Trade Unions oppose govt’s plan to obtain expertise of foreign companies

Trade Unions oppose govt’s plan to obtain expertise of foreign companies

Trade Unions oppose govt’s plan to obtain expertise of foreign companies

Written by Tharushan Fernando

08 Oct, 2016 | 9:22 pm

Trade unions have expressed their opposition to the government’s plans to obtain the assistance and expertise of foreign companies at a substantial cost

The services of several international consultancy firms have been sought for numerous projects planned in Sri Lanka.

One of these firms is Baker and Mackenzie a global law firm which specialises in financial and commercial tax law, from whom the government has sought consultancy on amending laws and drafting new laws, for the proposed financial city project.

Another project for which Sri Lanka has sought consultancy services is a Central Program Management Unit that will underpin ambitious plans to drive economic restructuring and development. The government has hired the reputed global management consultancy firm McKinsey and Company for this purpose at a cost of 2.3 million US dollars.

The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade signed an 18 month agreement with the American firm Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg on June 29.

The Sri Lankan government will be paying Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg a sum of 630,000 US dollars for one and a half years, for these services.

Menawhile, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has also come forward to seek advise from an urban housing planning firm affiliated to the government of Singapore.

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