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Japan offers Sri Lanka its communications technology
Publication Date : 30-07-2013
Japan has offered its information and communications technology (ICT) to Sri Lanka, which Japan said would come as a complete package including the necessary financial assistance for implementation of the system.
Visiting Japanese Internal and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo said this while addressing the media in Colombo, at the conclusion of his two day official visit to Sri Lanka.
He added that the Japanese ICT system had been tested and evaluated by Sri Lankan authorities.
"It is up to you to decide if you want it. I am not here to promote Japanese technology but to offer a system that would help improve the lives of Sri Lankan people in all fields including industry and technology," he said.
Asked if the ICT offer involved financial assistance for implementation purposes, Yoshitaka replied that it covered every aspect, including the necessary funds.
Declining to state what the cost of the project would be, he pointed out that one should look at the immense benefits that would accrue, including halving of costs of construction of roads and bridges, for example.
The visiting minister had earlier met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Keheliya Rambukwella, as well as Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa
The ministerial delegation and Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Nobuhito Hobo, were also present at the press conference.