Dismiss Notice
Welcome to IDF- Indian Defence Forum , register for free to join this friendly community of defence enthusiastic from around the world. Make your opinion heard and appreciated.

Sri Lanka bans foreign investments in steel, cement

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by layman, Jun 17, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

    May 1, 2012
    Likes Received:
    Country Flag:
    United States

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka announced plans on Thursday to protect local manufacturers and retail traders by banning foreign investments in steel, cement and supermarkets.

    Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said a ministerial team has been appointed to curtail foreign capital going into sectors where locals have sufficient competence.

    “In order to protect the local investors, it was decided that foreign investment should not be encouraged in small scale agricultural industries, retail trade, manufacturing of steel and cement and beauty care products,â€￾ the minister said in a statement.

    Earlier this year, the government had approved a $15 million Pakistan cement manufacturing plant near the southern port of Hambantota .

    The minister said the ban will not apply to projects that have already been cleared by the country's investment promotion authorities.

    He said the government, however, was keen to invite investments into manufacturing vehicles, boats and refining crude oil.

    The announcement came despite Sri Lanka missing its foreign direct investment target of $2 billion in 2012 by 50 percent.

    The centre-left government of President Mahinda Rajapakse has also slapped curbs on foreigners owning property in the country.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page