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* Well-planned program to strengthen national economy, Minister Basil Rajapaksa says
Sun, Apr 25, 2010, 12:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 25, Colombo: The government will implement a well-planned program to strengthen and develop the national economy, the newly appointed Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa said.

During an observation visit to the new Central Fish Market Complex that is being constructed in Peliyagoda, the Minister said the monetary policies should be eased and foreign investors should be encouraged to enhance the country's economy.

The Minister who was touring his constituency, Gampaha district, yesterday inspecting the massive development projects that are in progress assured that the district will be converted into the main centre in development.

The new fish market complex being constructed at a cost of 1.5 billion rupees is an alternative to the St. John's fish market in downtown Colombo. The new complex, to be opened soon, will give a massive boost to the national economy, the Minister assured. The goals is to make a vital contribution to the economy with the support of the fisher community and the traders, Minister Rajapaksa said.

When completed the fish market complex will house 138 wholesale trade stalls in addition to several retail outlets. It will be capable of handling 500 tonnes of fish per day. An Ice Plant with a capacity of 50 tonnes is also under construction.

In addition, the complex will have a car park to accommodate 500 vehicles, a bank, a cafeteria and banking and communication facilities.

Former Fisheries Minister Felix Perera and other government officials accompanied Minister Rajapaksa on his tour of the district.

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