CABINET DECISIONS

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Fundamental agreement with the Global Fund for the period of 2022 – 2024:

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to sign the fundamental agreement with the Global Fund for the period of 2022 – 2024 upon being granted USD 9.4 million.  

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been established with the objective of suppressing / combating the three contagious diseases namely AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria which have become global health crises. The fund has entered into 24 agreements for funding USD 114 million to Sri Lanka since 2003. The Ministry of Health has entered into 15 agreements among them, while the other agreements have been signed with the Sri Lanka National Sarvodaya Movement, Tropical and Environmental Diseases and Health Associates (Private) Limited and Sri Lanka Family Planning Association.

The Ministry of Health has entered into agreements worth USD 88.3 million in grants while action had been taken to utilise USD 71 million by 31 October 2021 out of these. Accordingly, the Global Fund has agreed to grant another USD 9.4 million for the period 2022 – 2024.

Payments to the suppliers who submitted bids for supplying laboratory equipment, consumer commodities and reactive

The Cabinet Paper submitted by the Minister of Health for making payments to the suppliers who have opened Letters of Credit (LCs) for importing clinical equipment, consumer commodities as well as reactive and to make payments to the other suppliers relevant to those opened bids, including those procurers after calling quotations from the State Pharmaceutical Corporation based on the prices existing to the date of payments applicable to LCs.

Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has been granted at their meeting held on 25 April 2022 for making payments for the medicine and clinical equipment to which LCs, as per the emergency fluctuation in the exchange rates occurred, due to the prevailing economic crisis within the country. Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for making payments to the suppliers who submitted bids for supplying laboratory equipment, consumer commodities and reactive.

Amendment to the Termination of Employment of Workmen (Special Provisions) Act No. 45 of 1971 and the Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950:

The Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to amend the Termination of Employment of Workmen (Special Provisions) Act No. 45 of 1971 and the Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950.

The Cabinet Paper was prepared by the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Promotion.

Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers had been granted, on 8 March 2021, to amend the Termination of Employment of Workmen (Special Provisions) Act No. 45 of 1971 and the Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950 to enable imposing provisions as applicable so that a security can be deposited when filing an application of appeal, amendment and writ applications against grants and decisions given under them. Accordingly, clearance from the Attorney General has been granted for the draft Bills prepared by the Legal Draftsman.

Submission of the regulations issued under the Imports and Exports (Control) Act No. 1 of 1969 to Parliament for approval

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the submission of the regulations issued under the Imports and Exports (Control) Act No. 1 of 1969, to Parliament for approval.

Therefore, the Cabinet Paper prepared by the Prime Minister as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stability and National Policies was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in order to submit the Import Control Regulations, for the payment methods No. 07 of 2022, to Parliament to be approved.

It has been proposed to limit certain payment methods selected by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka with the objective of preventing the widening of illegal foreign exchange market activities and preventing invoices for lower values in regard to the imports. Accordingly, the Gazette Notification of 6 May 2022 has been issued imposing ‘Import Control Regulations for payment methods No. 07 of 2022’ under Imports and Exports (Control) Act No. 1 of 1969, to enable limitation of documentation payment methods on open accounts payment methods, the basis of payment of money after goods are sold, payment methods of documents on payments and payment methods on recognition. Such a regulation, once published should be submitted to Parliament for its approval subject to the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers within a month from the date the same was issued as per Imports and Exports (Control) Act.

Calculation of GDP

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Finance to publish those reports and to issue National Accounts Estimates under the new base year 2015 from the first quarter of 2022 onwards.

The Department of Census and Statistics updates the base year of National Accounts Estimation every five years taking in to account the facts such as, accurate identification of the real structure of the economy, more accurate estimation of the values of economic growth rate, adaptation to the new recommendations and procedures put forward by the relevant international bodies on national accounts. Accordingly, it has been decided to use the year 2015 as the new base year instead of the year 2010 which is currently based on the preparation of national accounts. The Department of Census and Statistics has prepared quarterly and annual National Accounts Estimates for the period 2015 to 2021 using the base year 2015.

Engaging the dry stock vessels of Ceylon Shipping Corporation Limited within the South Western monsoonal period of the year 2022:

Applications have been called for engaging /operating the two vessels MV Ceylon Breeze and MV Ceylon Princess, belonging to Ceylon Shipping Corporation, in services within the international rental market during the South Western monsoonal period of 2022. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal furnished by the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation subject to the recommendation of the Standing Procurement Committee appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers, to award the contract for operating the vessels during the said period under the commercial management methodology to M/s Wallem Shipping Pte Ltd. of Singapore.