Peace Process stabilizes after Geneva- Bogollagama

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 March 2006, 20:22 GMT]
Geneva peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held on 22-23rd February have stabilized the peace process, and strengthened the trust between the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE, said Sri Lanka's Minister of Industries, Investment and Promotion, Mr.Rohitha Bogollagama addressing members of the Trincomalee District Chamber of Commerce held Saturday evening in the conference hall of the Trincomalee district secretariat, sources said.

Bogollagama meets Trinco Chamber of Commerce
Rohitha Bogollagama
Mr. Bogollagama, was also a member of the Sri Lanka government peace delegation that attended the Geneva peace talks.

He added that he was visiting Trincomalee to find the needs of the Trincomalee district towards investment promotion and setting up of new industries. President Mahinda Rajapakse's vision is to find honorable peace satisfying all communities and to develop the economy of Sri Lanka that had been affected for the last two decades due to war and tsunami.

Mr.Gamini Amaratunge, Additional Government Agent presided.

Bogollagama meets Trinco Chamber of Commerce
Mr.R.Rajarammohan, President of the Trincomalee District Chamber of Commerce and Industries speaking at the conference. Minister and other officials are seated
Mr.A.Nadarajah, Additional Government Agent (Tsunami Rehabilitation), S.Gunawardene, former Trincomalee district parliamentarian, Mr.R.Rajarammohan, President of the Trincomalee District Chamber of Commerce, and several officials of the Ministry of Industries, Investment and Promotion participated in the conference, which centered on the development of the Trincomalee district in business promotion, and setting up of new industrial estates.

Several members of the Trincomalee District Chamber of Commerce brought to the notice of the minister the difficulties in obtaining loans from state and private banks in developing their business activities.

Bogollagama meets Trinco Chamber of Commerce
Members of the Trincomalee District Chamber of Commerce and Industries participating in the conference

The minister suggested that if the members of the Chamber of Commerce were willing, he was ready a open a counter of the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Bank in the northeast regional office of the Board of Investment (BOI) which is located in Trincomalee town to facilitate the business community to obtain loan facilities from 5 million to 10 million rupees without any difficulty.

Currently the SME bank is functioning in the south and not in the North East region, ministry sources said.


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