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Sri Lanka, Singapore draw plan to make Trincomalee Bay of Bengal gateway

Jul 12, 2018 06:54 AM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka will make Trincomalee in the island's East Coast as the gateway to the Bay of Bengal region, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said as a plan to develop the port city was drawn up by a Singaporean planning firm.

"When Sri Lanka was a major hub in the Indian Ocean in ancient times, there were several ports in the West and East of the country," Prime Minister Wickramasinghe said.

"The initiatives to develop Trincomallee in the next 10 to 15 years are in this plan.

"By 2050, the Bay of Bengal region will have a population of three billion people"

Singapore's Surbana Jurong, a state connected planning firm had developed the Trincomalee masterplan with Sri Lanka's Megapolis and Western Development Ministry.

Wickramasinghe said an 'Eastern Economic Corridor' will be connected with a highway to the central city of Kandy, for which funding will come from the Asian Development Bank.

Wickramasinghe said strategies were already in place to develop the Western province and the South. The next step was Jaffna in the North.

Analysts say the Bay of Bengal area was a vibrant maritime region until the end of the British Empire.

However post-independent nations, including India had progressively been driven by socialist and nationalist philosophies, articulated by German and Eastern European philosophers like Friedrich List and Karl Marx had gradually closed the economies, leading to stagnation and poverty.

East Asia on the other hand opened and integrated. (Colombo/July12/2018)



  1. Jayasundara November 14, 08:49 AM

    Trincomalee has a tremendous potential to become a first class Industrial Port City in South Asia. Trincomalee should be developed as a supporting facility to Colombo port and linked with a high speed rail/road network enabling both ports to multiple their volumes and ease the congestion in Colombo Port.So, this kind of comprehensive planning is a must and welcome.

  2. Nana July 12, 09:26 AM

    Though the plan could be viable, what Sri lanka need currently is not mega loan driven investments, but fundamentals set right like rule of law, Reduce waste corruption, recover Billions corrupted, Restructure Govt Enterprises, stop money printing, Regulating tourism etc. Then the economic growth will pick up to be 8-10 automatically. Also can we trust Singapore to be doing this type of project against their interests ? They will be the hardest hit. PM, Do the basics first.

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