Plans are underway to set up the SAARC Cultural Centre in Matara. At a news briefing in Colombo Director of the Cultural Centre G.L.W. Samarasinghe said that the office of the Cultural Centre has already been set up in Colombo.
He said it will hold a seminar on rituals, ethics and societal stability as its first programme at Ceylon Continental Hotel from Thursday to Saturday. SAARC leaders unanimously accepted the idea in 2004 to have a cultural centre. It was postponed till 2009 till the President Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed the Chairmanship of the regional body. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage took steps to set up the cultural centre in Matara while the office has already been set up in Colombo before the constructions are completed. The seminar will be the 1st programme of the summit. He said that all member countries are invited for the seminar.