Lauding G8 resolve to tackle food crisis UN urges practical steps to

Welcoming the commitment shown by the leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) leading industrialized nations at their summit in Japan to combat the global food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for practical steps to alleviate hunger for millions around the globe.“What we have seen at the G-8 summit is the resolve to help protect the poorest from the devastating effect of high food prices and to find long term solutions to the food crisis,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.“We need to follow through with practical measures that can make a real difference in addressing urgent hunger needs throughout the world,” she added.WFP has been calling for concerted global action to address the effects of high food prices on the poor, including un-earmarked donations that give the agency greater flexibility for procuring and pre-positioning food for the hungry, the lifting of export restrictions on all humanitarian food purchases, and urgent consideration of the possible need for humanitarian global grain reserves.“We are living in unusual times, and this requires practical solutions now if we are going to confront the challenges we face,” Ms. Sheeran stated. “The G-8 expressed resolve, which I welcome. Now comes the hard part: solving problems and reaching as many hungry people as possible in as sustainable a way as possible.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who attended the summit in Hokkaido, Japan, told reporters in New York today that he appreciated the endorsement by the G-8 of the Comprehensive Framework for Action, created by his High-Level Task Force, to address the global food crisis.“In addition to addressing immediate needs, we must also use this opportunity to address the structural roots of the crisis,” he said, highlighting the need to boost both public and private funding for agricultural production and research.Mr. Ban pointed out that G-8 leaders in Hokkaido called for a contribution of an additional $10 billion for this purpose, but noted that the Task Force’s Agreement sets the need at over $25 billion annually. 10 July 2008Welcoming the commitment shown by the leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) leading industrialized nations at their summit in Japan to combat the global food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for practical steps to alleviate hunger for millions around the globe. read more

Sri Lanka ready to offer Japan more investment opportunities

During this meeting, President Sirisena recalled the long standing friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka and the President took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the Government of Japan for their assistance in various fields including, education, health and agricultural development. Representing the  Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry a group of 77 members  joined in this tour to Sri Lanka. In 1979 a group of representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited the country and this group is the largest Japanese  business representatives visited the country after 39 years, following the visit of 1979.Dr. Akio Mimura, Team Leader of the JCCI Economic Mission said that the Government of Japan is expected to explore investment opportunities in many fields, including industry, infrastructure, steel, software, transport and aviation.He also presented a series of new proposals prepared in this regard to the President. The President said that he greatly appreciated the friendliness extended by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe towards Sri Lanka and to him personally during the visit to Japan to attend last year’s G8 Summit.The President commended the great contribution of the  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Sri Lanka, especially towards the development of the country. He also said that as the Government of Sri Lanka is looking to increase investment opportunities in the country, the Government is ready to assist Japanese investors at any time with regard to Sri Lanka’s investment opportunities. Sri Lanka is ready to offer Japan more investment opportunities in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.A group of representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Economic Mission, who visited Sri Lanka to explore new business and investment opportunities, met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today. Malik Samarawikrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, Professor Dammika Ganganath Disanayake and Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma were present at the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more