Representatives of various sectors supplying goods to local as well as foreign markets in sectors such as the plantations, agriculture, garments, gem and jewellery, spices, beauty culture, pharmaceuticals, dairy farming, handicraft and leather ware, attended the discussion. The discussion focused on measures to increase the marketing of their products within the local and foreign markets while strengthening the local producer.
The President, as a policy, seeks the opinions and suggestions from various sectors before formulating the budget and holds discussions with leaders and representatives of those sectors in the country to obtain ideas and views for the preparation of the next year`s budget. Accordingly several rounds of discussions have already been held with a number of groups including the representatives of the stock market and trade unions.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera were also present at the discussion.