PwC identifies a potential $13.8 bn addition to GDP ($ 550 per capita) upon full operationalization of the Port City Colombo


PwC, on Tuesday 09th November 2021, presented their latest assessment of the Port City’s economic impact to the Economic Commission. The assessment evaluates the potential impact of the Port City Colombo across five key macroeconomic variables: Employment, Gross Domestic Product, Foreign Direct Investment, Balance of Payments and Government Revenue.

Having initiated the original report in early 2020, the November 2021 update explores the effect of the Special Economic Zone status conferred by way of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act and the “Five Year Plot Roll-out Strategy” of CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd – the Project Company.

The Port City is envisaged to be focused on high value modern services such as Information & Communication Technology, maritime services, financial services and other professional services by leveraging Sri Lanka’s strategic location amongst a fast growing region, skilled talent pool, low cost environment and the ease of doing business offered by the SEZ legislation.

As an oceanfront extension of the existing Colombo Central Business District, Port City is also expected to have a strong destination appeal for city tourism. The five land plots earmarked in the Master Plan for luxury city hotels and an integrated resort could add a room inventory of ~2,900 keys to complement MICE, yachting, medical value travel, business and leisure travelers.

Considering the mammoth scale of this urban development project, completion is expected progressively over the next 20 years attracting as much as $12.7 bn in additional investment. Providing a globally competitive business environment will be a prerequisite in attracting FDIs which could take-off the development of the Port-City (and the country) to the expected levels.

The analysis clearly shows that Sri Lanka benefits significantly by the Port City development project provided construction and operational stages proceed as planned. Both construction and operational stages will contribute to the national economy directly and indirectly, if the Port City project is integrated in a comprehensive manner with the local economy and it could also be a catalyst for the future development in Sri Lanka.

The full report will be made available via PwC’s website and social media channels.