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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2013- 09-12

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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2013- 09-12

CABINET

01.    Establishment of International Irrigation and Water Management Training Institute of Kotmale, Sri Lanka - the proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to recruit trainees to the  above Institute which was established in 2012, to be trained as Engineering Assistants and Technical Assistants to meet the existing shortage of Engineering Staff to the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka and the Department of Irrigation and other Government Institutions, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

02.    Purchasing of a Land for Development activities of the University of Jaffna - the present student population at the University of Jaffna is around 5700.  The Faculties of Science, Arts (including the Division of Law), Management Studies & Commerce, and Medicine (including the Division of Allied Health Science) of the University and the Institutes of Siddha Medicine and Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts are established in Jaffna. It has been identified as a crucial development project to uplift the standard of the University of Jaffna and also to accommodate the increasing student population. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, to purchase an identified block of land with the view to expand the activities of the University. was approved by the Cabinet.  

 

03.    A). Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Co- operation (BIMSTEC) Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking - the salient features of this Convention are -

 

•    co-operation in sharing experiences in areas of mutual concern while enhancing co-operation between law enforcement Agencies of the Member Countries;

 

•    sharing and exchanging of information on financing of terrorism, transnational organized crime and illicit drug trafficking; and

 

•    co-ordinating ways and means to facilitate mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, arrest. Extradition and prosecution of individuals, their associates engaged in crimes covered within the scope of the Convention.

 

B). Memorandum of Association (MOA) among the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC) Member Countries for Establishment of BIMSTEC Energy Centre - the main objectives of this MOA are-

 

•    to create, manage and evaluate energy related data- base relevant to the Region;

•    'to prepare and operate a framework for networking among the national level institutions in the Region; and

•    to enhance co-operation for capacity building and sharing of experiences on best practices.

The proposal made by Hon. (Prof.) G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, to proceed with the activities relating to the above, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

04.    Sri Lankan Delegation to the 9fh Regional Women Ministers' and Parliamentarian's Conference on Gender Equity and the Post 2015 Development Agenda - Sri Lankan delegation headed by Hon. Tissa Karalliyadda, Minister of Child Development and Women 's Affairs and consisting of three Deputy Ministers had attended the above Conference held in Seoul, South Korea on 151h and 16th of May 2013 which was hosted by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) in partnership with the Korean Parliamentary League on Children, Population and Development and Plan Population Federation of Korea with assistance from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Japan Trust Fund. The Conference was attended by 45 delegates representing more than 15 countries in the Asian Pacific Region. Hon. Tissa Karalliyadda, in his speech, had highlighted the action taken by the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs and the Government of Sri Lanka and structural arrangements in place to eliminate all forms of violence against women and children, and towards maintaining gender equality in Sri Lanka, and also to provide education, health and employment facilities by the State to all its citizens without any discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, cast or creed. The participants had appreciated the development goals reached by Sri Lanka, particularly the very high literacy rate and attendance of women in tertiary education, low maternity and infantile death rates, high rate of girls' attendance in primary and secondary education and the high rate of women employed in professional jobs etc. Cabinet of Ministers noted with appreciation, the above information provided by Hon. Tissa Karalliyadda, Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs.

 

05.    Integrated Tourism Related Project to be set up at Glennie Street and Justice Akbar Mawatha, Colombo 02. - the proposal made by Hon. Lakahman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, to implement a project to set up a luxury multi / mixed use Integrated Resort consisting of the convention centre, entertainment facilities, international standard shopping mall, luxury condomoniums and office space with a total investment of US $650 million, which will create direct employment opportunities for 3000-4000 persons during the construction period and in addition, 3000 direct and indirect employment on commencement of business operations, and to grant concessions under the Strategic Development Project Act, No.14 of 2008 (as amended). for the project, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

06.    Proposal to set up and operate an Integrated Resort at D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo - this would include a hotel with a minimum of 400 rooms, convention facilities, restaurants and other associated facilities with a total investment of US $350 million. The project will generate direct employment for 2600 local employees and will also create indirect employment opportunities. The proposal made by Hon, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, to proceed with the activities relating to the award of the project and matters connected thereto, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

07.    Construction of Second New Kelani Bridge - Shifting of High Voltage Transmission Lines - a preparatory survey on traffic improvement project around new Kelani Bridge is being carried out by the Road Development Authority (RDA), in line with the proposed construction of the second new Kelani Bridge in collaboration with Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and it has been revealed that the 2 overhead high tension transmission lines should be converted to underground cables to provide the required clearance to the proposed new Bridge and associated highway network. The proposal made by Hon, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power and Energy to proceed with the activities relating to the shifting of the High Voltage Transmission Lines, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

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