So Strong and resilient Sri Lanka
Press Release 3 – 10th May 2019
The Office of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne with the assistance of the Sri Lankan expatriate community and the State Government of Victoria organised the celebration of the 71st Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka in the evening of 4 February 2019 at the Box Hill Town Hall, Box Hill, Melbourne. The official flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Office of the Consulate General in the morning.
The celebration commenced with the singing of the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil and observance of two minutes silence in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation, lighting of the traditional oil lamp followed by multi faith religious observances conducted by the clergy of all four religions who blessed Sri Lanka and its people.
Hon. Josh Bull, Member of Legislative Assembly and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs represented the Premier of Victoria while Hon. Craig Ondarchie, Member of Legislative Council, represented the Leader of the Opposition of the Victorian Parliament who proffered felicitations of the Government and the Opposition to Sri Lanka and its people.
Hon. Bruce Atkinson, the President of the Legislative Council of Victoria (Upper House of the State Parliament), Hon. Jason wood and Hon. Julian Hill, Members of Australian Federal Parliament and number of other political dignitaries of Victoria, Mayors and City Councillors, Senior Government Officials, Commissioners of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, University Academics and members of the Consular Corps were in attendance at the event.
One of the highlights of the event was the splendid cultural performances, presented before 600 strong audience, which depicted rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka and performed by children of Sri Lankan origin in Melbourne.
One of the most significant items of the event was the felicitation of group of 12 brilliant students of Sri Lankan origin who achieved highest academic excellence in their Victoria Certificate of Education Examination of last year. Political Dignitaries of Victoria and several academics of Sri Lankan origin who hold very senior academic positions in the best universities in Melbourne joined the Consul General in felicitating these students.
The Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Melbourne
05th February 2019
The inauguration of the second segment of the international students exchange programme between Business School of Monash University in Melbourne and University of Sri Jayewardenepura of Sri Lanka (USJP) was held at the Monash Club at Monash University on Monday, 14 January 2019. Twenty six students and two academics of from the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the USJP commenced their study programme titled “Engaging with International Business: Sustainable Tourism for Business Development” which will be finished on 25 January 2019. This programme will focus on Australian Business Environment, Sustainable Development Goals and Business, Tourism as a Sustainable Business, The role of Diaspora in Business Promotion, Professional Development Workshops, Interactions with Business Leaders, Visits to Sustainable Tourism Development projects in regional Victoria and students’ presentations at the end of the programme.
The first segment of this international students exchange programme was completed in February 2018 when 26 students and five academics of Monash Business School took part in a study tour at the USJP for two weeks.
The inauguration ceremony began with the introductory remarks by Professor Michaela Rankin Deputy Dean/International and Professor of Accounting of Monash Business School. Prof. Rankin emphasised the importance of the mutually beneficial collaboration between Monash Business School and the USJP and also number of training programmes conducted at the Monash Business School for Sri Lankan Public Servants under the auspices of the AUSAID.
Professor Robert Brooks, Acting Dean and Professor of Econometrics & Business Statistics of Monash Business School welcomed the academics and students of the USJP to the programme. Professor Brooks elaborated the history of the collaboration between the two Universities and requested the students to utilise the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and also maximise the utilisation of facilities available to them at Monash Business School.
While delivering his speech Dr. Wasantha Perera, Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Management Studies and Finance of the USJP expressed the gratitude of the USJP to Monash Business School for hosting the programme. Dr. Perera, himself a beneficiary of Australian university Education system remarked that this would be an invaluable opportunity for the Sri Lankan students to undergo a study programme at a world-class University.
Representing the Government of Sri Lanka at the inauguration, Mr. Prasanna Gamage, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne thank both Universities for their continuing efforts to promote students and academic exchanges over the years. Mr. Gamage requested the students to learn how truly multicultural City of Melbourne has been able to equally accommodate people from over 200 ethnicities and 175 faith groups in its society. The Consul General while revisiting the initial discussions held in 2016 on the formulation of a programme for academic and student exchange between the two Universities appreciated the untiring efforts of the two institutions for achieving the objective within a short period of time.
