President appoints five-member Committee

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 4 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a five-member Committee to examine and report on the concerns regarding the development of the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port.

The Committee is headed by Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, M.M.P.K. Mayadunne.

Secretary to the Ministry of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion, M.P.D.U.K. Mapa Pathirana, Secretary to the Ministry of Roads and Highways, R.W.R. Pemasiri, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, Wasantha Perera and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General (Retired) R.M. Daya Rathnayake are the other members of the Committee.

The Committee is requested to consult the relevant line Ministries, stakeholders and submit their report within 45 days from 3 July, the President’s Media Division said in a Media release.

The Committee is required to look into the following the procurement procedure and related concerns with regard to the development of JCT (V); assessment of compliance to the Cabinet decision and the observation of the Minister of Finance connected with the Cabinet decision dated 26 July 2017 on enhancing the deep berth capacity and the modernisation of JCT; examine as to why the JCT (V) was not developed prior to the ordering of the required machinery; examine the cost implication of the unsolicited procurement actions and shipment of them prior to the building of the Terminal; agreements entered by the Government with other Governments with regard to the Colombo Port and in particular the ECT; financial implications and cost – benefit analysis of ad-hoc decisions taken by the SLPA, the line Ministry and the Government with regard to the above matters; identify those who are responsible for the above matters and recommend actions against them; and recommend the way forward to develop the above mentioned two Terminals to get the maximum benefits for Sri Lanka for development in trade, shipping and both in domestic and foreign investments.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 4 2020

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