Key issues discussed at AMCHAM meeting in Colombo (Watch video)

Key issues discussed at AMCHAM meeting in Colombo (Watch video)

Written by Staff Writer

24 Feb, 2015 | 9:31 pm

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, made a startling revelation on Tuesday that the real national debt burden is estimated to be 9.6 trillion rupees – albeit with contingent liabilities.

The Minister was speaking at a Breakfast Meeting organised by AMCHAM Sri Lanka or the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka.

The Breakfast Meeting was held  in Colombo on Tuesday morning under the theme Sri Lanka – the way forward.

The meeting saw the participation of several cabinet ministers, politicians, diplomats and representatives of the business community.

The interactive session, held following the minister’s address, was moderated by Shameer Rasooldeen, Director of English News at News1st.

During the session, questions were posed to Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on the much-awaited National Drug Policy.

Responding to questions Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that he will bring on March 4, the new Drug Policy Act, which will make a revolution in the health sector, with the prescription of all the drugs by their generic name.

Speaking during the interactive session, Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, the Leader of the Liberal Party, who had recently submitted his resignation as State Minister of Higher Education, highlighted the importance of electoral reform.

State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijeywardene was grilled on the floating armoury in Galle, which had been the subject of much controversy in the recent past.

In his vote of thanks, Nimal Cooke, Director /Secretary at AMCHAM Sri Lanka, provided a fresh observation on the floating armoury controversy.

Questions were also posed at this event regarding the government’s taxation policy.

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