Commemorates 60th anniversary : Colombo Plan – a central pillar of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy

The inauguration of the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Colombo Plan took place on Friday at the Colombo Hilton under the patronage of Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs.

The Colombo Plan, the secretariat of which is based in Colombo, has been a central pillar of the foreign policy of Sri Lanka, fostering cooperation, collaboration and mutual understanding with the rest of the world. It was also instrumental in putting some essential infrastructure and institutional establishments in place. These include, amongst others, the procurement of 50 diesel locomotives that still run, Hardy technical institute, Lakshapana hydro-power station, Colombo Milk factory, Katunayake airport, CISIR, Tea Research Institute and Gannoruwa Agricultural Research Centre to mention a few.

In 1995, Colombo Plan was revitalized at a time when funds for capital development projects were being curtailed and it now operates four major programmes in the country – Public Administration and Environment, Private Sector Development, Drug Advisory and Long Term Scholarship. It also plays a major role in South-South cooperation with emphasis on human resource development while implementing 96 programmes in the region.

Since 1995, the total number of beneficiaries of the Colombo Plan has been 17, 582 , The recent expansion of the programme portfolio of the Colombo Plan has opened up many opportunities to Sri Lankans and the recently-established Colombo Plan Library has been a useful resource centre for many of them.

[Sourced from The Island Saturday, 2 July 2011]

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