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* President calls on industrialists to increase local production limiting imports
Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 10:13 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 23, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called on the industrialists to ramp up local production as the opportunity is now open to commence productions in many sectors with the limiting of imports of several non-essential items.

The President has noted that as pledged in “Saubhagyaye Dekma” policy statement the way has been paved for a people-centric production economy.

The current challenge before the industrialists is to win the domestic and global market, President Rajapaksa has observed during a discussion with the members of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Industrial and Enterprise Development held at the Presidential Secretariat Monday (22).

The President has underscored that at present there are several tasks to be performed by businessmen. They include satisfying consumer needs, creation of new industries and introducing new technology to the country. He has emphasized the importance of maintaining the highest possible level of standards in every product manufactured and every service provided in the country.

The Government apparatus is geared to assist the industrial sector. The ground work including the provision of loans at single digit interest rate has been laid. President Rajapaksa said he expects the industrialists to show results by manufacturing an array of goods ranging from brooms to medical drugs domestically.

It is not the government’s policy to encourage imports of agricultural products while encouraging farmers to grow locally. President Rajapaksa further said that as the government moves forward with a steady policy, there is an environment for the farmers to understand the market demand in a similar manner like industrialists do.

Representatives of several fields including motor vehicle assembly industrialists, motor spare parts manufacturers association, packaging manufacturers, power cables industrialists, national marine manufacturers association, metal industrialists, leather industry advisory committee, rubber related products manufacturers association, advisory committee of electrical & electronic equipment, timber and timber-related products industrialists association, joint apparel association forum, apparel industrialists, cosmetic manufacturers association and advisory committee on the drug manufacturing attended in this meeting.

Minister of Industries, Wimal Weerawansa, Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera, and Ministry Secretaries participated in the discussion.


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