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Cabinet Greenlights Proposal for Upgrade of Bandaranaike International Airport and Colombo Port with Japanese Grant

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to a proposal aimed at enhancing the infrastructure of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake and the Colombo Port to align with international practices, recommendations, and standards. This initiative is made possible through a grant provided by the Government of Japan.

Given Sri Lanka’s heavy reliance on income generated from international tourism and business travel, the government underscores the importance of ensuring the smooth operation of entry points into the country. This involves building confidence among travelers and aligning cross-border entry points with international health regulations on movement.

The Government of Japan, recognizing the significance of bolstering border-related health preparedness, has allocated a grant of Yen 1.17 billion through the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The grant aims to contribute directly to the control of infectious diseases and enhance the overall security of passengers, staff, and stakeholders at points of entry during health emergencies.

The proposed upgrade extends to the facilities of not only BIA and Colombo Port but also the Maldives International Airport. The Cabinet of Ministers has given the green light to the proposal presented by the Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation. The implementation of this project will be coordinated in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Department of Immigration, Airports and Air Services Company, and the Sri Lanka Port Authority.

This strategic initiative reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards at key entry points, promoting public health, and contributing to the overall safety and security of all stakeholders involved in international travel and trade.

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