Dec 15, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Thomas De La Rue Lanka currency printing facility at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone (EPZ) on Thursday on an inspection tour.
The Premier recalled that the UK-based Thomas De La Rue Currency and Security Print company was one of the companies started in Sri Lanka when he started the Biyagama Investment Zone in 1986.
In the next few months the facility will be printing Sri Lanka's new passports with a microchip, which will include fingerprint, photo and a number of other information.
During the visit, the Prime Minister also inspected the new 70th anniversary banknote which will be printed by De La Rue at their facility.
The Premier said the government is working not only to bring new foreign investment, but also to strengthen the existing companies to face the competitiveness of the market to drive the export of our products.
De La Rue is the world's largest commercial security printer and a leading provider of cash sorting equipment and software solutions to central banks worldwide.
De La Rue opened the Biyagama facility with state-of-the art equipment in printing with an investment of 30 million dollars in 2010.
State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene and British High Commissioner James Dauris also participated in the occasion.
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