No for­eign par­ties in Colombo Port’s East Ter­mi­nal

Maritime Gateway - - South Asia News -

Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent, Maithri­pala Sirisena told the Sri Lanka Ports Au­thor­ity work­ers’ unions that he would not al­low the con­tract on Colombo Port’s East Ter­mi­nal to be given to a for­eign party. Among the com­pa­nies bid­ding for the pro­ject were Shapoorji, CONCOR, and Bangladesh’s Sum­mit Ship­ping. In the early stages, the Sirisena-wick­remesinghe gov­ern­ment was keen on giv­ing the con­tract to a South Asian com­pany to bal­ance China and South Asia, in the port projects. The then min­is­ter of ports, Ar­juna Ranatunga, even named the In­dian firms, Shapoorji Pal­lonji and CONCOR, as the likely re­cip­i­ents of the con­tract.

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