A national steering committee at ministerial level will be set up to coordinate all activities relating to the hosting of 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.
The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday granted approval to a proposal submitted by the External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris to appoint this committee to be headed by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne.
A National Task Force at Secretaries level headed by the Secretary to the President is also to be set up to implement the decisions taken by the national steering committee.
The CHOGM held in Trinidad and Tobago in Nov 2009 has unanimously agreed to hold its 2013 meeting in Colombo following which Sri Lanka will serve as the Chair of CHOGM for the next two years.
CHOGM is held every two years and is the highest consultative and policy-making mechanism of the Commonwealth.
The CHOGM will be the largest international event to be hosted by Sri Lanka since 1976 as 54 Heads of States or Governments will participate at this summit.
Perth, Australia was assigned as the host for 2011 and Sri Lanka as the 2013 host of the biennial event.
Meanwhile, Mike Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday.
Hooper is in Sri Lanka to meet with Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games Committee for discussions on Sri Lanka's bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Sri Lanka competing with Gold Coast, Australia to host the Commonwealth Games recently unveiled a large-scale model of the Hambantota 2018 'Sports City' in the presence of Hooper.