More than 70 representatives from 15 Commonwealth countries are currently in Sri Lanka on an advance visit to make preparations for their respective delegations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013.
The delegations will tour the venue of the opening ceremony, the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, conduct detailed walkthroughs of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) – the site of the executive sessions and meetings – and visit Waters Edge, the location of the retreat, the CHOGM secretariat said.
The teams will also visit both the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to review the arrangements.
The three-day visit, coordinated by the CHOGM 2013 Taskforce Secretariat in Colombo, will also consist of visits to the locations of the two out-of-Colombo forums – the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) in Hikkaduwa and the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Hambantota.
Activities of CHOGM 2013 will take place Nov. 10-17 while the main executive sessions will take place Nov.15-17. (Colombo Gazette)