A Government delegation for a major trade fair in Japan this week, where the Eastern Province would be showcased as a prime tourism destination in Sri Lanka, includes Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesaturai Chadrakanthan.
It would be the first overseas trip for the former rebel turned politician who assumed the post of Chief Minister in May this year. Deputy Tourism Minister Faizer Mustapha who will be part of the delegation said that the Eastern PC CM is being included in the delegation as part of the Tourism Ministry’s continuous policy of tourism promotion as the subject is on the concurrent list of the Provincial Councils.
“We have a continuous policy of working with the Chief Ministers of the provinces and the Southern province and Central province ministers had accompanied us for trade fairs earlier,” he said. He added that since the Government is giving specific focus to the East now and Arugam Bay has been a surfing destination for the Japanese, the East would be spotlighted at this trade fair, which is one of the largest trade fairs in Asia.
The delegation will also include the Chief Minister’s private secretary Kumaraswamy Nandakoban and TMVP spokesman M.M.M.Anzeer.
The trade fair will begin on September 19.