BOI comprised of highly respected professionals: Malik

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Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama today said the Board of Directors of the Board of Investment (BOI) comprised of highly respected professionals, who functioned with utmost responsibility and Integrity.

Issuing a statement, he said the news reports which cast aspersions on the conduct of the BOI Board of Directors are irresponsible and factually Incorrect.

“I categorically reject these baseless allegations made in those news Items. The Board comprised of honourable people who sought to bring back professionalism into the institution and guide the country's investment facilitation and promotion activities. From all reports I have received, the staff of the institution as well as genuine investors have appreciated their professional conduct. Thanks to the investment policies of the government and the efforts of the BOI, the value of the projects approved in 2018 exceeds US$ 18 Billion. Realized FDI Inflows in 2017 was also a record US$ 1.9 Billion. Misleading media reports would erode Investor sentiment at a time when much progress is being achieved,” Minister Samarawickrama said.

  Comments - 29

  • Dee Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:47 PM

    No worries. Now we will see a new bunch appointed who's main task would be to prepare for 2020 election.

    Suda Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:49 PM

    Malik, we know who you are ? And what you up to? Will you ever tell the people appointed by you is unprofessional. Now it is almost the 4th year. What have all done to the economy. It is a fact that the government who is coming to power is responsible to rectify issues in the country. With knowing well the corruptions of the previous regime you all came power and always pointing fingers at them. If you cant resolve the issues why you all have taken the power. It is a universal truth that any government who comes to power are getting power by knowing the difficulties the country is going to face. They can point fingers after solving issues of the country and cant demand the cause is caused by the previous regime.

    Chams Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:07 PM

    Suda, It is simple. All politicians come to power with the sole objective of improving the living standards of their beloved countrymen. Nothing but that!

    Anthony Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:57 PM

    Any Political Party will never be successful in our Country. Never think that the Country has gone to the Dogs the Dogs are in our Country and its a shame on you all.

    Karu Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:01 PM

    Crap. FDI in figures don't help. For what they were and what benefits to the country that matters. Out going IMF chief Koshi Mathai remarked that import substitute industries are a failuire in all countries. Yet tariff structure was adjusted to facilitate local industries for foreigners. Indians say our guys would sign any papers if taken care.

    Doug Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:06 PM

    Then why did they get sacked ?

    Bala Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:07 PM

    So ****** campaign against UNP has borne fruit. HE the Prez may have been taken for a ride by them.

    Unchikun Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:11 PM

    I know who you are and you know who I am. Your father was a highly respected government servant. I spent a few day in Jaffna at his place when was he the government agent. He will be very sad, had he lived to see the plight you have got into. “Asewanacha Balanan Pandithanancha Sevana (associate with those with wisdom)”.

    sachith Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:13 PM

    "Horage thaththagen pena ahuwa wage"

    Lalu Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:36 PM

    What professionalism is needed to sell out prime land and state properties to foreigners.

    Ram Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:45 PM

    ************ BOI is the first entity that can bring in FDI's...what FDI has come in to SL for the last 3 years.....One buys chairs for 650K, one builds toilets for 6 mil, one fixes air freshers for 30 million. another a car for 50 million, one tries to get 10% commission and entire group of stoogies trying to compensate LTTE......even during the war i never thought of migrating because i loved my motherland...but these jokers have made it worst than the war time for us....

    senaa Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:50 PM

    Me too the same,better even leave on a raft,leaving the country to this miserable rogus

    S.P. Ramkumar Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:46 PM

    Board of investment can do nothing because Government have to solve its own promise with UN humanright council,and do real reconciliation, without doing those responsibilities, private investors won't invest here because no one can ensure political stability. Second thing is courrupted system, we all remember CEO of President office was arrested recently. Central Bank bond scam. Changing BOI officers is not going to help.

    DHA Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:25 PM

    Professionals ?? Sadly nowadays they are the ones robbing the nation they know there is no future in this country these days and they know how to complete the job without getting caught !!!

    HONORABLE ! ! - my foot. Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:54 PM

    "The Board comprised of honourable people ..." - the first ting we citizens should do is stop calling the bunch in parliament - HONORABLE. they are just there to feather their own nests.

    Harini Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:40 PM

    You said it brother! That IS the problem with our country, I agree. We are so servile as a people, we accord "honourable" to fools in parliament, so called professions like medical doctors and lawyers. All three are really the scum of our society. Name them and shame them to hold them accountable.

    Dhammika Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:33 PM

    PROFESSIONALS - They know how to ROB and CHEAT in a professional way .

    Mahesh Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:43 PM

    I'm comparing Malik vs Basil. Who has at least build something for the country.

    anon Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:20 PM

    This is good news, the new chairman appointed in 2017 was no use. He was involved in BOI only because he had a political backing.

    TONY Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:44 PM


    Riza Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:53 PM

    Correct, Professional Crooks. They were from corporate sector and corrupt. They blocked projects if it was in competition with their wide business interests.

    Sambo Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:59 PM

    The public does not have any problems with professional as you are the biggest problem and ***** taker.

    MARA Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:58 PM

    You are going to loose your commission ...feel sad... via DM Android App

    Nandimitra Friday, 19 October 2018 12:15 AM

    "Gaha danna ayata kola pennana epaa" What a sad status.

    Jude Friday, 19 October 2018 01:06 AM

    Most of the civil service professionals given time will turned into crooked people!!! Its like most rivers flow to the oceans!!yeah!! The process is very natural !! Huh!!

    RP Friday, 19 October 2018 02:47 AM

    Today the highly respected catch the infectious decease Corruption as it is all over the country

    gamini Friday, 19 October 2018 06:41 AM

    why don't you add this to your statement '...except myself'

    Samson Friday, 19 October 2018 08:15 AM

    Who are these highly respected professionals?

    Gihan Friday, 19 October 2018 08:30 AM

    Malik,The nett figure of USD you quote is little more than the offloading of Hambanthota port. There really has been nothing else apart from your kickback which I suspect is offshore.

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