Sri Lanka to manufacture ships and cars – Ranil
Sri Lanka will manufacture ships and cars in some years time with the help of foreign investors, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.
Mr. Wickremesinghe said at an election rally that a Chinese investor had promised to set up a ship manufacturing yard in Hambantota. He said this investor had decided to come to Sri Lanka after a decision by Volkswagen to set up a car manufacturing plant in Kuliyapitiya. He said the company would also set up a motor engineering training centre to train Sri Lankans in automobile manufacture.
He said the construction of a coal power plant in Trincomalee was in the pipeline.
“We cannot generate employment without foreign investors, and around 100 foreign investors will start projects in Sri Lanka before the end of the year,” he said.
He also promised to set up new schools with GCE Advanced Level science streams for estate children. He further pledged to transfer ownership of the land to those who had lived on state land for more than ten years. He said Nuwara Eliya would be turned into a special tourism centre.
“All these can be done if the people use their votes wisely on August 17,” he said.
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First of all see that our agriculture and fishing industry blooms. Fist of all manufacture tractors and boats. If YOU want to be that advanced, then build a rocket and go to moon and form a UNP there.
Why not an aeroplane manufacturing plant close to Mattala to keep Mattala Airport financially viable.? A tractor assembly or a manufaturing plant should also be on the priority list for the benefit of the farmer community. India our friendly neighbour will help us.
“…………Latest data released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka indicates that in Sri Lanka’s import growth, vehicle imports stand second to all others during the first five months of the current year.
The growth in vehicle imports to Sri Lanka has risen significantly by 93.9 per cent from January 2015 to May 2015 as against the same period last year.
Vehicles to the tune of USD 477.9 million have been imported to Sri Lanka during these five months, while during the same period last year it had been only USD 246.4 million.”
PERHAPS YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD WHETHER YOU WERE GOING TO EXPORT THEM TO THE US AND EU. OTHERWISE SHOULD HAVE TOLD WHERE ON EARTH sl PEOPLE GOING TO BE DRIVING THEM, WHERE THE FUEL GOING TO COME FROM AND WHAT GREAT PLANS YOU HAVE IN PLACE TO TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND INCREASED ACCIDENTS.
This shows how out of touch this man is with Sri Lankan affairs.
We already do manufacture cars; Micro and Sangyong are few examples. Vega electric car is also a Sri Lankan product. Some time ago (in 1970s) Upali Motors manufactured UMC Mazda cars in Sri Lanka, even though they do not make those cars any more after Mr. Upali Wijewardena disappeared.
We already have a ship building industry too. At Colombo dockyard we manufacture small scale ships. They may not be a world class and huge, but that is due to limitations in capacity and expertise. But the issue is that we have ship building industry already.
The promise to build ships and cars comes with a proviso the “people use their votes wisely on Aug 17”.
Well, the wise will bring you know who, into power.
After that, when the ‘badagini’ is gone, we will be able to drive not Micro and Sangyong but Lamborgini !!
The wise, of course, have made up their mind already on who to vote.