Accelerated Urban Development programme for Matara
The Cabinet decided to implement number of development programmes in
Matara, inclusive of the construction of a convention hall, on a
proposal by the President as defence and urban development minister.
The Matara Municipal Council area has been declared as an Urban
Development Area under the Urban Development Authority. The development
of Nilwala Riverside Park and the development of Urban Forest will also
be carried out at Rs 108 million. Around
22.75 acres of private land identified for the project will be
Task Force Secretariat for CHOGM 2013 Summit
The Commonwealth Heads of Government 2013 Summit will be held in Sri
Lanka in 2013. This will be the largest international event at the level
of Heads of State to be held in Sri Lanka since 1976 when Sri Lanka
hosted the fifth Summit of the Non Aligned Movement.
The meeting will be attended by 54 member countries.
Cabinet approval was granted to set up a Task Force Secretariat at
the BMICH to proceed with work pertaining to CHOGM 2013 with an
allocation of Rs 217.44 million as capital and recurrent expenditure on
a proposal by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris.
Officers are to be seconded from identified ministries and department
such as External Affairs, Defence and Urban Development, Mass Media and
Information, Economic Development for two years, to work full time for
the preparatory work
MoU with Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service on Cooperative
Bio Security Initiatives
A proposal by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeyawardena to sign
a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Sri Lanka on
co-operation for bio security initiatives was approved by Cabinet.
Measures devised by International Plant Protection Convention and
Montreal Protocol help prevent the spread and introduction of pests of
plant and plant products when exchange of commodities take place among
Fumigating with methyl bromide is a method of treatment used to
prevent such occurrences.
The MoU will facilitate the training of Agriculture Ministry
quarantine officers and treatment providers of the private sector by
providing skills on methyl bromide fumigation.
Special Competitive Examination for Grade III Vacancies of
Accountants' Service in Northern and Eastern Provinces
The Cabinet will conduct a special competitive examination to recruit
officers for 63 vacancies of Grade III posts in the Sri Lanka
Accountants' Service in the Northern and Eastern Provinces on a proposal
made by the President as the finance and planning minister,
As per the provisions of the service minute, it is mandatory to
select a batch of officers with language proficiency to meet
expectations of the public living in these areas.
Those selected for appointment will serve a minimum compulsory period
of l0 years in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
US$ 213 m assistance from IBRD of World Bank for Metro Colombo Urban
The proposal by the President as the finance and planning minister to
conduct negotiations with International Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (IBRB) of the World Bank to obtain financial assistance in
US $ 213 million for the implementation of the Metro Colombo Urban
Development Project was approved by the Cabinet.
The project's objective is to reduce adverse physical and socio -
economic impact of flooding in the Colombo Metropolitan Area and to
improve the overall capacity of land use and economic activities in the
Colombo Metropolitan Area.
It is expected to commence project activities by the Defence and
Urban Development Ministry in April 2012 and to be completed within