Sept 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka expects around 5,000 foreign arrivals in the country to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, the Ministry of External Affairs says.
The government will provide accommodation facilities to the heads of the government, foreign ministers and foreign secretaries, Additional Secretary to the External Affairs Ministry Rodney Perera has told the SLBC.
Other foreign representatives are expected to find their own accommodation and other facilities at their own expense, the official has said.
According to the Ministry, nearly 30 foreign teams have come to Sri Lanka at present to look into the facilities available prior to the Commonwealth meeting.
The first advance visit team of 70 representatives from 15 Commonwealth countries visited the island on August 16 for a three-day tour.
The second advance visit team of nearly 80 representatives from 14 Commonwealth countries visited the country from August 23-25.
Britain's Prince Charles repressing the Head of the Commonwealth, the Queen of Britain, will also arrive in the island and he is scheduled to stay for over three days. An advance security team of the Prince has also visited the island earlier to inspect security arrangements.
The advance teams visited 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 and the two international airports at Katunayake and Mattala.
The heads of governments will also visit the cultural and natural attractions in the country.
The opening ceremony of CHOGM 2013 will be held at the Lotus Pond Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre in Colombo. The inaugural ceremony of the meeting will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) - the site of the executive sessions and meetings while the Commonwealth Heads Retreat will be held at the Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla.