- Published on Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:04
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1. SLIATE to establish a training branch at Ratnapura
- The Government has decided to set up a training centre of the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education in Ratnapura.
- Cabinet on a proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development decided to release a UDA owned block of land one (01) acre in extent, situated at Hidellana in the Ratnapura New Town for the purpose.
2. MoU with the Italian Republic for the Recognition of Sri Lanka’s Training and Certification of Seafarers –
- Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal also by the President as the Minister of Ports and Highways, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian Republic concerning recognition of certificates issued to seafarers between the Governments of Sri Lanka and Italy.
- Under this MoU the Italian Maritime Administration will facilitate the Sri Lankan seafarers to be employed on Italian Flag Vessels without holding an equivalent certificate of competency issued by the Maritime Administration of Italy.
- As at present Sri Lankan seafarer holding a Certificate of Competency issued by the Government of Sri Lanka, but employed in a vessel registered in a foreign country should hold an equivalent Certificate of Competency issued by the Maritime Administration of that country.
3. United Nations 2014 World Youth Conference to be held in Sri Lanka
- On a proposal by Mr. Dullas Alahapperurna, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, the Cabinet agreed to host a United Nations World Youth Conference in 2014.
- The Cabinet also gave its approval to obtain official UN endorsement and to use other diplomatic missions abroad to implement the global process for this conference.
4. Twenty - Twenty (T/20) World Cricket Championship in Sri Lanka in September
- In terms of the agreement already reached with the International Cricket Council (ICC), Twenty - Twenty (T/20) World Cricket Championship is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka around September/October 2012 and 12 Member countries are expected to take part.
- There will be 20 teams comprising both males and females and altogether 52 matches will be played in the tournament.
- The Minister of Sports Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgamage informed the Cabinet that the ICC would provide a direct grant of US $ 9.4 million to Sri Lanka as expenses of hosting the tournament in addition to another US $ 30 million, the ICC expects to spend in Sri Lanka for the tournament.
- Since this will be an ideal opportunity for Sri Lanka to promote country’s image, a joint effort will be taken by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Hotels Corporation and the BoI coming under the Ministry of Economic Development and also the ministry of National Heritage to effect suitable promotional activities to develop cultural and tourist attractions.
- The proposal made by Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Sports to proceed with the programme of work, was approved by the Cabinet.
5. MoU on Cultural Co-operation with the Republic of Indonesia
- The proposal made by Mr.T.B. Ekanayake, Minister of Culture and the Arts, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Indonesia, to promote and develop cultural co-operation between the two countries was approved by the Cabinet.
- This would help enrichment and fostering of the cultures of two countries and also pave the way for exchange of cultural programs.