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    Cabinet Decisions on 02.01.2023 Featured

    January 03, 2023

    Decisions taken by theof Mon 02.01.2023inisters 


    01. Program for Restructuring State-Owned Enterprises


    The resolution for the restructuring of state enterprises was presented to the Parliament by
    the Hon President in the interim budget of 2022 as well as in the budget presented for the
    year 2023. Accordingly, the State Enterprises Restructuring Unit has already been
    established under the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies to
    facilitate the restructuring process of State Enterprises. Some of the entities targeted for
    restructuring are state-owned companies of which the government is the majority
    shareholder. Some state owned enterprises operate as corporations. Under that situation, the
    Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Hon. President in his capacity as
    the Minister of Finance, Economic Stability and National Policies to make necessary
    arrangements to establish a parent company affiliated to the Treasury with 100% equity
    ownership by the Secretary of the Treasury and to make necessary arrangements to register
    the State Enterprises identified for restructuring as subsidiaries of the said parent company
    in order to accelerate the state-owned enterprises restructuring program.


    02. Accepting the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment
    and the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters
    Specific to Aircraft Equipment


    The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the
    Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft
    Equipment established in 2001 under the auspices of the International Institute for the
    Unification of Private Law and the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Cabinet
    of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Hon. Minister of Ports, Naval and
    Aviation to accept the Convention and to make the necessary laws to implement the relevant
    provisions in Sri Lanka


    03. Protocol on Inspection, Quarantine and Veterinary Hygiene Requirements of Marine
    Fisheries Aquatic Products to be Exported from Sri Lanka to China


    The General Administration of Customs of the Republic of China has approved the export
    of 33 Sri Lankan food products to China. Among them 29 are aquatic products and 38 Sri
    Lankan companies registered in the Republic of China are working as exporters of these
    products. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the
    Minister of Fisheries to sign the Protocol on Inspection, Quarantine and Veterinary Hygiene
    Requirements of Marine Fisheries Aquatic Products to be Exported from Sri Lanka to China
    between the Customs Administration of the Republic of China and the Ministry of Fisheries
    of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in order to provide
    the necessary support and encouragement for the export of aquatic products to China.


    04. Introducing a system for the admission ofstudents from Grade 2 to Grade 11 in schools
    (Except Grade 6)


    The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Education to
    introduce a new system for the admission of students from grade 2 to grade 11 (except
    grade 6 ) in schools by further streamlining the current circular provisions to identify
    groups that really need to change their schools and to create fair and equal access
    opportunities to admit in to intermediate grades and to keep the maximum number of
    students for grades 1-5 class at 40 and for grades 6-11 at 45 unchanged under the new
    system.


    05. Establishment of a Rapid Service Unit under the Urban Development Authority


    The Urban Development Authority has identified the need to expedite development
    projects in urban areas. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal
    presented by the Minister of Urban Development to establish a One-Stop-Unit by improving
    the current development application processing system.


    06. Sale of housing units in Borella Oval View Residencies project on freehold basis


    The 24-storey Oval View Residencies housing project in Borella consisting of 608 housing
    units built for government employees and 5 commercial units has been completed and was
    handed over to the beneficiaries in the year 2020. The Proposal presented by the Minister
    of Urban Development and Housing to provide freehold deeds to the beneficiaries in
    accordance with the provisions of the Urban Development Authority Act No. 41 of 1978
    was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


    07. 4th cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights
    Council


    In accordance with a resolution adopted by of the United Nations Human Rights Council
    in 2006, all member states must be subjected to a universal periodic review once every 4
    years. This provides an opportunity to declare the national level steps taken by the member
    countries to improve the condition of human rights in the member countries and to fulfill
    the human rights obligations of those countries. Sri Lanka has participated in 3 review
    cycles so far and the next review is scheduled to be held on February 01, 2023. The Cabinet
    agreed on the measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present a self-evaluation
    regarding the steps taken since the previous review by the National Report of Sri Lanka to
    be submitted under the 4th review cycle.


    08. Amendment of Sri Lanka Port Authority Act No. 51 of 1979


    Section 5 (1) of Sri Lanka Port Authority Act No. 51 of 1979 contains the provisions
    applicable to the appointment of members to the board of directors of Sri Lanka Port
    Authority. However, no provisions have been made by those provisions to appoint a
    representative of the subject Minister of Ports to the board of directors. Since the presence
    of a representative of the subject minister is appropriate when taking necessary decisions,
    the Cabinet of Ministers approved the resolution furnished by the Minister of Port, Shipping
    and Aviation to amend section 5 (1) of Sri Lanka Port Authority Act. No. 51 of 1979.


    09. Fundamental activities relevant to the divestiture of crown lands to be performed only
    through the Divisional Secretaries.


    Powers to the divestiture of lands under the Mahaveli development Scheme are reserved
    with the Director General of Sri Lanka Mahaweli Development Authority, while the powers
    to divesture of lands under the Land Reform Commission reserves under that Commission.
    Since the objectives under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Scheme as well as the
    Land Reform Commission have been accomplished by now, there should be an appropriate
    procedure to perform all the fundamental activities applicable to divestiture of all crown
    lands including the divestiture of crown lands under the purview of the above two
    institutions by the Divisional Secretaries. Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to
    issue a concurrence on the action taken by the Hon. President to appoint a committee headed
    by a Senior Additional Secretary to the President to prepare and submit a policy and required
    guidelines to divest lands including the amendments that should be introduced by studying
    all rules and regulations prevailing in regard to divestiture of crown lands.


    10. Submission of regulations issued under the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, No. 01
    of 1969 to the Parliament for its approval.


    The resolution furnished by the Hon. President as the Minister of Finance, Economic
    Stabilization and National Policies to submit the following regulations issued under the
    Imports and Exports (Control) Act, No. 01 of 1969 to the Parliament was approved by the
    Cabinet of Ministers:
    • Imports and Exports (Control) regulations No. 23 of 2022 enacted by extraordinary
    gazette notification No. 2309/40 dated 09.12.2022
    • Imports and Exports (Control) regulations No. 24 of 2022 enacted by extraordinary
    gazette notification No. 2311/08dated 19.12.2022
    • Imports Control regulations No. 25 of 2022 for control of import for payment
    methods enacted by extraordinary gazette notification No. 2311/18 dated
    21.12.2022


    11. Import of eggs as a remedy to the shortage of eggs prevailing in the local market.


    The Cabinet of Ministers decided to import eggs with the mediation of the Government if
    required it as a remedy to the inconvenience encountered by the customers due to the
    shortage of eggs in the local market prevailing at present and the price hike possible.

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