Special corp. to handle development in South: PM

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A special corporation will be set up to take care of development activities in the southern province and all lands will be handed over to it, Prime Minister Ranil Wixckremesinghe said yesterday.

He made these remarks at the opening of the United National Party office in Akmeemana last evening.

"There was a southern region development authority in the past.However it was dissolved later. We would have handed over these lands to this authority if it existed today," he said.

The prime minister said the first 100 factories in the south will be opened by the Chinese investors. He said local investors will be given the opportunity later.

"I met some local investors the other day. I asked them whether they could see to it they provide necessary investments needed for the country's development and they said they cannot. Therefore it is obvious that we need foreign investors. We will have to increase taxes if we don't allow foreign investors," he said.

Mr Wickremesinghe.said the joint opposition is trying to sabotage the development as they are aware they will be in a disadvantageous position if the government's development programme becomes a success. He said the joint opposition is trying to distance the UNP and the president but he assured that it is a distant dream as he and President Sirisena had already agreed to continue with the national government till 2020. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 12

  • Giabao Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:24 AM

    Must be to park a few more royalists.

    Rondy Sunday, 26 February 2017 11:57 AM

    Kilo of Rice Samba 80-90

    ceylon Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:42 PM

    why special treatments .make it for whole country.all citizens pay taxdirectly or indirectly. via DM Android App

    Jan Saturday, 25 February 2017 05:06 PM

    RW only talking No Action via DM Android App

    Mason Saturday, 25 February 2017 05:58 PM

    It appears the theory of the present government to set up various Committees, Commissions, and such at the drop of a hat. These are a waste of money and resources, more so when the Treasury is empty and the Country is in dire straits to meet its financial obligations. Why cannot you immediately get to solving the problem. We did exist without these Committees and Commissions years back and did well.Will the President and Prime Minister please take note.

    concern Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:52 PM

    What development is he talking about and for the last over two years we could see what is going on.

    Saman Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:56 PM

    Mr. Priminister, you know well. now the killo of rice 100- 105 Rs, one coconut 70-80 Rupees. For this people voted you? where your promises you told to the people of this country in the election?

    bandara Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:27 PM

    All Sri Lankans better support the Hon PM in finding a better solution to the economic crisis, and not let charge any more taxes like under old British rule.

    Ahmed Saturday, 25 February 2017 11:06 PM

    what is the purpose of all these development when we lose our sovereignty to other countries day by day ?

    Mahila Saturday, 25 February 2017 11:47 PM

    One step at a time and one will reach their goals finally. There are also projects like this for the North, East and North Central provinces started during the last government economic development Minister. Hope they are doing well. They are good initiatives. As we progress we will develop the whole country. Segmentation, will facilitate closer progress control.

    Dan Sunday, 26 February 2017 01:31 AM

    Talk only no action. He is not at all Practical. Always work for foreignagendas. Does not have any feelings about people of grass root level

    Banda Sunday, 26 February 2017 06:24 AM

    Talks only via DM Android App


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