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Spoke to @WFPChief of the @WFP today and invited him to visit Sri Lanka. He accepted my invitation and is planning to visit shortly. We appreciate all the support extended to us by the @WFP.
 
I met with the owners of Media Organizations and had an engaging conversation. I appealed to them for responsible reporting of the facts while holding the government accountable when required. Their support is important for us to navigate through this crisis together.
 
We appreciate the support of @AusHCSriLanka @UN and @CricketAus on this initiative. Sri Lankans are resilient and I assure you, we will bounce back stronger.
Sri Lanka is currently going through a severe economic crisis. @UN has launched a flash appeal in 🇱🇰 to support communities affected by the economic crisis. If you would like to donate affected communities in 🇱🇰, follow the link below:

srilanka.embassy.gov.au/clmb/ResponseS…

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I welcome the adoption of the Sri Lanka Electricity (amendment) bill. This allows rapid deployment of cost effective renewable energy to the grid. Thank you @kanchana_wij for his seeing this through.
 
I look forward to meeting the media owners today regarding the current situation. It is vital that we keep the citizens updated on the crisis and progress being made. I will meet the management teams of these organisations in the coming days.
 
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12) Let’s set aside all differences, Let’s start a new journey. We will initiate the necessary constitutional reforms. We can start to change the system by thinking differently and acting differently. Let us unite and take full responsibility to restore the country to normalcy.
 
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e) Enabling ownership of urban flats on concessionary basis by occupants who are currently renting them. f) We will take steps to provide available 1,888 apartments built by China to the deserving without any political influence.
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12) Let’s set aside all differences, Let’s start a new journey. We will initiate the necessary constitutional reforms. We can start to change the system by thinking differently and acting differently. Let us unite and take full responsibility to restore the country to normalcy.
 
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d) Enable ownership of their lands by residents through guarantees like Swarnabhoomi and Mahawali schemes. We would have to overcome opposition from the Provincial Councils.
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e) Enabling ownership of urban flats on concessionary basis by occupants who are currently renting them. f) We will take steps to provide available 1,888 apartments built by China to the deserving without any political influence.
 
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b) While the economy is in turmoil people are facing various hardships. We will increase relief packages to the economically backward from$350 million to $550 million. c) 100% of loans would be written off for farming families who cultivate paddy on lands less than 2 hectares.
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d) Enable ownership of their lands by residents through guarantees like Swarnabhoomi and Mahawali schemes. We would have to overcome opposition from the Provincial Councils.
 
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11) The IMF has agreed that the budget should focus on the economically weaker segment of society. Some of the key areas the budget would be focusing on: a) 73% of households in a @WFP survey have reduced their food intake. Our food security plan would ensure 3 meals a day
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b) While the economy is in turmoil people are facing various hardships. We will increase relief packages to the economically backward from$350 million to $550 million. c) 100% of loans would be written off for farming families who cultivate paddy on lands less than 2 hectares.
 
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10) The interim budget will reduce unnecessary government spending, while controlling other costs. We will also focus on revitalizing many areas affected by the crisis. There is an urgent need to focus on many sectors such as the export economy, tourism and construction
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11) The IMF has agreed that the budget should focus on the economically weaker segment of society. Some of the key areas the budget would be focusing on: a) 73% of households in a @WFP survey have reduced their food intake. Our food security plan would ensure 3 meals a day
 
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9) I will be presenting an interim budget to Parliament on the basis of our future economic plan and road map. Our hope is that this budget will lay the foundation for our economy, allowing it to stabilize and recover.
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10) The interim budget will reduce unnecessary government spending, while controlling other costs. We will also focus on revitalizing many areas affected by the crisis. There is an urgent need to focus on many sectors such as the export economy, tourism and construction
 
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8) Public service must be viewed from a different angle. Our mission is to create a public service that will enable a citizen to receive immediate and efficient services throughout their lives without any hassle.
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9) I will be presenting an interim budget to Parliament on the basis of our future economic plan and road map. Our hope is that this budget will lay the foundation for our economy, allowing it to stabilize and recover.
 
