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HE Dr Chris Nonis meets HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan during his visit to London. In Jordan, HRH Prince El Hassan established the Royal Scientific Society, the Arab Thought Forum, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. He is also Chair of one of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Boards, and President of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD). A pluralist, believing in consensus and respect for the other, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, articulated his ideals of societies in which all peoples can live, work and function in freedom and with dignity, and emphasized opportunities for global partnership towards these aims.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

16 July 2014

 
COMMONWEALTH CRICKET UNIFIES THE PEOPLE – DR CHRIS NONIS PDF Print E-mail

 

Cricket is a strong unifier amongst all communities, Dr Chris Nonis said, as he warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan Cricket team to a Commonwealth Cricket Reception at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. He congratulated the team for their perseverance and dedication and that it was a great tribute to Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma and High Commissioners from Commonwealth Countries; Rt Hon Lord Naseby, Damian Collins M.P., David Campbell-Bannerman M.E.P., David Morris, M.P., joined other Members of Parliament, Commonwealth Institutions, and cricket enthusiasts to felicitate the team. Captain of the team, Angelo Matthews, and Manager of the team, Michael de Zoysa also addressed the gathering.

Dr Nonis stated that the Sri Lankan cricket team is a microcosm of Sri Lanka, reflecting the diversity and heterogeneity of the country, and the spirit and aspirations of the Commonwealth.

It was particularly appropriate that a Commonwealth Cricket Reception was held in London to felicitate our Cricket Team, as Sri Lanka successfully hosted CHOGM 2013 and H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the current Chair-in-office of the Commonwealth.

 

 

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

12th June 2014

 
Lanka has established macro economic fundamentals - Chris Nonis PDF Print E-mail

 

The panellists, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Nonis, Chairman (SEC) Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman (CSE) Krishan Balendra and CEO (CSE) Rajeeva Bandaranaike addressing various aspects of the economy, liquidity,Governance and future outlook on the capital market of Sri Lanka at the forum.

 

In order to showcase the opportunities available in the capital market of Sri Lanka the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) held an Investor Forum at the Savoy Hotel London last Friday and a panel discussion too was followed.

This was organized in association with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Bloomberg received an unprecedented response. Over 150 fund managers attended the forum. .

The panelists for this interactive event were, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Dr. Chris Nonis, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa who is the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Krishan Balendra the Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange. .

Opening remarks were made by Rajeeva Bandaranaike (RB), CEO of the Colombo Stock Exchange. .

Explaining some of the measures that Sri Lanka has taken in recent times to address the issue of liquidity Dr. Godahewa (NG) said that the liquidity issue is primarily to do with how the market has grown over the past few years. .

For a very long period till the end of the war, the market was stagnant and there were very few companies in the market and it is only now that the real prospect has started. As far as the Securities and Exchange Commission is concerned, and the Colombo Stock Exchange, we have looked at several areas to address this issue. .

In 2013 we brought in a new regulation, where all listed companies are expected to raise their minimum public float to 20 per-cents within the next two years that will make a significant impact. .

Secondly we have taken measures to bring more companies to the market; we currently have 293 companies, which have grown very slowly through the past 20 years. But now we see more and more companies are considering IPOs and right now my understanding is that about 45 new companies, some of them are pretty large companies, are in the pipeline to list in the next three years, that will again make a difference.

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Sri Lanka opens London Stock Exchange PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lanka on Friday livened up the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as the country was symbolically partnered for the market opening at 8 a.m. The move by the LSE was to mark the highly-successful Investor Forum in London, in which it was also involved. LSE’s ties with Sri Lanka got a big boost when it acquired MillenniumIT, the capital markets software specialist.

 

The LSE is powered by solutions developed by MIT as well. SEC Chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in UK Dr. Chris Nonis, LSE CEO Alexander Justham, CSE Chairman Krishan Belandra, Director and incoming Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka, CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike, SEC Commissioners Zuraish Hashim and Lolitha Abeysinghe and MIT Sri Lankan executives and Sri Lanka High Commission officials were among others present at the market opening of the LSE, which was followed by logos of the CSE and SEC flashed across the main trading screen of the LSE – Pix by Nisthar Cassim in London

(Courtesy : DailyFT - June 2, 2014 )

 
Vesak Celebration and Almsgiving at the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK E-mail

 

 

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom organized an almsgiving for twenty Venerable members of the Maha Sanga representing the Buddhist temples in the UK, on Wednesday 14th May, with the participation of the Sri Lankan community, as part of its Vesak Celebrations, and also to invoke blessings on H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commission premises were colourfully adorned with Vesak lanterns, Buddhist flags and decorations.

Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain & Head of the London Buddhist Vihara Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero; Chief Incumbent of the Kingsbury Saddhatissa International Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Nayaka Thero; Chief Incumbent of the Birmingham Jetavana Buddhist Temple Ven. Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thero; and Ven. Maha Sanga from the following Buddhist Viharas also participated at the Almsgiving:- Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple, Hounslow; East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, Plaistow; Upton Temple, Plaistow; Thames Buddhist Vihara, Croydon; Mahamevnawa Asapuwa, Billericay; Scotland Buddhist Vihara, Scotland; and Redbridge Buddhist Cultural Centre, Ilford.

Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, Ven Dr Handupalpola Mahinda Nayaka Thero, and Ven Dedunupitiye Upananda Thero, in their Anusasanas outlined the meaning of the Triple Festival of Vesak commemorating the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha; the universality of Buddhism; and the imperative of unity of all Sri Lankans.

In his concluding remarks, Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero commended the service rendered by the High Commissioner and staff and for their active participation in many Temple events throughout the UK, and that this was reflected in the participation of the Ven Maha Sanga from so many Temples in the UK in the High Commission’s Vesak celebration and almsgiving today.

 

The High Commission of Sri Lanka


London

14th May 2014

 
Dr Chris Nonis, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to the UK, meets Prime Minister of Pakistan, HE Nawaz Sharif, in London PDF Print

 

 

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met the Prime Minister of Pakistan, HE Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to London. Dr Nonis articulated the strong and longstanding friendship and cooperation that exists between the two countries, and the value of the comprehensive bilateral Free Trade Agreement. HE Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirming his strong bond of friendship, spoke about his meeting with HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013, chaired by President Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

08th May 2014

 
Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa visits Sri Lanka High Commission in London PDF Print

 

 

The Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was in the UK to attend a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The Hon Speaker is the immediate Past President of the CPA.

The Hon Speaker was welcomed by High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis, to the Sri Lanka High Commission, during his stay in London. The Hon Speaker commended the work carried out by the staff of the Mission for the Sri Lankan community, as well as the several Commonwealth related events held at the High Commission in recognition of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa assuming the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth.

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

08 May 2014

 

 
Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa meets Parliamentarians in the UK PDF Print

 

L to R: Rt Hon Lord Sheikh, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis, Ian Paisley M.P., Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Worshipful Mayor Frances Stainton, James Wharton MP, David Morris, MP.

Dr Chris Nonis , Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, hosted a gathering in London in honour of Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. The Hon Speaker, who is the immediate Past President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association(CPA), was in the UK to attend the meeting of the Executive Committee of the CPA.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

01 May 2014

 
Unity is strength

In his address on Sri Lanka's Independence Day, High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis emphasised that the wealth of the country was in the diversity of its people of varying backgrounds, ethnicities and religions.

He said it was imperative to make optimum use of that diversity and build a strong and unified Sri Lanka which would then be able to resist those external forces that seek to divide rather than unify Sri Lanka.

Dr Nonis was speaking to a large gathering of the British polity including parliamentarians from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, heads of diplomatic missions, members of the Commonwealth Secretariat including its Secretary-General, members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the business community, think tanks, international organisations and representatives from HRH Prince Charles' office and Buckingham Palace, at a reception held at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to celebrate the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner thanked the 53 London-based Commonwealth high commissioners who, in their capacity as members of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat, played a pivotal role in ensuring that Sri Lanka hosted CHOGM 2013 so successfully. He thanked them for their friendship, cooperation and solidarity with Sri Lanka, especially in not succumbing to the strong pressures from lobby groups in the years leading up to the CHOGM.

He referred to the value that had accrued to Sri Lanka in hosting CHOGM for it provided an opportunity to a large cross-section of the global community such as governments, business leaders, youth and media to visit Sri Lanka and form their own views of contemporary Sri Lanka without depending on hearsay and jaundiced opinions.

Dr Nonis invited those present to view the special exhibition at the High Commission premises on CHOGM 2013 and its three parallel fora, the numerous heads of state and government of the Commonwealth with whom President Mahinda Rajapaksa had fruitful bilateral meetings. The exhibition also portrayed the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who had endeared themselves so graciously to the Sri Lankan people.

The exhibition also depicted the comprehensive rehabilitation, reconciliation and reconstruction programmes undertaken in post-conflict Sri Lanka.

The exhibition was also viewed by a substantial number of the Sri Lankan diaspora who gathered earlier in the day to participate in the traditional ceremonies associated with Independence Day and listen to the prayers of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian religious dignitaries who bestowed blessings on Sri Lanka and its leaders.

Reminding his different audiences of Sri Lanka's history, Dr Nonis said that universal franchise was granted to both men and women in 1931, 17 years before independence. Exercising the right of the ballot even before independence helped Sri Lanka build the vibrant democracy that it is today.

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