Associate Professor Ramanie Samaratunge, a Senior Lecturer and Dr. Lakmal Abeysekera, Lecturer at Monash Business, Dr. (Ms.) Pushpakuamari of USJP were also attended the inauguration together with academics and other seniors officials of Monash Business School. Prof. Samaratunge, a distinguished alumnus of the USJP has been a vital link between this programme.
The second cohort of five academics and twenty six students from Monash Business School will undertake their training programme at the USJP from 11 February 2019 for two weeks.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka Melbourne
Monash Business School Monash University, Melbourne
18 January 2019
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University of Melbourne in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne hosted a networking event on 26 November 2018 with Australian IT professionals, service providers and developers at the RMIT University. This was organised for a visiting Sri Lankan IT delegation and was coordinated by the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. The delegation comprised Softcodeit Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, 24/7 Techies Private Ltd, INEXIS CONSULTING, Senid Business Solutions, PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd, i-Context Content Convergence Private Limited and the ICTA Sri Lanka.
Mr. Chaminda Ranasinghe, Chief Marketing Officer of the RMIT University welcomed the Sri Lankan delegation, Australian IT sector representatives and the professionals who attended the event.
Professor John Thangarajah, Associate Dean and Head of the Computer Science and Software Engineering of the RMIT University, while delivering key note address of the event, emphasised the importance of exploring potential opportunities of IT sector in Australia and strengthening the educational collaboration in IT sector between Australia and Sri Lanka. Appreciating the remarkable achievements of Sri Lanka’s IT sector over the years Prof. Thangarajah requested the Sri Lankan IT professionals to explore new opportunities in the area of artificial intelligence and related software development. Prof. Thangarajah reiterated RMIT’s commitment to further strengthen its partnerships with Sri Lanka.
Mr. Sachindra Samararatne, Programme Manager of the ICTA, conducted a comprehensive presentation on IT sector opportunities and developments in Sri Lanka. Mr. Samararatne also elaborated on the strides which have been made by the Sri Lankan IT sector companies in the global arena and key achievements and partnerships developed over the years.
Proposing a vote of thanks Mr. Prasanna Gamage, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne, conveyed the sincere appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka to the RMIT University for hosting the event which was another significant development of RMIT’s engagement with Sri Lanka. The Consul General also spoke on the need for professionals to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships so that the two countries would be able to collaborate further in the IT sector development while sharing experience and knowledge and avenues for new opportunities.
The networking event provided a splendid opportunity for the visiting delegation to meet with a large number of Melbourne based Australian IT businesses and consultants and also to observe state of the art facilities of the IT sector available at the RMIT University.
The Coconut Development Authority of Sri Lanka (CDA), in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, organised a well-attended Business Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 in Melbourne for Sri Lankan Coconut Products Exporters who are attending the Fine Food Australia Exhibition 2018, currently being held in Melbourne, to promote Sri Lankan coconut products and to interact with potential business partners and buyers in Australia.
The event was hosted by Mr. H K Udaya Rupasinghe, Chairman of the CDA and Mr. W G S Prasanna, Consul General of Sri Lanka for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in Melbourne.
Mr. Abdul Raheem, Consul (Commercial) of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney, delivered the opening remarks highlighting the importance of enhancing bilateral trade and investment between Sri Lanka and Australia and the vital role the private sector and industry partners can play in achieving mutual benefits for both countries.
Delivering his welcome speech at the event Mr. W.G.S. Prasanna, Consul General, appreciated the initiative undertaken by the CDA to promote coconut based products in Australia. The Consul General recalled the salient aspects of the long standing and enduring partnership between Sri Lanka and Australia. He also highlighted the potential areas for business in coconut products and requested the industry partners to capitalise on this initiative so that they could establish mutually beneficial partnerships and initiatives.
Mr. Sampath Samarawickrama, Director/Marketing Development & Research of the CDA, presented to the gathering a general overview of the coconut industry of Sri Lanka, current developments, trends and potential areas for business promotion. Mr. Samarawickrama’s detailed presentation also provided an opportunity for the gathering to learn about the vast range of coconut based products originating from Sri Lanka and its worldwide expansion over the years.
