The ongoing development would see Colombo being transformed into a world-class city that could be the centerpiece of Sri Lanka’s economic revival.
Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said at the same time, the government would also develop cities and towns in the rest of the country, “
The Defence Secretary said although other cities such as Kandy, Galle, Jaffna and the fast emerging Hambantota also play important roles, making Colombo a world-class city remains a key priority of the government.
He was speaking at the launch of the South Asia Region Urbanisation Knowledge platform, a high-level policy workshop with the participation of urban development experts and decision makers from eight countries in the region.
The Defence Secretary delivering the key note address under the topic ‘Challenges of Urban Development from a Sri Lankan Perspective’ noted, that as Sri Lanka has now achieved peace, a rapid development is taking place after many years of stagnation.