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Many benefits from Business Forum on sidelines of CHOGM - GL

2013 Aug 13

The country will receive several benefits from the Business Forum to be held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November this year, External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said in Katugampola over the weekend.

He was addressing the meeting of the Katugampola Balamandalaya at the residence of Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

The minister said a major exhibition that will be part of this activity, will feature 400 stalls, most of which will be made available to small and medium scale entrepreneurs, including those from the Kurunegala district to make their products and services known to international markets. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's forward looking policies in the field of international relations, indicating a timely emphasis on improved relations with countries in Africa and Latin America, have also made possible the opening up of the vast markets of India and China to local products, as a result of bilateral agreements with these countries, the minister said.

"The time has come for the nation to reap the benefits of peace and stability now established in the country, and continuing of policy is essential to ensure the enjoyment of these benefits in full measure," Professor Peiris said.

The minister referred to the vitality which will be infused into the economy of the Kurunegala district as a result of the opening, which will take place shortly, of the Colombo - Kandy - Kurunegala - Dambulla highway.

The highway, which will be a catalyst for rapid development of all economic activities in the Kurunegala District, will bring to the people of the area advantages as extensive as those which have accrued to Kalutara and Galle districts in consequence of the Southern Express Highway, he said.

A further initiative which will greatly assist the farmers of the area is the Deduru Oya Project, which is nearing completion, the minister said. This project will result in irrigating more than 6,000 acres of land in the area, Minister Peiris said.

He also made reference to the fly-over which will significantly ease traffic on the main road linking the Wayamba and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

An unprecedented majority for the government in the Wayamba Provincial Council will not only enable the people of the district to benefit fully from productive collaboration between the central government and the Provincial Council, but it will also send out a clear signal regarding the strength of the government, and its promising to the people, to the international community, Minister Peiris said.
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