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Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment launches five-year ‘strategic’ plan to attract investment

Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment launches five-year ‘strategic’ plan to attract investment

The Morning: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) presented a five-year strategic plan with the expectation of attracting sustainable foreign direct investment (FDI) to Sri Lanka.
A virtual round table titled “Investment Facilitation for Development: How Asian and Pacific Economies will Benefit” was held on 19 May in Bangkok, Thailand, jointly implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), during which the framework of the Investment Facilitation for Development project, the strategic plan for FDIs, was presented.
Speaking on the theme of “Which investment facilitation measures are most important”, BOI Sri Lanka Director General Renuka Weerakone stated: “The BOI recently launched its strategic framework for the next five years, which presents a strategic approach in targeting and securing significantly higher levels of quality and sustainable foreign direct investment (FDI) for Sri Lanka, which would contribute substantially to the Government’s economic development agenda by creating employment opportunities, increasing export revenue and developing infrastructure.”
Weerakone highlighted that “within this framework, investment facilitation has been identified as a core stimulator under the overall investment policy, with a view to ensuring an efficient, transparent and predictable business climate”.
Further, she mentioned that investment facilitation has been recognised as a key measure for post-pandemic recovery of the economy. In the broader context of facilitation, the BOI engages with investors from the point of first inquiry by providing detailed information on the investment climate, priority sectors, investment incentives, country competencies, and locational advantages.
In order to streamline the approval process, the BOI has adopted several measures to enhance Investment facilitation including the “Investor Facilitation Centre”, which ecompasses digitalisation of the organisation to handle customs functions more effectively. She also stated that BOI is focusing on facilitation to encourage existing investors to reinvest and expand their operations.
She concluded by saying that to facilitate investors, the BOI has taken various measures to assist BOI enterprises to continue with their operations despite various challenges.

OSL take:

Sri Lanka is working towards becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region. The country’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean, the many trade agreements and trade concessions enjoyed by the country have all helped Sri Lanka’s image as a growing business destination in the region. Sri Lanka’s economy has shown great resilience to external and internal challenges through the years and is once again on the path to recovery after facing the pandemic challenges. Many economic sectors in the country as well as the private sector showed clear signs of growth even during the pandemic and recorded profits. All these developments are indicative of the country’s expanding economy as well as Sri Lanka’s growing business potential. Given the interest shown by many foreign businesses/investors in Sri Lanka, interested businesses/investors could explore the opportunities in the country.

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