Sri Lanka's China-backed Tax Haven Clears Final Hurdle
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Tue 18th May 2021 | 07:19 PM
A Chinese-funded tax-free enclave billed as Sri Lanka's answer to Dubai and Singapore cleared the final legal hurdle Tuesday as the Supreme Court in Colombo ruled it could go ahead with only minor tweaks
Colombo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th May, 2021 ) :A Chinese-funded tax-free enclave billed as Sri Lanka's answer to Dubai and Singapore cleared the final legal hurdle Tuesday as the Supreme Court in Colombo ruled it could go ahead with only minor tweaks.
Sri Lanka's top court rejected 19 petitions challenging the "Colombo Port City Economic Commission" bill and approved the $1.4-billion project subject to minor amendments which the government immediately said it accepted.
Project officials have said they hope the brand new "Port City," an area of reclaimed land, will attract billions of Dollars for trade, banking and offshore services similar to what is available in Dubai and Singapore, two of its potential competitors.
Named the "Colombo Port City" because of its proximity to Colombo's main harbour, the sea reclamation -- carried out with considerable Chinese labour -- completed in 2019 has doubled the size of Colombo's financial district by adding 269 hectares (665 acres).
Under the proposed legislation expected to be passed by Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday, the Port City will be administered by a commission with unprecedented powers to fast track investment approvals.