The western province development project led by Mega Police and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka will be launched on January 29 at the Independence Square under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Mega Police and Western Province Development Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe addressing the Sri Lanka Investment Conference organized in parallel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has said that the Sri Lankan Government has launched a formal and systematic economic plan to regain the position the island nation enjoyed thousands of years ago as the trade and economic hub in Asia.

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Physical Fitness Promotion Walk organized by the Ministry of Parliament Reforms and Mass Media to mark the National Sports and Physical Fitness Week was held this morning at the Independence Square under the patronage of Minister of Parliament Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake and Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana.Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera was also present.

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The National Film Cooperation of Sri Lanka has scheduled a number of programs to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Sri Lankan Cinema and the 44th anniversary of the National Film Cooperation which falls on 21 January this year .

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The visiting New Delhi based Chilean envoy Andres Barbe discussed the possibility of Chile focusing on exporting goods to the Indian and the rest of the Asian markets, using Sri Lanka as a platform.

The chilean envoy said, "It takes 60-days for us to ship our products to the Indian market from Chile, which is very time consuming and costly,"

Chilean Ambassador Andres Barbe visited the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce last week to explore the investment potential in Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador was welcomed by CEO and Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Mangala P.B. Yapa and Senior Assistant Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Lilakshini de Mel.

Amassador Barbe further said that minerals, forestry, agriculture value addition, such as producing wines and also fruits are some of the county's biggest industries. He also said that he will work to bring a high level Chilean delegation soon to Sri Lanka to further discuss available opportunities.

CEO and Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Mangala P.B. Yapa said Chile can use the tax-free Hambantota Port as a hub to focus on the South Asian market and the rest of Asia as Sri Lanka is connected to the global maritime route.

According to Andres Barbe said that Chile has signed 24 Free Trade Agreements with different nations and the country strongly believes in free trade. Chile is in the South American region.