Rajapaksa leaves on Tuesday for Commonwealth summit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave on Tuesday for Australia leading Sri Lanka's delegation to the three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia beginning October 28.
Among those accompanying him will be External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga.

The summit – with this year’s theme being 'Building National Resilience, Building Global Resilience' -- will examine issues faced by all of the Commonwealth’s member countries, especially the most economically vulnerable states.

The heads of Government are also expected to consider matters relating to good governance, human rights, climate change, wealth creation, food security and natural resource management in the face of deepening global financial concerns and the debate on aid effectiveness.

At Friday’s summit, a report offering 106 recommendations on sharpening the impact, strengthening the networks and raising the profile of the Commonwealth submitted by an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) comprising ten distinguished independent Commonwealth personalities will also be taken up for consideration.

The aim is to reform and renew the Commonwealth as an association fit for the purpose in the twenty-first century. “This will be a CHOGM focused on resilience, reform and renewal,” according to Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

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