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    August 09, 2022

    Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held on 08.08.2022


    01. Entering into a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Centre for Higher
    Education Innovation (UNESCO - ICHEI) and the Ministry of Education of the Government
    of Sri Lanka.


    The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation implemented under the sponsorship of
    UNESCO has agreed to provide training across online methodology for enhancing the capacity of staffs
    of technical and vocational education and training institutions in the state sector of this country. Under
    this facility it has been agreed to facilitate for a platform to access to the sectors such as the artificial
    intelligence, robotics, data analyzation, mechanical vision, mechanical learning, digital graphic
    designing and digital enterprises. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval for the
    proposal submitted by the Minister of Education in order to sign a memorandum of understanding
    between the two parties to implement the said programme.


    02. Introduction of cost based water charges.


    It has been recognized that a revision of charges to ensure the financial stability of the National Water
    Supply and Drainage Board and supply of water services to the public continuously and without any
    disturbance is required. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to the resolution
    furnished by the Minister of Water Supply in order to revise the water charges and sewage charges
    obtained at present so that the recurrent monitoring cost and the capital loan services responsibility of
    the National Water Supply and Drainage Board is covered.


    03. Allocating plots of lands from regional industrial zones in which infrastructure facilities were
    developed for the establishment of industries.


    The Ministry of Industries implements the ‘Regional Industrial Zones Development Programme’ with
    the aim of promoting the industries at regional level. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted
    approval to the resolution furnished by the Minister of Industries in order to allocate plots of lands from
    13 industrial zones for 25 investors selected under the said programme.


    04. Programme to provide Japanese language competency at school level.


    In terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the
    Government of Japan, Sri Lankans are eligible to apply for employment as technical in service trainees
    and employments in 14 sectors under the programme with special skills. Competency in Japanese
    language is an essential qualification for the purpose and should be qualified precisely from the
    examinations conducted in several stages. It has been planned to recruit approximately 345,000
    labourers for employments in Japan for the next 05 years under special skills employment programme
    whereas Japan has signed agreements with seven (07) countries including Sri Lanka for this purpose.
    Considering the above circumstances, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the resolution furnished by
    the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employments in order to inaugurate teaching Japanese language
    and English language under the technical subject stream implemented in the schools and to develop
    soft skills in the sectors of nursing, hospitality, building cleaning, agricultural activities, motor
    mechanism or electric and electronic mechanism etc, aiming at the employment opportunities in Japan.

     

    05. Awarding contract for aviation insurance coverage for Sri Lanka Airlines


    Sri Lankan Aviation Company Limited obtain insurance services under 04 categories of insurance
    coverages for their air crafts. Limited national competitive bids have been called from general insurance
    companies registered under Sri Lanka Insurance Regulation Commission for those 04 categories of
    insurance coverages. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to the proposal submitted
    by His Excellency the President as the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation to award the relevant
    contract to Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation as per the recommendation of the Standing Procurement
    Committee appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers.


    06. Provision of funds for the upcoming phases of the projects iROAD 1 and iROAD 2
    implemented under the Consolidated Highways Investment Programme financed by the
    Asian Development Bank


    140 civil work contracts have been awarded for upgrading and maintenance of 6,250 kilometres of rural
    roads and 750 kilometres of national highways by iROAD 1 and iROAD 2 projects financed by the
    Asian Development Bank. Approximately 4,800 kilometres of rural roads and 300 kilometres of
    national highways have been completed by now. Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval
    to the resolution furnished by the Minister of Transport and Highways to hold discussions and enter
    into negotiations as well as taken future actions with the Asian Development Bank in relation to
    obtaining USD 243 million for phase 5 of iROAD 1 programme and USD 200 million for phase 4 of
    iROAD 2 programme to enable implementation of project activities of the said projects without
    disturbance.


    07. Submission of published gazette notifications for the approval of the Parliament.


    The Cabinet of Ministers approved the submission of a gazette notification published in terms of the
    value added tax act No. 14 of 2002, two (02) gazette notifications including rules published under the
    excise ordinance (Chapter 52) and order published under the Finance Act No. 25 of 2003 by the Hon.
    President as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies for the approval of
    the Parliament.


    08. Amendment of the Motor Traffic Act to include provisions to enable registration of electric
    Three Wheelers.


    Several parties have requested for opportunity to utilize electric Tuk Tuks in order to popularize
    vehicles run with electric power instead of utilizing fossil fuel within Sri Lanka. However, the motor
    traffic act needs to be amended since no required provisions are available in the present act.
    Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the resolution submitted by the Minister of Transport
    and Highways to take necessary measures to amend the current motor traffic act including the relevant
    amendments to enable registration of electric Three Wheeled Vehicles.


    09. Amendment of Shop and Office Employees (Regulation Of Employment And Remuneration)
    Act No.19 of 1954


    Many business institutions such as Knowledge Process Outsourcing institutions, Business Process
    Outsourcing institutions, Back Office and ICT enabling Services have emerged in the country around


    major cities. According to the nature of those institutions, the employees working there have to work
    according to the time of other countries. However, according to the Act, women can be employed after
    6:00 PM only in a limited number of employments. Therefore, it has been identified that the existing
    restrictive legal provisions on night work of women should be amended. Accordingly, the cabinet of
    Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment to take
    necessary steps to amend the Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and
    Remuneration) Act No.19 of 1954.


    10. Formation of Cabinet Sub Committees.


    It has been recognized that it is appropriate to establish Cabinet Sub Committees enabling a time frame
    for policy decisions to be made during cabinet meetings and to make recommendations to the Cabinet
    of Ministers regarding the subjects that need to be studied and decided upon in depth of legal and other
    matters. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposals presented by Hon. President to
    establish the Cabinet Subcommittee on Public Expenditure Management chaired by the President in
    order to submit policy recommendations to the Cabinet on the proposals related to public expenditure
    such as the initiation of new projects and procurement activities and to establish Cabinet Subcommittee
    on Institutional Affairs chaired by the prime Minister to study matters related to institutional affairs
    such as appointments, promotions, transfers and disciplinary actions in the public service and submit
    policy study matters related to public service appointments, promotions, transfers and disciplinary
    actions and make policy recommendations to the Cabinet.


    11. Establishment of Cabinet Sub Committee on Cost of Living and establishment of Food
    Security Committee.


    Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Hon. President to establish the Cabinet
    sub-committee on Cost of Living to provide recommendations on policy and practical solutions
    necessary to maintain the cost of living stable by ensuring that food and other essential materials are
    supplied to the market without shortage and to establish Food Security Committee. to assist the work
    of the sub-committee on trade and commerce and to form the committee under the chairmanship of the
    Minister of Food Safety


    12. Implementation of Food Security and Livelihood Restoration Emergency Assistance Project


    The Project " Food Security and Livelihood Restoration Emergency Assistance Project" is planned to
    be implemented with the aim of protecting the food security and livelihoods of the poor and in disaster.
    In addition, the Japan Fund for a Prosperous and Resilient Asia and Pacific Region has agreed to
    provide a 3 million USD grant through the Asian Development Bank to finance the project activities.
    Accordingly, the cabinet of ministers approved the proposal presented by the Hon. president in his
    capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stability and National Policies to conduct negotiation
    discussions with the Asian Development Bank and to enter in to agreements.


    13. Price Revised for domestic type gas


    The cabinet of ministers approved the proposal presented by H.E. the president in his capacity as the
    Minister of Finance, Economic Stability and National Policies to immediately implement a cost-


    representative price formula on the 5th day of every month for the purpose of ensuring continuous
    supply of gas and based on the said price formula to revise domestic gas prices.


    14. Revision of Petroleum Products (Special Provisions) Act No.33 of 2002


    On April 25, 2022, the Cabinet approved the amendment of the Petroleum Products Act No. 33 of 2002
    to enable other competing parties to be granted licenses for the import of petroleum products in order
    to ensure the continuous supply of petroleum products due to the current severe foreign exchange
    deficit. Attorney General’s clearance has been received for the bill prepared by the legal draftsman
    accordingly. The cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Hon. Minister of Power and
    Energy to publish this bill in the Govt. gazette and submit for parliament consequently.

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