I am honored to write this Message as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association (SLCFA), the Pioneer organization inaugurated to promote People to People diplomacy in 1950. Since then, the Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association has contributed immensely in diplomatic, political, cultural, educational and many more fields of social activity.
The SLCFA is proud to recall that it’s contributions to the beginning of bilateral trade relations in 1952 in form of Rubber – Rice Pact and the establishing of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and China in 1957 are parallel only to the contributions made by progressive and left-wing leaders and political parties of Sri Lanka headed by the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike.
The Sri Lanka – China Friendship Association stands out as the Beacon Light of Friendship with China for historical, political and social reasons. During last 67 years and more the SLCFA has worked with all Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governments, leading Political Parties and social forces in Sri Lanka as the historical National Organization under all conditions since the Independence of Sri Lanka and the Liberation of China.
I have served continuously as a Member of the National Executive Committee of the SLCFA for 37 years. I am confidant that my experience in political, social, media and People to People diplomatic fields would definitely be useful to the Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association, in order to stand up as a strong and active national organization .
Sri Lanka – China Friendship Association