PM Wickremesinghe elaborates on the CEPA agreement

PM Wickremesinghe elaborates on the CEPA agreement

PM Wickremesinghe elaborates on the CEPA agreement

Written by Tharushan Fernando

20 Feb, 2016 | 9:21 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe undertook an inspection tour of Hambantota on Saturday.

The premier also visited the Mattala Airport and inspected its operations following which he visited the Magampura port. The Prime Minister inspected the current operations of the port and then visited the Hambantota International Convention Centre.

A discussion took place with the officers from the Hambantota District on the proposed tourism city in Hambantota.

Minister of Housing and Construction, Sajith Premadasa charged that foreign investments,foreign resources and foreign funds were used for the failed projects. But now there are plans to activate these projects and solve the unemployment issues and economical issues of the people in the area.

He added that there are hopes of constructing a better hospital system and solve the housing issues through the ‘Uda-Gammana’ programme and the objective of the Prime Minister is to transform all the inactive projects in active projects.

The prime minister, inspecting the Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium noted that job opportunities will be created centering the proposed IT village in Hambantota.

The Prime Minister noted that there was an attempt to sign CEPA with India previously, but that was a programme where not only goods were to be exchanged but also professionals were to be exchanged. However, during the election it was noted that there is no need to send professionals.

“Let us manage it and if there are shortcomings we can look into the reasons to provide a visa” said the premier. The premier further noted that there is a need to limit goods and India has agreed to that, while the discussions with India focus on the removal of administrative obstacles that are not incorporated by tax.


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