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7) Public service efficiency and productivity have fallen with no obligation to perform their duties due to the provision of unlimited employment in the public service. Therefore, the public sector needs to be completely restructured and reformed.
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8) Public service must be viewed from a different angle. Our mission is to create a public service that will enable a citizen to receive immediate and efficient services throughout their lives without any hassle.
 
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6) Our current systems are not working well and need to be overhauled, which we are doing now. The interim budget is the first step in rebuilding the system. Once we have taken that step, we will implement a modern system and install safeguards against future calamities
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7) Public service efficiency and productivity have fallen with no obligation to perform their duties due to the provision of unlimited employment in the public service. Therefore, the public sector needs to be completely restructured and reformed.
 
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5) I am in constant consultation with Foreign Ambassadors, UN Agencies and the World Food Program. I had conversations with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the President of the United Arab Emirates, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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6) Our current systems are not working well and need to be overhauled, which we are doing now. The interim budget is the first step in rebuilding the system. Once we have taken that step, we will implement a modern system and install safeguards against future calamities
 
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4) Many government agencies lack financial management and have not adhered to treasury guidelines. The government is unable to cover the losses of State-Owned Enterprises and the debt burden cannot be borne by State Banks. We need to return to the 2019 tax system to recover.
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5) I am in constant consultation with Foreign Ambassadors, UN Agencies and the World Food Program. I had conversations with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the President of the United Arab Emirates, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
 
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3) Our harvest has been declining over the past few months. Around $150M is required for our monthly food imports. We require around $600m a year to ensure an adequate supply fertilizer for our local and export crops. We are working on international assistance to obtain this.
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4) Many government agencies lack financial management and have not adhered to treasury guidelines. The government is unable to cover the losses of State-Owned Enterprises and the debt burden cannot be borne by State Banks. We need to return to the 2019 tax system to recover.
 
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2) The country spends $500 million on Fuel and $40 million on gas monthly. The next three weeks will be a difficult but we are trying to ensure the shortages fuel and gas will end. Let’s face these difficult three weeks united and with patience.
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3) Our harvest has been declining over the past few months. Around $150M is required for our monthly food imports. We require around $600m a year to ensure an adequate supply fertilizer for our local and export crops. We are working on international assistance to obtain this.
 
1) I trust everyone understands the crisis our country faces. Our primary focus is economic stability. We must set aside traditional political ideologies and make every effort to rebuild the country. Every citizen should play a role in this effort. We need to revive the economy.
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2) The country spends $500 million on Fuel and $40 million on gas monthly. The next three weeks will be a difficult but we are trying to ensure the shortages fuel and gas will end. Let’s face these difficult three weeks united and with patience.
 
1) I trust everyone understands the crisis our country faces. Our primary focus is economic stability. We must set aside traditional political ideologies and make every effort to rebuild the country. Every citizen should play a role in this effort. We need to revive the economy.
 
I thank Former Speaker @KaruOnline for agreeing to work together on the Parliament committees. His expertise will undoubtedly benefit our efforts to strengthen the Parliament. This step is greatly appreciated and I encourage others to come together at this crucial junction.
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Correction: Juncture
 
I thank Former Speaker @KaruOnline for agreeing to work together on the Parliament committees. His expertise will undoubtedly benefit our efforts to strengthen the Parliament. This step is greatly appreciated and I encourage others to come together at this crucial junction.
 
Our problems would get worse before they get better. We need to stabilize the economy and think a new on how we plan our economic recovery. Our national strategy should focus around an export oriented economy.

#SriLanka

youtu.be/0ESCr14YdRQ
 
The second round of discussions with the Party Leaders was convened today and a general consensus was reached regarding the 21st Amendment. However, the amendment may be subject to revisions based on the Supreme Court determination regarding the SJB constitutional amendment.
 
