Sri Lanka says “NO” to unsolicited proposals

Apr 06, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka decided not to accept unsolicited proposals as a matter of policy, and plans to act according to the government tender procedure regarding all such proposals in the future, cabinet spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne said last week.

The cabinet of ministers has already approved this proposals made by Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe.
During the last few years it has been observed that the approval of unsolicited projects proposals by the Cabinet of ministers have increased and it has been a subject of criticism.

The new government argues that the country had to bear an exorbitant expenditure as the cost of these proposals were not decided on a competitive basis.

The cabinet has also agreed to review the proposals which are under implementation on various stages and to present each proposals that gives an exceptional economic value to the country for the approval of the cabinet of ministers.

Last week, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion, Kabir Hashim said, the government has over 300 billion rupees of bills to be paid for unsolicited proposals and contracts without agreements for roads building.

Hashim said, the new regime is in the progress of reviewing and re-negotiating with those who made these proposals as the government has no allocated funds to pay these bills.

He said, “We are in a major mess.”