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Transparent bids for Sri Lanka airport duty free shops

ECONOMYNEXT – Companies wanting to operate duty free shops at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, earlier given to two firms without bids, will now have to go through a transparent bidding process, a government spokesman said.

Duty free shops play a key role in airport trade activities and the maintenance of these shops in the arrival and departure terminals had been given as a franchise right shared among two operators, said Health Minister Rajitha Seneratne.

“No tender procedure or calling for competitive bidding had been done in the selection,” he told a news conference.

The Cabinet of minister approved a proposal by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee and Technical Evaluation Committee to award duty free shop operations for a five-year period.

“This will be done according to the tender procedure in a more transparent manner with the intention of gaining more benefits to Airport and Aviation Services Limited,” Senaratne said.

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