Sept 12, Colombo: A delegation consisting of 5 senior officials of the European Commission, who visited the Katunayake Export Processing Zone managed by the Board of Investment (BOI) recently in connection to Sri Lanka's GSP + status, has confirmed very high standards in industrial relations, working conditions and environmental quality, the Board of Investment (BOI) said.
The delegation consisted of Thorsten Bargfrede, Charged' Affaires and Head of Political, Trade and Communication Section, Walter Van Hattum, Coordinator GSP Trade Preferences, Trade and Sustainable Development, Nikolaos Zaimis, Adviser, Trade and Sustainable Development, Ms. Elina Laurinen, Senior Trade Expert, South and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Directorate General of Trade and Rudi Delarue, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate General for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, Labor Mobility, International Issues, European Commission.
The delegation was welcomed by the BOI officials of the KEPZ. Ms. Himali Urugodawatte Director (Legal) - Industrial Relations of the BOI made a detailed presentation on the current status of the Katunayake Export Processing Zone.
The presentation featured the development of the KEPZ's 44 years history with the objective of introducing Sri Lanka's free trade economy, focusing on foreign direct investment. Further, the role of the Export Processing Zones within the BOI was explained to the visiting delegates. The BOI services which include Investor Services, Environmental, Monitoring and Industrial Relations were also included in the briefing. The presentation also highlighted the smooth operations among the 88 factories with a capacity of 35,000 employees and the welfare services offered at the BOI Zone.
The visit was coordinated by Ms.Harshini Halangode, Programme Manager, Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in Colombo with Ms. Nilupul de Silva, Director (Promotion), Dilip S Samarasinghe, Director (Media & Publicity) and Ms. Himali Urugodawatte, Director (Legal - Industrial Relations) of the BOI and Mrs. Ruvini Weerasekera, Assistant Director (Media & Publicity) and Sujith Kodithuwakku, Administrative Officer (Media & Publicity).