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5. I also met with the All Island Three-Wheeler Drivers and Owner's Association. They have requested for options of electric three-wheelers and charging stations powered by solar power. I have  instructed my Ministry Secretary to study this proposal and revert with a report.
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6. I met and thanked the Petrol Shed Owners Association for their hard work in the face of fuel shortages. 2 shipments are due on 16th and 21st June. An addition to existing Indian Credit Line for fuel is under review. The Sapugaskanda refinery has started refining furnace oil.
 
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4. Priority is given to overcome the food scarcity by securing fertiliser and compiling a food security program. In the event of any excess crops, those would be provided to vulnerable groups at a concessionary rate.
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5. I also met with the All Island Three-Wheeler Drivers and Owner's Association. They have requested for options of electric three-wheelers and charging stations powered by solar power. I have  instructed my Ministry Secretary to study this proposal and revert with a report.
 
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3. Debt restructuring has begun, following the appointment of financial and legal advisors. Our relations with Japan had broken down, we are working on repairing the relationship and regaining their confidence. We are also in the process of negotiating a bridging loan with India
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4. Priority is given to overcome the food scarcity by securing fertiliser and compiling a food security program. In the event of any excess crops, those would be provided to vulnerable groups at a concessionary rate.
 
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2. Discussions with the IMF are proceeding and we expect negotiations to conclude by the end of the month.
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3. Debt restructuring has begun, following the appointment of financial and legal advisors. Our relations with Japan had broken down, we are working on repairing the relationship and regaining their confidence. We are also in the process of negotiating a bridging loan with India
 
1. I met with representatives from the Joint Chambers and explained that the Government was targeting US $5bn this year for repayments, plus a further US $1bn to bolster the country's reserves. pic.twitter.com/Btjh3LmZqX
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2. Discussions with the IMF are proceeding and we expect negotiations to conclude by the end of the month.
 
1. I met with representatives from the Joint Chambers and explained that the Government was targeting US $5bn this year for repayments, plus a further US $1bn to bolster the country's reserves.
 
During a discussion with @BorisJohnson today, I briefed him on the situation in Sri Lanka. He pledged to support us especially in the fields of tackling climate change and assisting Sri Lanka in becoming an export oriented open economy.
 
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There is a system in place to control the Government through the Cabinet, to examine the work of the President, to oversee the work of the political affairs through the National Council and to oversee the financial affairs and other matters of the other fifteen committees.
 
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According to the new system we have proposed The President, The Cabinet of Ministers, The National Council and the 15 Committees including the Oversight Committees are accountable to Parliament.
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There is a system in place to control the Government through the Cabinet, to examine the work of the President, to oversee the work of the political affairs through the National Council and to oversee the financial affairs and other matters of the other fifteen committees.
 
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5. National Council •This includes the Speaker, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and the leaders of the major parties and has the power to summon the Cabinet and the Chairmen of Committees.
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According to the new system we have proposed The President, The Cabinet of Ministers, The National Council and the 15 Committees including the Oversight Committees are accountable to Parliament.
 
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•In addition, we hope to involve people with expertise in specific fields in this work. Through this work, young people will be able to learn about problems and provide solutions to them on their own. •They will be able to contest elections if they wish to do so.
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5. National Council •This includes the Speaker, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and the leaders of the major parties and has the power to summon the Cabinet and the Chairmen of Committees.
 
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4. Youth representatives for 15 committees •I propose 4 youth reps to each of these 15 committees. 1 to be appointed by the Youth Parliament. The other 3 from the protesting and other activist groups. •The methodology for this can be decided by the youth organizations.
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•In addition, we hope to involve people with expertise in specific fields in this work. Through this work, young people will be able to learn about problems and provide solutions to them on their own. •They will be able to contest elections if they wish to do so.
 
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3. Ten Oversight committees •These can be appointed by parliament under standing order 111. The Chairman of these committees will be appointed by backbencher MPs and not ministers.
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4. Youth representatives for 15 committees •I propose 4 youth reps to each of these 15 committees. 1 to be appointed by the Youth Parliament. The other 3 from the protesting and other activist groups. •The methodology for this can be decided by the youth organizations.
 
