Sri Lanka will be the host country of 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which has been scheduled to take place from 15 to 17 November in Colombo.
“Holding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka will be a great boon to the image of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the international community and it will also be helpful for the participants to experience the current reality in the country”, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs W.D.J. Seneviratne said.
The Minister also added that holding CHOGM in Sri Lanka will be a welcome move to strengthen the bonds between member countries despite of the activities taken against the goodwill of the country. Through hosting CHOGM a great opportunity to discuss matters will become possible, he noted.
He has confirmed that 53 members out of 54 members in CHOGM have confirmed their participation in the CHOGM summit which is to be held in Sri Lanka for the first time.
Minister Seneviratne also stated that any negative instances caused during the summit will be overcome by Sri Lanka successfully.
Every two years Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and agree collective policies and initiatives. CHOGMs act as the principal policy and decision-making forum to guide the strategic direction of the association. They are organised by the host nation in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat.