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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa inspects the Colombo Port City construction site, in the heart of capital Colombo, on Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he hoped the Colombo Port City project would be completed soon, so that it would be a major economic boost for the island country.

COLOMBO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday called for the construction of a multi-billion-U.S. dollar Colombo Port City project to be accelerated, saying it is a landmark in the island country and will be the main income generator for the future.

Rajapaksa inspected the Colombo Port City construction site, in the heart of capital Colombo, to mark the sixth anniversary of the launch of the project, jointly developed by the Sri Lankan government and China's CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd.

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 3, 2020 shows the Colombo Port City construction site, in the heart of Sri Lankan capital Colombo. (Photo credit: China's CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)

The prime minister said he hoped that the project would be completed soon, so that it would be a major economic boost for the island country.

Rajapaksa, along with a large government team which included several ministers, visited the marina area, the beachfront, and the central garden of the Port City, which continued construction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adhering to all safety protocols.

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 3. 2020 shows the Colombo Port City construction site, in the heart of Sri Lankan capital Colombo. (Photo credit: China's CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)

Rajapaksa toured the project along with Hu Wei, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka.

Colombo Port City is a large-scale urban development project invested, constructed and operated by China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company.

In 2018, Forbes magazine listed the port city as one of the "Five New Cities to Shake Up the Future." ■

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