Japan's Internal Affairs and Communication Minister Yoshitaka during his two-day visit to Sri Lanka has agreed to provide assistance for developing the country's information technology, telecommunications and other technology-related projects.
Minister Shindo, who arrived in the country Sunday, met with the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa before his departure Tuesday and assured Japanese assistance to strengthen the long-standing relationship between the two countries.
Minister Rajapaksa said that Japan tops the list of countries giving development assistance to Sri Lanka and expressed appreciation to the Japanese Government for the continuous assistance given to Sri Lanka in the areas of power and energy development, fisheries and highway construction among others during the past four years.
According to the Economic Development Minister, a number of Japanese investors have visited Sri Lanka due to the country's improved infrastructure facilities and its environment-friendly nature.
The Minister said that Japan's decision to assist and do research in developing information technology and telecommunications in the island is another victory for the country.
"Such assistance is vital to Sri Lanka to raise the country's production levels and provide electricity at a profit," Minister Rajapaksa has said adding that Japan has the best expertise in these areas.
The Japanese Minister also held discussions with the Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on providing assistance to implement an information communication technology programme covering the entire island.
According to Minister Rambukwella, the program will immensely contribute towards country's economy, communication and education sectors. The two ministers also discussed the digitalization of electronic media under the initiative.