Sri Lanka beachfront investment next week: Treasury Secy

Nov 24, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is expecting up to 500 million US dollars of investments on a key beachfront re-development in Colombo with the first project to take off as early as next week, finance ministry secretary P B Jayasundera said. Development of the Galle Face area, Colombo’s most prominent beachfront, is part of a large plan to redevelop Colombo, he said.

The government is declaring the Presidential Secretariat, the Treasury and the Galle Face Hotel as heritage buildings and a military camp in the area would be shifted Jayasundera told a seminar organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

“Next week in fact that investment will take place,” he told the forum.

Jayasundera said investments of around 400 to 500 million US dollars were expected on a hotel and shopping complex.

He declined to name the first investment proposal but said other investors could also submit proposals.

A government committee is entertaining proposals to develop Colombo and hotel, shopping mall and apartment development by Hong Kong-based Shangri-La group has been approved, according to recent reports.

Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority also wants to develop land around D R Wijewardene Mawatha, a key