Mr. Samrawickrama together with M/s Mario de Alwis, Chairman/Ma’s Tropical Food Processing (Pvt) Ltd, and Annes Junaid, Managing Director of CBL Natural Food (Pvt) Ltd, engaged with an enthusiastic audience during the Questions & Answers session.
The event provided an opportunity for over 60 participants to interact and discuss trade, business and investment opportunities.
Hon. Jude Perera and Hon. Craig Ondarchie, Members of the State Parliament of Victoria, Councillor Beverly Pinder-Mortimer of Melbourne City Council, Mr. James Edwards, Regional Trade Specialist for India & South Asia of the Victorian State Government, and Mr. Niels Strazdins, Victoria State Manager of the Export Council of Australia, were also in attendance.
Consulate General of Sri Lanka
11th September 2018
The State Government of Victoria in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka and Aus- Lanka Business Council organised a well-attended networking reception to recognise mutual opportunities for trade and investment between Sri Lanka and Victoria on 23rd February 2018 at the Investment Centre of Victoria in Melbourne. The event was hosted by Hon. Philip Dalidakis, MP, and Minister for Trade Investment, Innovation and Digital Economy, Small Business and International Education of Victoria.
The Hon. Frank McGuire, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Innovation representing the State Government of Victoria delivered a speech highlighting the longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between the State of Victoria and Sri Lanka. Hon. McGuire stated that the State Government of Victoria is focusing on business/investment opportunities between Victoria and Sri Lanka in key areas such as education, agriculture, infrastructure, tourism etc. Hon. McGuire also announced that Hon. Philip Dalidakis and Ms. Michelle Wade, Trade Commissioner- South Asia of the Victorian Sate Government will be undertaking a visit to Sri Lanka in March 2018 to further explore trade and investment opportunities and also to consolidate existing relations between the two sides.
Delivering his remarks at the event, Mr. W.G.S. Prasanna, Consul General of Sri Lanka for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in Melbourne conveyed the appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka to the State Government of Victoria for hosting the event and underlined the salient aspects of the enduring partnership between Sri Lanka and Australia. The Consul General also highlighted the potential areas for trade and investment in Sri Lanka and invited Victorian business community to invest in Sri Lanka.
Ms. Dilkie Perera, National President of the Aus-Lanka Business Council also addressed the gathering.
The event provided an opportunity for over 100 participants to interact and discuss trade, business and investment opportunities. Mr. Abdul Raheem, Consul/Trade of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney was also present and assisted the participants in providing information relating to trade and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka.
The audience was treated to an exquisite Sri Lankan cultural performance which comprised traditional Sri Lankan dancing and drumming.
Consulate General of Sri Lanka Melbourne
26th February 2018
Collection of Biometrics from passport applicants who apply passports through Sri Lankan Missions Abroad
The Department of Immigration and Emigration introduces mandatory collection of biometrics (finger prints and digital face image) from passport applicants and Automated Finger Print Identification (AFIS) for the applicants who apply for passports via Sri Lanka Missions Abroad with effect from 01st December 2017.
Therefore, any individual applying for Sri Lankan Passport at this office on or after 01st December 2017 are kindly requested to provide biometric data and AFIS to the Department of immigration & Emigration upon his/her first entry to Sri Lanka.
The necessary facilities will be available at the Head office and Regional Branches of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, of which details are given below:
01. Head Office: Suhurupaya, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla (TP: +94 11 5329000)
02. Regional Offices:
I) Matara – 9, Sri Vijaya Building, Rahula Road, Matara (TP: +94 41 5412212)
II) Kandy – 42/3 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy (TP: +94 81 5624470)
III) Vavuniya – JC 23, Outer Circle Road, Vavuniya (TP: +94 25 5676344)
IV) Kurunegala – 129, Dambulla Road, Kurunegala (TP: +94 37 55505620)
Consulate General of Sri Lanka
The Department of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka has instructed not to accept incomplete Dual Citizenship applications.
Therefore, the Consulate General will not accept/ entertain any incomplete application/s for dual citizenship with immediate effect.
All prospective applicant/s are advised to follow instructions given in the following link/s in the website www.slcgmel.org before submitting the applications.
For your kind Information please.
Consul General 05 October 2017