Programme

Saturday 16 October 

Departure day

 

Sunday 17 October 

1210 arrive (Male, Maldives)

1315 Call on Hon. Abdulla Shahid, Speaker of the People’s Majlis 

1330-1430 Working lunch with Members of the People's Majlis

1445 Call on HE Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Republic of Maldives

1545 Call on Hon. Ahmed Faiz, Chief Justice at the Supreme Court

1600-1800 Delegation divided in to two groups for meetings with Members from Majority party, Minority party, People’s Alliance and Media.

2025 Departure from Male PM to Colombo

2220 Arrival in Colombo

 

Monday 18 October

0730 In-country briefing by British High Commissioner and Deputy British High Commissioner

0900-1100 Delegation divided in to two groups for meetings at Ministries of Health, Finance & Planning, Environment and Education
Delegation remained divided for meetings with Civil Society Organisations and Media Organisations respectively

1200-1300 Working lunch with Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) inc; UNICEF, UNHCR, Oxfam, FAO, Care, Norwegian Refugee Council and UNOCHA

1330-1430 Groups reunite to visit to and tour of Millennium IT Campus

1445- 1600 Call on Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1615-1700 Call on HE Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

 

Tuesday 19 October

0800 Depart hotel

0900-1030 Visit and tour of Brandix Clothing Factory

1130 Call on Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa MP, Speaker of Parliament of Sri Lanka

1200-1300 Working lunch with Mr Speaker and Members of Sri Lankan Parliament

1330
Attend Parliament in session

1430 Call on Hon. Karu Jayasuriya MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition

1500 Delegation divided in to two groups for meetings with new/young Members and ITAK, who represent politically the Sri Lankan Tamil ethnic minority

1600 Delegation reunited to call on Hon.D.M.Jayaratne MP, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

1630 Visit to pay respects and lay wreath at the Commonwealth War Memorial at Borella

2000 Working Dinner at Westminster House with BHC and representatives from Sri Lankan business community



 

Wednesday 20 October

0600 Depart hotel

0700 Flight to Ratmalana and overland travel to Jaffna

0815 Breakfast briefing at Security Forces HQ (Jaffna)

0900-1030 Briefing by representative from HALO trust on demining in the area

1030-1300 Visit to Rehabilitation Villages

1300-1600 Working lunch with community representatives

1600-1700 Discussions with regional United Nations (UN) representatives

1700-1800 Flight on to Trincomalee



 

Thursday 21 October

1000-1100 Meeting with Governor of Eastern Province

1100-1130 Discussions with Provincial Council Members

1130-1215 Discussions with community representatives

1300-1600
Visit to Menik Farm with UN representatives

1830 Arrival in Colombo


 

Friday 22 October 

0730-0830 Breakfast briefing with CSO’s on visit findings/outcomes

0900-1000 Visit and briefing at British Council

1030-1100 Wash-up meeting with BHC, DHC and HC staff

1130-1230 Call on Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris MP, Minister of External Affairs

1230-1400 Working lunch hosted by Hon. Prof. G.L.Peiris

1430-1530 Visit to Temple of Kelaniya

1630-1730 Meeting with members of Sri Lankan Muslim Congress 

2300 Depart hotel

2330 Arrive at airport

 

Saturday 23 October

0200 Depart Colombo

0900 Arrive at London Heathrow