Acting British High Commissioner, Lisa Whantsall met with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss areas of collaboration between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom last week.
Whanstall congratulated the Prime Minister on the recent election results and said the "SLPP has a very strong mandate" and asked what the government's priorities were. Rajapaksa emphasised economic development as the world prepares for post COVID-19, with a specific focus on enhancing trade relations, promoting investments, agriculture, and poverty eradications, Colombo Gazette reported.
According to the UK delegation, the UK's International Trade Minister, Ranil Jayawardena is interested in strengthening trade relations between both countries to do business more easily,
Acting High Commissioner also expressed interest in working with Parliament, and including programs for MP exchanges once COVID-19 is under control.
Progress of the Port City was also discussed, because its strategic location could attract investment for Sri Lanka. Green finance, biodiversity, rural economy, and sustainable agriculture were also discussed at the meeting.