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2. Strengthening powers of committees (Continued): •We are working to establish two new Committees on Monetary Affairs. We will appoint a Legal and Methodological Committee to look into the matter.
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3. Ten Oversight committees •These can be appointed by parliament under standing order 111. The Chairman of these committees will be appointed by backbencher MPs and not ministers.
 
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2. Strengthening powers of committees: •There are 3 Committees on Government Finance at present; The Public Finance Committee, The Accounts Committee and The Committee on Public Enterprises. •There have been many proposals to strengthen the powers of these 3 Committees.
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2. Strengthening powers of committees (Continued): •We are working to establish two new Committees on Monetary Affairs. We will appoint a Legal and Methodological Committee to look into the matter.
 
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1. Strengthening Parliament Powers: •Following the example of countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and India, we are proposing a stronger and more powerful law to strengthen Parliament to exercise monetary powers
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2. Strengthening powers of committees: •There are 3 Committees on Government Finance at present; The Public Finance Committee, The Accounts Committee and The Committee on Public Enterprises. •There have been many proposals to strengthen the powers of these 3 Committees.
 
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Taking some learnings from the past; I propose we change the structure of Parliament and create a new system by combining the existing system of Parliament (Westminster system) and the system of State Councils as we had before the independence of Sri Lanka from 1921 to 1947
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1. Strengthening Parliament Powers: •Following the example of countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and India, we are proposing a stronger and more powerful law to strengthen Parliament to exercise monetary powers
 
In reply to @RW_UNP
The functioning of the Parliament has been paralyzed due to the weakening of the Parliamentary powers by the 20th Amendment. The Executive has been given more powers. The Parliament has failed to prevent the economic crisis despite the ruling party having a majority in Parliament
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Taking some learnings from the past; I propose we change the structure of Parliament and create a new system by combining the existing system of Parliament (Westminster system) and the system of State Councils as we had before the independence of Sri Lanka from 1921 to 1947
 
Apart from the economic issues, there are also 2 major issues in the political sphere we are facing.
1.21st Amendment: We, as party leaders, are now finalizing this.
2.The abolition of the Executive Presidency: The timing and methodology must be decided by the Party Leaders.
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The functioning of the Parliament has been paralyzed due to the weakening of the Parliamentary powers by the 20th Amendment. The Executive has been given more powers. The Parliament has failed to prevent the economic crisis despite the ruling party having a majority in Parliament
 
Apart from the economic issues, there are also 2 major issues in the political sphere we are facing.
1.21st Amendment: We, as party leaders, are now finalizing this.
2.The abolition of the Executive Presidency: The timing and methodology must be decided by the Party Leaders.
 
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6. The Party Leaders meeting to discuss the draft 21st Amendment was held today (27) for party leaders to present their observations regarding the draft amendment. pic.twitter.com/6wtgPOhgZM
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A Final meeting has been scheduled for next Friday (3rd June) due to the Tamil National Alliance being unable to attend today's meeting. Pleased that there was a general consensus regarding the need to amend and pass a 21st Amendment to the constitution
 
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We are looking to fast track the talks and finalize the arrangement by Mid June as this becomes a crucial step to find concrete solutions to the problems we are facing
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6. The Party Leaders meeting to discuss the draft 21st Amendment was held today (27) for party leaders to present their observations regarding the draft amendment.
 
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5. IMF Engagement: I virtually connected with the IMF Team where we discussed an economic program that could be supported by an IMF Lending arrangement.
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We are looking to fast track the talks and finalize the arrangement by Mid June as this becomes a crucial step to find concrete solutions to the problems we are facing
 
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Sri Lanka has a small window in which if the correct policies are taken we can reduce the impact.
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5. IMF Engagement: I virtually connected with the IMF Team where we discussed an economic program that could be supported by an IMF Lending arrangement.
 
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4. Banking Sector: I met with Central Bank officials and a number of local and foreign bankers this week. We discussed the high risk of rising international interest rates and severe danger of worldwide increase of  food prices observed at this moment.
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Sri Lanka has a small window in which if the correct policies are taken we can reduce the impact.
 
 
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