Port City Economic Commission Bill passed with amendments

The Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill was passed with amendments in Parliament today.

The Bill was passed with 149 parliamentarians voting in favour and 58 against it during the third reading.

The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) voted against the Bill.

A number of amendments to the Bill proposed by the SJB were rejected by the Government.

Earlier, the second reading of the Bill was passed with 148 MPs voting for and 59 against it.

The Supreme Court had determined that some clauses in the Port City Economic Commission Bill are inconsistent with the Constitution.

The Supreme Court determined that if the amendments suggested by the Court are applied then the Bill and its provisions will cease to be inconsistent with the Constitution.

Accordingly, the Government presented the Bill to Parliament with amendments for a debate.

The vote on the Bill was taken following the debate and the Bill was passed. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Excellent move, congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka. Extremely vital move to boost the foreign investments, especially from China.

  2. The Port City Bill: Second reading passed in Parliament is a great blessing to our Nation. It will now have to go through the 3rd., reading with the amendments requested by the Supreme court incopted accordingly. The Bill will now be referred to the Committee of the Whole Parliament in terms of Standing Order 57, the proceedings of the Committee which is conducted in terms of Standing Orders 93 to 99.
    After due process, it will go for a 3rd., reading and then voting. Being voted at the 3rd., reading the Bill will become law.
    This law will change the Socio-Economical and Social development of our “Maathruboomiya” in the future, the benefits that will be “REAPED” by our younger generations in the coming years by the grace of God AllMighty. It is a pity that those MP’s and the opposition that voted against this bill at the 2nd., reading have still not understood the value of this Colombo Port City Project.
    It is a pity that our law makers, MAJORITY of the 225 in parliament are all idiotic fools who sit in parliament consuming our tax money being elected by the innocent people who are hoping for a better future. I do not think that even 25 of these MP’s would have read the bill or have resourced content/knowledge material in print or the internet to take a look/understand what is the larger picture of both these major Chinese projects are (Hambantota Habour and the Colombpo Port City) in respect to the REALITY it will be for Sri Lanka.
    Look at the “KARAKORAM HIGHWAY” that China has built jointly with Pakistan, a road that is now linking Pakistan and China – 1300 km long which had taken 20 years to accomplish and claimed today as the 7th., wonder of the world by European journalists. These MP’s who are trying to criticise Should have visited Pakistan and taken a trip (drive) from Pakistan to China on this highway to see for themselves the development and socio-economic development this project has brought to the rural and remote villages/urban towns and the people through which the Highway has been built. This link has benefited Pakistan with Sterling pounds 14 billion annually from tade alone in recent years.
    The “KARAKORAM HIGHWAY” and rail links will reach out to all the CIS countries and reach the mediterain sea in the near future and become part of the “One Belt One Road” project. Sri Lanka cannot loose this great opportunity because our law makers cannot “SEE FAR”.
    It is a pity that Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera and Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith called on the government to postpone the bill. Surely they have been misled by the opposition or other vested political forces within Sri Lanka and or the vested geo-political forces that are against this great development project that Sri Lanka will also play a major role in it’s participation. They should also take a trip to Pakistan and look at the development the Chinese “KARAKORAM HIGHWAY” Project has contributed both infrastructure wise and socio-economically to the people of Pakistan so that they both can clearly understand the benefits that Sri Lanka, our “MAATHRUBOOMIYA” will get from the outcome of the mega-infrastructure and trade project with inclusion of corridors spanning some 60 countries, primarily in Asia and Europe but also including Oceania and East Africa, at an estimated cost US$: 4–8 trillion.
    It is important that the Sri Lanka Government must get this bill passed in parliament by all means at the Committe stage and at the 3rd., reading, by the grace of God AllMighty.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activists, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Convener “The Muslim Voice” and Member “Viyathmaga”


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