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Former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe reveals details of arrangement

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The previous government had talks with India and Japan with regard to developing the Eastern Terminal and to set up a company to manage the Eastern Terminal in which Sri Lanka Ports Authority was going to own a 51 percent stake, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said during the weekend.

Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed details of this arrangement at a meeting with a group of youth in Colombo on Sunday.

“India wanted the Eastern Terminal of the Colombo Port. Our government informed India that Sri Lanka cannot do it.then there was a proposal to set up a company to administer the Eastern Port. Sri Lanka Ports Authority was going to own a 51 percent stake on it while other parties were going to divide the remaining stake among themselves. Phase two of the Eastern

Terminal development had not yet begun at that time. Then Japan offered a loan for $ 650 million at 0.1 percent interest rate. Sri Lanka was to settle it in 40 years. A 12-year grace period was agreed upon.we laid a condition that India should treat the Kerala and Colombo Port equally without giving preference to the former. This is because the port in Kerala has the ability to cater to all of India as it was possible to unload goods from Kerala and send them to other parts of India by trains. (YOHAN PERERA)

  Comments - 4

  • Do Do Doo Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:34 AM

    Hay Ranil you just get to a side, no one is going to listen to you in our country.

    Dudley Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:38 AM

    One thing is true, if you and Sirisena would have ruled Sri Lanka, half of our population would have died due to Corona.

    Nattame Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:46 AM

    So now, we have no $, we have no plans, we are double tongued, we have strikes and the final decision........let us wait and see!!!!

    Liberal One Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:18 AM

    Japan gives us a loan, we pay it back in 40 years but Japan get an ownership of the port too. That sounds so ridiculous and corrupt.

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