The International Fund for Ireland has today (Monday, October 23, 2006) in Dublin hosted a senior Sri Lankan delegation visiting Ireland to learn more about the country’s experiences in building peace.
The delegation, which includes members of the country’s Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, heard about the Fund’s work in bringing together the nationalist and unionist communities in the North and in the border counties using economic means.
The delegation will travel to Derry on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, to visit communities and businesses that have benefited from the work of the International Fund for Ireland.
Speaking about the delegation’s visit, International Fund for Ireland Chairman, Denis Rooney, said, “We are delighted to host this prestigious delegation from Sri Lanka. Since its establishment, the International Fund has promoted economic advancement as an important means of encouraging reconciliation between nationalists and unionists through Ireland. Although much work remains to be done in this area, remarkable progress has been made towards achieving lasting peace and prosperity in both parts of Ireland. Hopefully, Sri Lanka will be able to benefit from making economic development and business co-operation a key element in building peace.”
The Sri Lankan delegation’s visit to Ireland has been organised by Chambers Ireland.
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