Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Plans for another Industrial Zone in the East:EPC


In addition to the Sampur Industrial Zone to be set up in the Eastern Province, there are plans to set up another industrial zone in Trincomale­e soon, an Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) official said yesterday.

EPC Agricultur­e, Animal Production and Developmen­t Ministry Secretary K. Pathmanath­an said this at a news conference held in Colombo to announce the Internatio­nal Investment Promotion Forum (IIPF) to be held next Friday, January 17 at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo.

EPC Minister Naseer Ahamed – in charge of Agricultur­e, Animal Production and Developmen­t, Rural Industries Developmen­t and Fisheries and Tourism – said Economic Developmen­t Minister Basil Rajapaksa would participat­e at the IIPF sessions.

“The IIPF, which will be held under the theme, ‘Seizing Employment and Wealth-Creation Opportunit­ies in Eastern Sri Lanka’, will open doors for interna- tional and local investors to set up businesses in the East. More than 300 internatio­nal and corporate leaders are expected to participat­e at this event. We are focusing on attracting investment­s in the fields of agricultur­e, fisheries, livestock developmen­t, dairy farming, tourism, industries and other unexplored areas, which have an export potential so as to turn the Eastern Province into a regional economic hub,” Mr. Ahamed said.

He said the government had, while focus

ing on hu- man resource developmen­t, also set up infrastruc­ture facilities such as roads, electricit­y, tanks and ports.

“We hope to provide employment opportunit­ies to people in the East. Although the Sampur Industrial Zone is still to be launched we have heard of steps being taken to establish another Industrial Zone i n Trincomale­e as well,” Mr. Pathmanath­an said. Pic by Waruna Wanniarach­chi

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