China Merchants Group Chairman Miao Jianmin planting a mee tree at Hambantota International Port. This tree is of high ayurvedic medicinal value.

Chairman of the China Merchants Group (CMG), Miao Jianmin, has declared that their investments here would reach nearly USD 2 bn.

CMG is China’s largest diversified conglomerate, according to a statement issued by the Hambantota International Port Group that dealt with Miao Jianmin’s recent visit. The statement quoted Jianmin’s as having said that the Group’s latest investment plans would up its accumulated investments here to reach nearly 2 billion US Dollars.

Chairman Miao Jianmin, who is on his first visit to the country, attended a signing and ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at the Hambantota International Port, for 15 projects. The China Merchants Group, which entered the Sri Lankan market, in 2008, accumulated a total investment of 1.68 billion US dollars as at the beginning of 2023. The Group has just signed another investment agreement with the Sri Lankan government, with plans to invest 400 million US dollars to build a modern logistics centre in Colombo. The new development will up CMG’s accumulated investment in Sri Lanka to reach over 2 billion US dollars, making it the largest foreign investment enterprise in the country.

“On this fertile land, we will write an extraordinary chapter together, and promote Hambantota Port to move forward and become a new bright spot and driving force in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean,” the CMG Chairman said.

The project signing event, held at the Hambantota Maritime Centre Sky Lounge, included MoUs, commercial agreements, office lease and land lease agreements. The partnering organisations present were Bhathiya Trading Company, COSCO Shipping Lines Lanka, Shipload Maritime, United Life Supermarket, HXZA Lanka International, Lu Fortune Investment, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka Limited and Inchcape Mackinnon Mackenzie Shipping.

Expressing full confidence in the development of the Hambantota International Port, Chairman Miao Jianmin said that CMG will continue to increase investments in Sri Lanka and establish extensive cooperation with everyone. The China Merchants Group brings to Sri Lanka their rich experience in port and park management, coupled with advanced technology. The Group plans to build the Hambantota International Port into an important logistics centre and industrial base on the island, as well as the Indian Ocean region.

With a 150-year history, the China Merchants Group is a diversified conglomerate with key business areas focused on transportation and logistics, comprehensive finance, urban and park development. The Group’s most recent interests include emerging industries, such as healthcare and testing.

In addition to the signings, HIP celebrated three projects in the industrial park that have reached completion. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the completed phase 1 of the INSEE warehouse by Siam City Cement, the covered bonded warehousing facility by Hambantota Port & Logistics Services and the plug-and-play, park-in-park facility by Shenzhen Xinji Group.

The event also marked the commencement of Phase II of the INSEE Warehouse by Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited as well as the state-of-the-art yacht building facility by SeaHorse Yachts (Pvt) Ltd.