Written by Tharushan Fernando
09 Apr, 2016 | 7:41 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on an official visit to China, placed floral tributes at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was escorted to the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square by a special motorcade on Friday evening. Following the Prime Minister’s arrival, the National Anthem of Sri Lanka was played by the Brass Band of the People’s Liberation Army.
Following a guard of honour , Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe placed a wreath at the Tiananmen Square Memorial.
The Monument to the People’s Heroes is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as a national monument of the People’s Republic of China to the martyrs of revolutionary struggle during the 19th and 20th centuries. The monument has an estimated height of 37.94 metres and covers an area of 3,000 square metres.
Prior to concluding his official visit to China, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responded to questions posed by journalists at a media briefing in China. The main focus was on the Port City Project in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister,Ranil Wickremesinghe explained that the ‘Port City’ is part of the bigger Megapolis plan which will turn the Western Province in to a Megapolis of eight million people, making it the biggest city in the Indian Ocean. The Prime Minister stated that there will be more opportunities for infrastructure development by Chinese and other companies.
The premier explained that Hambantota will come more in line with Chen Cheng, and it will be integrated to the harbour areas and the industrial areas, the air port and the industrial zones and the tourist zones.
He added that the Port City Project is an investment project and the investment status given to Port City has been guaranteed.
“We are not changing it, though we are changing our investment policies, what has been given to the Port City has not been changed and the Port City is an investment project”, he said and explained that because of the present global economy and revenue collection being low, export earning must be diversified
He added that talks have been conducted with some companies and also the government of China, in regard to the possibilities of structure projects becoming public private partnerships which leads to part of the debt becoming equity held by the Chinese companies. And in keeping with policy, many of the infrastructure projects will be on a PPP basis or a BOT basis.
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