Posted on March 20th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

During my regular walk a  bird flying over Diyawanna lake whispered to me that ,cabinet intends to decide the fate of Hambantota  Project. Instead of giving a whopping 80 % of the ownership of the port to Chinese ,government ( under Yahaplana Pressure) has decided to increase our stake to  40%  ,where as 20 % will be owned by SLPA and balance 20% to treasury .This 20% will be divested to local investors in time to come with or without investment ,but at a premium .

All the critics of selling family jewels can now propose following .Rather than one big blue company acquires 20 % at a later stage, government can float the shares on a financing portal base on Crowd Funding

Crowd Funding Definition as follows

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and of alternative finance. In 2015, it was estimated that worldwide over US$34 billion was raised this way

Although the concept can also be executed through mail-order subscriptions, benefit events, and other methods, it is now often performed via Internet-mediated registries. This modern crowdfunding model is generally based on three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded, individuals or groups who support the idea, and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea

Crowdfunding has been used to fund a wide range for-profit entrepreneurial ventures such as artistic and creative projects, medical expenses, travel, or community-oriented social entrepreneurship and infrastructure projects

In order to be fair to people who have back money  floating around inland revenue should clos either eyes in order to mobilize hidden money by tuition teachers ,consultants ,lawyers and of course politicians

I suggest that all the ventures government plan sell should allocate 20% of the equity to the people” by hook or crook.Hilton ,Water edge ,Hiat .Lanka Hospitals .and some plantations,.Litro Gas Coal Company ,CPPSTL etc can be sold and people will not complain ,

This is an another step into the utopia of Yahaplanaya ,perhaps ??

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    A 40% equity stake for Sri Lanka is NOT ENOUGH!

    It should be INCREASED to a 60% equity stake to be held by the Government of Sri Lanka and by Sri Lankan citizens.

    Crowd funding by Sri Lankan citizens only is a good idea, especially because it would disseminate shares to the citizenry.

    However, it is likely to generate only a small part of the required funds!

  2. aloy Says:

    No need of any funding by Chinese. Reduce import of unnecessary goods. Increase fuel prices. Stop import of luxury cars. Money saved can be used to pay back loans. No need to sell family silver that belong to all Sri Lankans and those not yet born. Traitors including Durjana get lost.

    Hambanthota should be run in the same way as Colombo port and no land for foreigners on whatever pretex to have colonies anywhere in the country.

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