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Will go ahead with Port City project: Ranil

20 January 2016 03:41 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government has decided to go ahead with several Chinese funded infrastructural projects, including the Port City Project, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told foreign journalists in Davos today.

“We are going ahead with Chinese funded projects, including the Port City and the next phase of the Hambantota Port. China is an economic power in Asia and is ready to work on some development projects in Sri Lanka,” he said.

He said Sri Lanka would like China to invest in other sectors, including real estate, and also play a role in developing Sri Lanka as a logistics hub.

He said discussions were being held with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding contingency plans to face any adverse international situation. “No one knows what the international situation would be in 2016; and it is clear that Sri Lanka should gear up to face any situation. We are looking into the kind of arrangements we can make with the IMF,” he said; adding that he would meet the Managing Director of the IMF while in Davos.

Responding to a question by the foreign journalists on the reconciliation process, he said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was working out a plan concerning accountability. He said some lands occupied by the military had been handed back to the owners and more land would be handed back in the future. He said there were no political prisoners in Sri Lanka and those in prison had been tried and convicted.

  Comments - 9

  • simon Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:39 PM

    Just how many times you have said the same for the last six months /

    UNP gamarala Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:45 PM

    Which part of the anatomy is this guy talking through? Pre election one and post election another

    Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda Thursday, 21 January 2016 06:45 AM

    Can such an assurace be given when a funamental rights casse is being heard in the supreme courts. Would a legal expert enlighten me on this matter.

    Dhanapala Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:16 AM

    Above PM says that China is economic power in Asia and is ready to work on some development projects in Sri Lanka. Good but are we getting them to invest on projects blindly without considering financial viability and national planning priority aspects to carry a huge debt burden just because they are a power? Past performance not satisfactory.

    Wele Vidane Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:31 AM

    He went so far away from voters to announce this.

    Sampath Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:34 AM

    Ranil Wickramasinghe, The world recognized leader.

    Gamarala Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:39 PM

    Mahinda Rajapaksha is for any reason well known to whole world,

    Great Thursday, 21 January 2016 09:31 PM

    Sampath, u r absolutely right.As most Sri Lankan do not see who RW and his capabilities, pleasant looking gentlement, no thouggery looking like other leader.We Sri Lankan Sud be proud to have him in global affairs which eventually benefitted to the countryGod bless him

    de silva Friday, 22 January 2016 05:51 AM

    So which part belongs to China.How many acres

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