CLIMATE change does not only affect the environment, it also affects the economic growth of countries.
The new High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to PNG, Mr Sosasundaram Skandakumar said this when speaking about the impact of climate change on Sri Lanka and the need to address it collectively.
“The economic growth has faced challenges posed by a drought and floods in the last two years. More frequent recurrence of natural disasters are showing us that the world need to collectively focus on climate change issues facing us all,” Mr Skandakumar said yesterday after presenting his letter of credence to Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae.
Climate change is not a new topic in the Pacific and PNG, it had been making the headlines across the Pacific as it spreads like a wildfire affecting the people and disrupting their lifestyles.
“The Pacific region is not a stranger to unpredictable weather patterns and I take this opportunity, Your Excellency, to extend our sincere condolence on the loss of life in the earthquake that hit the highlands of PNG in February this year.”
Mr Skandakumar also stressed the important role that PNG plays in the Pacific region.
Apart from climate change, Mr Skandakumar, who is accredited to PNG from Canberra, Australia, had other plans to strengthen and build the relationship between the two countries.
Mr Skandakumar said PNG and Sri Lanka are both rich in resources.
However, he said Sri Lanka was not only rich in natural resource but also in human resource.
“In the environment of new economic opportunities opening up in both Sri Lanka and PNG, I intend to work towards broadening the scope of our bilateral ties for mutual benefit,” Mr Skandakumar said.
“I believe there are opportunities for Sri Lankan investors and professionals to explore opportunities in PNG including in the coconut-related industries, garments, banking and finance, education and hospitality.”