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The people of Sri Lanka are reluctant about casinos opening in the country while the government is enthusiastic about the economic gains this will bring.
regulations are being formulated for the said bill. Once it is done, we will know what the next step should be. We have submitted the cabinet paper for a mixed development project and want the work on it to continue. After four years – the time the construction will take – we will talk about casinos. Till then, it's just a mixed development project,” was the view of the Minister of Investment Promotion, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena. Yet, religious groups along with the opposition have continued to increase pressure on the government.
Sri Lanka has approved the construction of a $400 million complex along with two similar projects, but without any explicit permission to operate casinos there. It is too early to say that whether the groups would be successful in saving the country from the claimed catastrophe following the entry of casinos in the country. The writer is a business journalist based in Sri Lanka. She focuses on issues pertaining to trade, health and fashion.