President Gotabhaya Rajapakse has emphasized that the government has no intention of selling or leasing out east container terminal of the Colombo Harbour. The President expressed those views during a meeting today with trade union representatives at the presidential secretariat. He pointed out that the previous government leased out the Hambanthota Port for 99 years. The President said that after coming in to power, discussions were held with the Chinese Company and the responsibility of security of the ocean around the Harbour was taken under the purview of the government. The east container terminal of the Colombo Port will be developed while keeping 51 percent ownership under Sri Lanka government and as an investment with stake holders. The president said that he is prepared to accept proposals submitted together by all trade union representatives. Operations of the western terminal of the Harbour will be entrusted with the port authority in future. The head of the presidential task force Basil Rajapakse who attended the meeting said that increasing operations of the east terminal will generate jobs. Mr. Basil Rajapakse disclosed that the plans prepared by the previous government to sell Mattala international airport and the Norochcholai power plant, were suspended by the present government.
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