Northern peninsula industrial sector blooms
The industrial sector in the Northern peninsula has bloomed.
Expatriates from Jaffna are keen to invest in the North.
Infrastructure facilities in the North which were devastated during
the war against terrorism has been reconstructed. The Jaffna Railway
Station and Delft Divisional Secretariat office will be opened by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 13, Investment Promotion Minister
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told the Sunday Observer after his recent
visit to the North.
Minister Abeywardena also visited the Mannar Jetty which is being
renovated by the Navy. Minister Abeywardena who visited the Delft Island
explored the possibility of promoting tourism in the island. The
Government aims to provide electricity to 95 percent of the people in
the North by January. Minister Abeywardena held discussions with the
business community during his visit to the North.
The Government has given high priority to rebuild infrastructure
including access roads, electricity, irrigation, water, market
facilities, public parks, sewerage and waste water disposal systems to
boost the economy in the Northern province, the Minister said.
The Minister said that Rs. 428 million had been invested in the North
to set up four projects providing 419 job opportunities from 1995 to
2005, while Rs. 66,712 million had been invested on 26 projects in the
North providing 4,833 job opportunities, from 2005 to 2013.
The Government has made huge investments in the North this year.
Under the Uthuru Wasanthaya program Rs. 8,865.33 million was invested
in the North from 2009 to 2012. The total investments in the North were
Rs. 12,296.78 million, the Minister said.