No importation of cars is being contemplated by Govt-EAM

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While rejecting some media reports about the importation of Rolls Royce and BMW cars for the forthcoming CHOGM in Colombo, the Ministry of External Affairs said that ‘no importation of cars is being contemplated by the Sri Lankan Government for this Conference.’

Issuing a statement the ministry said, “these media reports are baseless and fictitious, as no importation of cars is being contemplated by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) for this Conference. All expenditure in relation to CHOGM 2013 will be met from existing budgetary provisions, and additional funds for this purpose will not be resorted to.”

The full statement

The Ministry of External Affairs has noted media reports and statements by interested parties, that Rolls Royce and BMW cars will be imported at a heavy cost to be used for the forthcoming CHOGM in November 2013.

These media reports are baseless and fictitious, as no importation of cars is being contemplated by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) for this Conference. All expenditure in relation to CHOGM 2013 will be met from existing budgetary provisions, and additional funds for this purpose will not be resorted to.

CHOGM 2013 will be an opportunity to showcase the developments in Sri Lanka following a three decade separatist terrorist conflict and the vast economic opportunities available in the country. The Commonwealth Business Forum, which attracts extensive participation both from within and outside the Commonwealth, will serve as a springboard for Sri Lanka to promote trade and investment and further enhance economic cooperation. Resources allocated to the relevant government agencies for promotional activities will be fully utilized within the country towards this end. Preparation of investment projects and sectors for cooperation is already under way, and the response is encouraging for participation at the Commonwealth Business Forum later this year.

The objective of the government with regard to the outcome of CHOGM 2013 is to derive the maximum benefit for the people of the country by making full use of a unique opportunity. In this context, it is regrettable to observe a negative attitude from some quarters, considering that this event is of a national character and worthy of support across party lines."

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  Comments - 6

  • Concerned Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:45 AM

    How can the Minister give a reply forthwith without first examining his stock of Rolls Royces and BMW's that are already available.

    zara Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:00 AM

    please take necessary action to media. via DM Android App

    Simple mindple Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:52 AM

    Does anyone really believe EAM going by past statements from them

    nalaka Thursday, 23 May 2013 04:25 AM

    ganna ape de give let them go in the locally developed brand starting with an M

    Fassey Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:17 AM

    This news appeared on the 16th of May, strange it took 7 days for the minister to reject the report!!!!

    Ceylonese Thursday, 23 May 2013 02:09 AM

    The Rolls Royce and BMW's are too expensive while the three wheeler would be the cheaper option.


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