The East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port will be operated 100% by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.
According to reports reaching from the Prime Minister’s office, the Premier expressed this during a discussion held with the port workers at Temple Trees this morning.
“The ECT will neither be sold to any country nor handed over to any country for administration,” it said.
Accordingly, it said the port workers decided to call off their work to rule campaign tomorrow.
The trade union representatives who participated at this discussion have expressed their consent on this.
The Premier stressed that the Government had no intention or plans to sell or lease out any section of the ECT to foreign countries, and that its operations will be solely conducted by the SLPA.
"Moreover, the report submitted by Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena on this matter articulates that the foreign countries did not agreed to the terms and conditions imposed by the Sri Lankan Government," the Premier highlighted.
“I will make sure that the decisions taken during the discussion will not be confined to words but carried out accordingly,” he said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Lasith Monday, 01 February 2021 02:25 PM
Does that mean it not leased either?
Michael Ranasinghe Monday, 01 February 2021 02:44 PM
PM has emerged stronger now than a big talk no action President
Neville Jayakody Monday, 01 February 2021 02:57 PM
Operated by Sri Lankans and Owned by Sri Lankan government (not private companies) is two different things!
Sri Wickrema Monday, 01 February 2021 02:57 PM
Then what is this hullabaloo? Have they gone crazy since of late?
RoaringCreek Monday, 01 February 2021 03:02 PM
So what has Nandasena got to say. As per reports when the Port Trade union meet him he stressed the 51% 41% requirement to keep our neighbours happy. What about the next shipment of vaccine?
Gunda Monday, 01 February 2021 04:51 PM
There must be a gundu somewhere!!
Nimal Monday, 01 February 2021 04:59 PM
He is trying to fool who? Does he think all are fools like you who who.
Martin Milton Monday, 01 February 2021 05:18 PM
This is an excellent decision IF TRUE. HE needs to completely re think of who his advisors are and purge those who have been feeding him false information on the Nation's economy forthwith. It MIGHT prove a little beneficial to his reputation if he does this quickly. MM
STATUS QUO Monday, 01 February 2021 05:33 PM
A plain and simple answer would have been = "There is no plans or will there be any in the future to change the status quo. "- if not there is an hidden agenda
READER Monday, 01 February 2021 06:20 PM
No statement from Prez who everywhere said 49:51 with Indians. PM was quiet at that time. One firm decision necessary.
HOW GOOD WILL BE YOUR WORD Monday, 01 February 2021 07:16 PM
NOW THAT INDIA WANTS TO "JOINTLY DEVELOP" - we will see how you cave in !
Sambo Monday, 01 February 2021 08:21 PM
Why is the premier hesitating from giving it in writing.
Buddhist Monday, 01 February 2021 08:30 PM
Govt is a reverse gear expert - reversed gazettes, reversed international agreements, exchange reversal, reversed election promises etc...
Reddy Monday, 01 February 2021 09:03 PM
Serves India right for giving the vaccine free. They must have been fooled by the Sri Lankan smile.
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