President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested that the work on the northern expressway be expedited when he met with a delegation from the China Merchants Group (CMG) headed by the company president, Mr. Li Jianhong, yesterday (Aug. 05) at Temple Trees.
Indicating the current level of development taking place in the north, President Rajapaksa stressed how important the highway will be for people, making it easier and faster to travel between the north and south.
Also a partner in the Colombo Port Expansion Project, the CMG delegation was in Sri Lanka for the opening of the Colombo Port South Terminal.
“This harbor is very competitive in the South Asian region,” Mr. Jianhong said, pointing out that the harbor will not only benefit South Asia but also the wider Asian region.
On the northern expressway project, CMG is now carrying out the feasibility study as well as the preparation of the technical and financial reports. While Mr. Jianhong described how well his company and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) had collaborated on the port project, President Rajapaksa expressed confidence in CMG’s ability to implement work on the expressway as soon as possible.
The Ambassador of China in Sri Lanka Mr. Wu Jianghao and several high-level officials from CMG also joined the discussion with President Rajapaksa.
Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Highways Mr. R.W.R. Premasiri and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama were also present.