Bhutan Minister of Education and Skills Development Jai Bir Rai called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (6) and held detailed discussion on bilateral relations, potential for investments and regional issues.
The Prime Minister referred to historic religious and cultural relations between the two countries and said the efforts must be made to enhance trade, investments and tourism.
Minister Jai Bir Rai thanked Sri Lanka for providing scholarships to Bhutanese students to study medicine, engineers, information technology and other courses of in premier universities. He also expressed willingness to send Bhutanese teachers and educationists to the South Asian Teacher Education Development Center set up in Sri lanka with assistance from UNESCO.
The Prime Minister briefed the visiting Bhutanese Minister about President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal to set up a Climate Change University in Sri Lanka and the Minister said it was a brilliant move and it would benefit all the countries in South Asia and elsewhere.
The Prime Minister Gunawardena said similar views were expressed by all the South Asian ministers who met him during their visit to Colombo to attend the 75th anniversary celebrations of Sri Lanka’s independence. He added that all those countries extended fullest support to setting up of the Climate Change University.
Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake and Bhutanese Ambassador Rinchen Kuentsyl also participated in the discussions.