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Sri Lanka starts industrial zones in remote areas amid labour shortfalls
03 Jul, 2014 15:33:28
July 03, 2014 (LBO) - Sri Lanka is opening a industrial zones in rural areas as key export industrial zones near the capital Colombo is facing labour shortages amid overall decline in unemployment.
Investment promotion minister Lakshman Abeywardene said key industrial zones in Katunanayake, Biyagama and Seethwaka were facing shortfalls of workers between 12,000 to 15,000.

"We believe that boarding fees that have to be paid by worker who come from other areas is deterring them," minister Abeywardene told reporters in Colombo.

"By taking the factories to the villages we will be able to get the labour."

The minister said road infrastructure has been built and power supply has been provided which has made it attractive for investors to set up industries in more rural areas. The zones will also come with environmental safeguards.

He said already land in a zone in Hambantota has been allotted for industries.

A zone was being planned in Puttalam in the North West and in Kilonochchi in the North which was a war zone until 2009.

He said land had been acquired in Hambantota to set up more zones and there was a also a possible location in Anuradhapura where 1,300 acres were available.

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