Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00
Commonwealth Secretariat says country reps will review summit arrangements at BMICH and Nelum Pokuna
Over 70 representatives from 15 Commonwealth countries are currently in Sri Lanka on an advance visit to make preparations for their respective delegations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, the Commonwealth Secretariat said yesterday.
The delegations will tour the venue of the opening ceremony, the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, conduct detailed walkthroughs of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) – the site of the executive sessions and meetings – and visit Waters Edge, the location of the retreat, the Secretariat said on its website.
“The teams will also visit both Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to review the arrangements,” the Secretariat announced.
The three-day visit, coordinated by the CHOGM 2013 Taskforce Secretariat in Colombo, will also consist of visits to the locations of the two out-of-Colombo forums; the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) in Hikkaduwa and the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Hambantota, the Commonwealth Secretariat said. Activities of the CHOGM 2013 will take place from 10 to 17 November while the main executive sessions will take place 15 to 17 November.