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Cabinet Decisions

Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on May 5, 2018

1. Grant and implementation Agreement between the Millennium Challenge Corporation of USA and the Government of Sri Lanka.

Proponent: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Description: Cabinet of Ministers has granted its approval to proceed with an agreement with Millennium Challenge corporation to obtain a grant of US$ 7.4 million for the development of the country. The same corporation has agreed to provide US$ 2.6 in addition to the above grant. Accordingly, the proposal submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to enter in to an agreement amended obtain a total subsidy of US$ 10 million was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

2. Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism corporation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Proponent: John Amarathunga, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian religious Affairs

Description: The proposal John Amaratunga Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs to proceed a Memorandum of Understand between two countries was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

3. Project for Enhancing Health Systems.

Proponent: (Dr) Rajitha Senarathna. Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

Description: It has been planned to enhance the health systems in North Central, Central, Sabaragamuwa, and Uwa provinces under the above project which is being implemented upon the Funds of Sri Lanka government and subsidies of Asian Development Bank. The proposal of Rajitha Senarathna, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine to establish Provincial Project Management Units under the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, and recruiting the staff, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

4.Establishment of Joint Ventures with Investors by State Pharmaceutical Corporation of Sri Lanka in order to promote the Local Drug Production.

Proponent: Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine

Description: Cabinet approval has been given for the establishment of Joint Venture with investors who are capable to supply efficiently and continuously, high quality medicines to the hospitals. With the intention of providing legal permission to State Pharmaceutical corporation to enter into this Joint Venture, a proposal was submitted by Dr. Rajitha Senarathne. Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine to amend the others published in extraordinary gazette No. 456/21 dated 04.07.1087, under the State Industrial Corporation Act No. 49 of 1957 and Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal.

5. Construction of Three storied Rehabilitation Centre in Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Providing Equipments and implementation of Three year Training Programme.

Proponent: Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Helath, Nutiriton and Indigenous Medicine.

Description: It has been identified that the facilities of Jaffna Teaching Hospital and Trainings for the staff should be increased to provide a quality rehabilitation security service. Accordingly, a proposal has been submitted by Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine for the Construction of Three Storied Rehabilitation Centre, Providing Equipment and implementing a Three year Training Programme spending Rs. 605 million, and the proposal was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

6. Implementation of “Women Entrepreneurship Aid Programme.

Proponent: Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media.

Description. It has been proposed to implement a loan Scheme (Women Entrepreneurship Aid Programme) using the financial aids of Asian Development Bank, as the Second stage of the existing Loan scheme for the small and medium scale Entrepreneurship. This loan will be provided for the Female Entrepreneurs those who fulfill the requirements. 20% - 30% of this loan will be provided as a non-refundable subsidy. Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal to implement this loan scheme through 10 Financial Institutions all over the country giving priority to Uwa, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and Western Provinces.

7. Conducting the Regional Summit on “Life in Water’ (Blue Sustainable Development plan) in Colombo from 21 to 22 June 2018.

Proponent: Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.

Description: Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of former Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development considering the agreement of present Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, to hold the aforesaid summit in Colombo and to obtain the grant of Rs. 3.48 million from the Government of Norway to cover up the cost.

8. Amendments to Mutual corporation of Criminal Matters Act No. 25 of 2002.

Proponent: Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Description: Cabinet approval has been given for the amendment of Mutual Corporation of Criminal matters act No. 25 of 2002. the proposal of Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms to gazette the amendments bill and consequently submit for the approval of Parliament, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

9. Strengthening National Machinery Institute.

Proponent: Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Constructions.

Description: The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of Sajith Pramdasa, Minister of Housing and Constructions to obtain a loan upon Treasury Guarantee, to provide capital for widening the activities of National Machinery Institute.

10. Establishment of Single Window Investment Facilitation Taskforce in Sri Lanka.

Proponent: Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

Description: Investors those who are expecting to commence their investment in Sri Lanka has to obtain about 14 approvals Licenses with the intention of speeding up this process. The proposal submitted by Minister Malik Samarawickrama to establish a Single Window Investment Facilitation Taskforce was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

11. Supply of Flight Management System to Katunayake International Airport.

Description: Cabinet of Minister approved the Proposal of Nimal Siripala De Silva. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to award the contract for the establishment of Flight Management System in Katunayake International Airport to M/s Thales Air Systems S.A.S. in France in accordance with the recommendation of cabinet appointed standing procurement Committee.

12. Implementation of CSREIP.

Proponent: Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation

Description: Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva to implement the Colombo Suburb Railway Efficiency Improvement Project.

13. Purchasing Medicine for treating Diabetes sufferers.

Proponent: Dr. Rajitha Senarathna, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

Description: Cabinet of Ministers approved the project of Minister Rajitha Senarathna to award the contract for supplying 135,000 of biphasic isophane insulin injections to Novo Nordisk A/S of Denmark for US$ 2.55 million upon the recommendation of Cabinet appointed standing Procurement Committee.

14. Plan, construct and Fund the Superstructure work of Madampitiya, Kimbulaelawatta, Housing Scheme.

Proponent: Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development.

Description: Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to award the Contract of above project to M/S CML MTD Construction (Pvt) Ltd, for Rs. 2.247 million in accordance with the recommendation of cabinet approved standing procurement Committee.

15. Purchasing Multi beam Echo Sounder for mapping Sri Lanka Sea area.

Proponent: Mahinda Amaraweera, former Minister of Fisheries Aquatic Resources Development

Description: The proposal of Former Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Mahinda Amaraweera to purchase a Multi Beam Echo Sounder for Hydro graphic office established in National Aquatic Resources research and development Agency was approved by the cabinet of Ministers considering the agreement of present Minister of Fisheries, Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy, Wijith Wijayamuni Soyza.

16. Submission of Annual Report of the Central Bank 2017 of Sri Lanka to the Parliament.

Description: Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media submitted the Annual Report of the Central Bank 2017 of Sri Lanka to the Cabinet of Ministers and Cabinet of Ministers granted its approval to submit it to the Parliament.

17. Public Sector Efficiency Project (PSEP).

Proponent: Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media

Description: Cabinet approval is already given for obtaining a grant of 10 million Euro from European Union in order to strengthen the Public Sector Institutions. The proposal of Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media to enter in to the Grant Agreement and empower the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media to sign this agreement was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers

18. Construction of Kelaniya Old Railway Bridge.

Proponent: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs

Description: It has been estimated that approximately Euro 9 million will be needed for the construction of Kelaniya Old Railway Bridge. Uni Credit Bank of Austria has agreed to provide an Interest Free Loan for this amount. Cabinet of Ministers approved the Proposal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to conduct discussions and enter in to an agreement to obtain this Loan.

19. Releasing the Lands in Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Proponent: Mangala Samarweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media and D. M. Swaminathan, Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu religious Affairs.

Description: Sri Lanka Army has agreed to release more than 522 Acre of Lands in Northern and Eastern provinces. Accordingly, the combined proposal by Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Finance and Mass Media and D. M. Swaminathan, Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu religious Affairs to provide Rs. 866.71 million to SL Army for the resettlement of their Camps, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

20. Expert Committee on Impact of Glyphosate Use.

Proponent: President Maithripala Sirisena

Description: Cabinet of Ministers has appointed an Expert Committee to study the impacts of granting permission to use Glyphosate only in Plantation Sector, in limited conditions. In accordance with the recommendation of this committee, the proposal of the President to grant permission to use Glyphosate only for Tea and Rubber plantations, subject to establishing a proper monitoring system to avoid over use, misuse and leakage to water sources was approved by the Cabinet Ministers.


 

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