Great opportunity to develop motherland
The private sector in the country should play a dominant role in the
development of the Northern and the Eastern provinces that were battered
by thirty years of war but it should be initiated by the people in the
area as they will know what is best for them, said the Immediate Past
President, Federation of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and
National Director, United Nations Development Organisation (UNIDO) Nawaz
He said that FCCISL has established regional chambers in Ampara,
Jaffna, Batticaloa, Killinochchi, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Mannar.
These people will know what raw materials are available and what support
is needed. ‘But in my opinion we cannot start large projects; we have to
start small and expand’.
He said that the name of President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be written
in letters of gold as the person who had the courage to eliminate
terrorism from Sri Lanka.
Now the difficult part has been done by the forces but that is not
sufficient as the area should be developed so that the people of the
area will benefit.
The government has many more challenges such as settling the IDPs and
developing the infrastructure, but they have a master plan.
Most importantly there is sufficient manpower in the area and they
are all hard working.
Rajabdeen said that there is tremendous potential to develop small
and micro industries as well as tourism projects.
The people in the area should start the development work and the
FCCISL will coordinate with the regional chambers in the North and the
East so that they are in a position to tell what is available and what
support is needed.The private sector should play a dominant role and
also encourage the diaspora to come and invest. Rajabdeen said that
there is tremendous potential in the area for agriculture and animal
He said that at present there is no opportunity to do large projects
therefore projects have to be started small and expanded in the future.
He said that this is a great opportunity and we should all get together
to develop our motherland.
UNIDO program under the Ministry of Industrial Development has
allocated Rs. 100 million to purchase post harvest machinery in the
Eastern Province and Rs. 50 million in the Northern Province.