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Sri Lankan government to receive final proposal for a public-private partnership framework for SriLankan Airlines

Sri Lankan government to receive final proposal for a public-private partnership framework for SriLankan Airlines

The committee of officials on the restructuring of Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines has been tasked with preparing the final proposal for a public-private partnership (PPP) framework based on the report presented by a hired aviation consultant, a top Government source has been quoted as saying in the local media.
“The report presentation presented last week to the Prime Minister was on the proposed way forward. We are now tasked with analysing the report,” the official has told the Daily FT.
British aviation specialist Nyras, which presented the second part of its report to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, focusing on the proposed framework of a PPP, is to meet the officials’ committee this week to discuss the report.
The media report further states the committee is then tasked with making a recommendation to the Ministerial Committee headed by the Prime Minister. The proposal will then be taken to the Cabinet for approval and future action.
The main points in part II of the report presented last week focused mainly on the shareholder ratio, as the Government is focused on retaining 51% control, official sources have told the Daily FT.
Further, the report also discussed the options available for debt absorption as the Government moves forward to find an investor for the cash-strapped airline.
In addition, the report also includes proposals for tax concessions, especially in connection to withholding tax on investments, a source has told the Daily FT.
“We will need to come up with a scheme for tax concessions for the investment. If not, when VAT and withholding tax are added up it will be too expensive,” one source has explained.

OSL take:

The finalization of the PPP framework for SriLankan Airlines would result in the creation of one of the large scale PPPs in Sri Lanka. Following the restructuring process, a PPP with Sri Lankan Airlines would be an excellent investment opportunity for a foreign aviation company.

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