High Commissioner Shelley Whiting
Welcome to High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka, where we are responsible for Canada’s relations with Sri Lanka and the Maldives. I am honoured to represent Canada in these countries and I look forward to contributing to our shared interests in areas such as political and economic relations, development and immigration.
Sri Lanka and the Maldives have made significant strides in recent decades in the advancement of democracy, the rule of law, good governance and human rights, though areas of concern remain. Canada supports this progress and hopes to see cooperation in important organizations such as the Commonwealth, where we share membership, in order to advance respect for human rights and democracy in all member states. Canada strongly believes that there is no greater driver of economic growth and human well-being than having a stable, well-governance country that takes the wishes and needs of its citizens into account.
Boosting trade relations is a Government of Canada priority, and I see real potential in Sri Lanka for enhanced trade and investment ties with Canada. There is potential for growth in two-way trade in agricultural goods, information technology and infrastructure development. And Canada’s expertise in areas such as clean technology can contribute greatly to the economic development of Sri Lanka and Maldives, especially in areas such as tourism.
The High Commission is dedicated to facilitating people-to-people contacts between Canada and Sri Lanka and the Maldives to ensure healthy exchange of people and reunification of families. And Canada is equally dedicated to working with our international partners to combat illegal migration and to disrupt the work of fraudulent agents who take advantage of vulnerable populations.
For Canadians living in or visiting Sri Lanka or the Maldives, I strongly encourage you to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) program. In case of emergency, ROCA registrants receive consular alerts and information. ROCA can be found on the Government of Canada’s travel website (www.travel.gc.ca) along with country travel advice and advisories.
Through this website, I hope you will find useful information on Canada and the services and activities of our High Commission. Please visit us often!
Her Excellency Shelley Whiting
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