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    Decisions taken at the meeting of the cabinet of ministers held on the 07.02.2022

    1. Entering in to agreements between La Jolla Institute, USA and General Sir John
    Kotelawala Defense University for the implementation of a research project.
    The La Jolla Institute for Immunology in the United States of America and General Sir John
    Kotelawala Defense University have been conducting academic collaborations since 2017.
    The University has so far received US $ 505,840 in funding for the collaboration to
    implement research projects. The two parties has reached an agreement to further enhance
    existing academic collaborations aimed at promoting research work on early detection,
    understanding and mitigation of tuberculosis and exchanging student and academic staff.
    Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the President, in his
    capacity as the Minister of Defense, to sign agreements on the implementation of the
    relevant project.

    2. Implementation of the Unitary Digital Identity Framework for Sri Lanka
    The Government has decided to prioritize the implementation of a Unitary Digital Identity
    Framework for Sri Lanka as a national level program. Under the proposed Unitary Digital
    Identity Framework, it is expected to introduce a personal identity verification device based
    on biometric data, a digital tool that can represent the identities of individuals in cyberspace,
    and the identification of individual identities that can be accurately verified in digital and
    physical environments by combining the two devices. During the bilateral talks between H.E.
    the President and the Prime Minister of India in December 2019, the Government of India
    agreed to provide a grant to implement the Unitary Digital Identity framework. Accordingly,
    Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the President in his capacity as the
    Minister of Technology, to work towards the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to
    obtain the said grant and to implement the proposed project under that grant.

    3. Construction of an organic fertilizer manufacturing platform for Mahaveli Knuckles
    Organic Agricultural Zone.
    Subject to provisions of Sri Lanka Mahaveli Authority Act Moragahakanda, Kalu Ganga
    Mahaveli ‘F’ zone has been declared to be a sustainable development zone that carries out
    organic agricultural production by a gazette notification. It is expected to escalate the income
    of the farmer community by the production of agricultural crops utilizing organic input and

    void of poisonous chemicals as well as to realize the national organic agricultural crops
    production targets through the participation of a farmer community equipped with enhanced
    skills on organic agriculture. With the objective of producing organic fertilizer required for
    crop cultivation, in the long run, it has been planned to establish two organic fertilizer
    production centres with laboratory facilities in Wellewela and Guruwela Mahaveli zones.
    Wellewela organic fertilizer production centre is planned to be established as the first step of
    the programme and has been forecast of the annual production of 2,000 metric tons of
    fertilizer. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal furnished by the
    Minister of Irrigation for entrusting the contract of construction of the said organic fertilizer
    centre to the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau as a direct contract.

    4. Investment Disputes High Court Act
    The Minister of Justice has instructed the Commercial Law Reform Subcommittee appointed
    under the Special Unit of the Ministry of Justice to make recommendations on the legal
    reforms that need to be made to create a legal environment conducive to investment in Sri
    Lanka. Accordingly, the Committee has proposed to set up an Investment Disputes Tribunal
    with the power to hear and decide the cases related to disputes within the financial limit of Rs.
    50 million arising out of an initial investment of Rs. 100 million or more.

    5. Introduction of a new Arbitration Act
    The Commercial Law Reform Sub-Committee appointed under the Special Unit of the
    Ministry of Justice has identified the need to study the facts regarding the field of arbitration
    in Sri Lanka and introduce a new Act. The Committee further recommended the need to
    impose provisions in the proposed Act to address existing barriers at the arbitration stage as
    well as at the enforcement stage of arbitration decisions to enable large scale domestic and
    foreign investment in Sri Lanka. Accordingly Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal
    presented by the Minister of Justice to advice the legal draftsman to prepare a arbitration bill
    accordingly.

    6. Applying the cabinet decision regarding the elimination of salary anomalies in teacher
    principal services to Piriven teachers and Government Approved Assisted Special
    Private School Teachers as well
    Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Minister of Education to apply
    provisions of the Public Administration Circular No. 03/2016 (iv) issued in line with the
    Cabinet decision on elimination of salary anomalies in teacher and principal services, to
    Piriven teachers and Government Approved Assisted Special Private School Teachers.

     

     

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