President Ranil Wickremesinghe said this when he joined the 23rd Colombo National Book Fair at the BMICH premises in Colombo this morning (22).
The President also said that he hopes to obtain the support of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association for this initiative.
Upon his arrival at the BMICH, the President was received by officials including the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association, Mr. Samantha Indivara.
Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Chairman - Mr. Saman Athaudahetti as well as members of the Book Publishers Association - Mr. Vijitha Yapa, Mr. H.D. Premasiri, Mr. Ariyadasa Weeraman and Mr. Atula Jayakody were also present on this occasion.
This year's book fair includes over 400 booths of local and foreign book publishers and the president visited the booths and observed them, while engaging in conversation with the book publishers, writers and the public.