The Ministry of Industrial Development has planned to provide over 13000 direct and indirect jobs through its Industrial estates programme within this year.
Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development R. V. D. Piyathilaka says these jobs would be provided with the assistance of local and foreign investors , who expect to invest their funds in Kuruwita, Ulapane and Kaluthara industrial estates.
Minister Kumara Welgama has recently inspected these new industrial sites to assist local investors, said Piyathilaka.
According to the Additional Secretary, the ministry is now developing infrastructure in these three estates.
The Ulapane industrial estate consists 24 - acre and the ministry says it will provide 20 land plots for the industrialists.
The Kalutara and the second phase of Kuruwita industrial estates would assist 65 industrialists to setup their industries.
Both estates include 110 acres and the ministry invites foreign investors to set up their industries in these parks.
Meanwhile, the Government of Sri Lanka agreed to provide tax holidays and several other concessions including BOI facilities to all investors who wish to relocate or start their industries in areas other than Colombo and Gampaha districts. The government`s aim is to improve other rural provinces and provide new jobs for the jobless groups in these provinces.
The recently concluded government budget also introduced these facilities, said a government spokesman.
Piyathilaka said the Minister has agreed to provide solutions for all prevailing problems of the industrialists who wish to invest in these parks.
According to Piyathilaka , the ministry has received a number of applications from the investors to setup their industries in these estates.