Jan 05, Colombo: Stressing the importance of job creation, especially for the youth, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the current unity government's goal is to create a country nurtured with jobs for young men and women by the year 2020 and urged all parties to support the initiative and help the country.
The Prime Minister made this request launching the construction work on the country's largest rubber factory in the Wagawatte area of Horana.
Construction work on the new tire factory by Rigid Tyre Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. was launched today on a 100 acre block of land in the Board of Investments (BOI) Industrial Zone in Wagawatta, Horana. The foundation stone for the factory was laid by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon.
Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister said that the two major parties were able to prepare a new economic plan that help to create more job opportunities for the youth in the country. More mega scale development projects will be carried out in the near future.
"Today, the government is working tirelessly towards creating jobs for the youth," the Premier said adding that it is not an easy task for two rival political parties to work in unison to the development of the country. He emphasized that today only Sri Lanka has access to the combined markets of China, India and Europe for our exports.
The Prime Minister said that the land blocks belonging to the state were given for the investments and more land blocks in Kalutara, Avissawella, Galle, Hambantota and Trincomalee have been identified to initiate more investment projects. The next industrial factory will be opened in Koggala Free Trade Zone.
The Premier said the government will transform the Hambantota port into a job creating hub and several agreements will be signed pertaining to the Hambantota port in the near future. Once all the agreements are signed Minister Malik Samarawickrama will make a statement in Parliament and present all the agreements before parliament, he said.
In addition to the tire plant launched today, Rigid Tyre Corporation will also build an ultra-modern research lab to advance research and development, a plant complex with cutting edge technology known for high performance, fuel efficiency and above all, for its environmental safety and residential quarters.
The estimated cost of the Project is 11.25 billion rupees. It is planned to complete work on the project within a short period of one and a half years.
The factory is being constructed with the aim of earning more foreign exchange through rubber exports. The project is expected to generate 3,000 job opportunities.
The Premier said 75 percent of the tire production at the plant will be exported.
Parallel to this event, the Prime Minister distributed nutrition packs among 500 expectant mothers. Many Parliamentarians including Minister Naveen Dissanayake were present on the occasion.