CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd., the Project Company for the Colombo Port City (CPC), today announced the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development, the Urban Development Authority and the Project Company. This agreement formally replaces the previous agreement signed on 16th September 2014 between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Project Company.
The new tripartite agreement has been signed following the announcement in March this year by the GoSL to lift the temporary suspension of work on CPC, until the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development completed the Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA). The SEIA was completed earlier this year, pursuant to a Development Permit issued by the Coast Conservation Department to recommence the project.
The temporary suspension of the project lasted over a year, during which the Project Company fully co-operated with the GoSL to address the various concerns raised following the formation of a new government after the Presidential Elections in January 2015. The SEIA and the new tripartite agreement have addressed all such concerns. Furthermore, the Cabinet of Ministers approved this tripartite agreement and authorised the signing of the same at the Cabinet meeting held on 9th August 2016.
With this new agreement in place, the Project Company and the GoSL share a common vision of making CPC; currently the single largest private-sector development project in Sri Lanka, a success. The project is envisioned to boost the economy alongside the country’s existing development plans with state-of-the-art living, working, public and recreational spaces in the new city, thus making it a viable investment destination in South Asia.
Together the Project Company and the GoSL envisage creating approximately 83,000 new employment opportunities within different sectors, attracting over US$ 13 billion in Foreign Direct Investments from investors and developers from countries including India, Singapore, Malaysia and China while also increasing the number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka within the next 20 – 30 years.
The GoSL has announced its intention to develop an international financial and business district in Sri Lanka within the Port City premises and therefore will rename the project “Colombo International Financial City”. The Project Company is fully supportive of this initiative and will continue to provide its corporation to the GoSL in all operations carried forward henceforth.