Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network in Shanghai on 26th April 2004. The Minister was in Shanghai leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the 60th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The Asian Highway Project was initiated in 1959 by ESCAP to promote development of international road transport in Asia to facilitate international trade and tourism. The basic principle for the formulation of the Asian Land Transport Infrastructure Development Project is to link the capital cities in mainland Asia. The Asian Highway Network consists of highway routes of international importance within Asia, including highway routes substantially crossing more than one sub region, highway routes within sub regions, including those connecting to neighbouring sub regions and highway routes located within member states. To date 22 countries have signed this Agreement.
“This project should
not be construed as of connecting only cities across the region but as an
initiative to connect the village to the city, this integrating the villager
with the globalization,” Foreign Minister Kadirgamar said.
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