Colombo, Sept 6 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Wednesday said the island country would soon be well connected in the region with the development of its ports, airports and roads.
He further said the island was also in the process of completing its expressways which would connect the south, Central Hills and the airport in Katunayake to the capital.
“Our connectivity has been the southern expressway which will connect Hambantota with Colombo. The Outer Circular Road which will take you around and the Central Expressway which will take you up to Kandy and the Katunayaka expressway which will bring you into Colombo. So immediately there is going to be connectivity between Hambantota, Colombo, Kandy and the airport. This we can assure.”
To unleash South Asia we have to first unleash the businesses. If we allow the full potential, South Asia will be the fastest growing region in the world. It is not so now.”
“Connectivity is very important and you cannot have connectivity without the ease of doing business. Then airports and ports should also be developed and well connected. Chambers now have to focus on a common ease of doing business criteria in our country. We in Sri Lanka have already embarked on this plan.”
“To do all this work together, this is why the two main political parties in the country teamed up and formed a national government. A national government is unheard of in South Asia. Whatever politics we do, it will not affect the economic development of Sri Lanka.”
This year’s SAARC Investment Forum aims to nurture greater economic and social cooperation within the SAARC region.
Themed ‘Unleashing South Asia’, the investment forum has drawn over 250 investors, both local and international, including entrepreneurs, fund managers, CEOs and other senior corporate representatives.