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GSP loss will not impact economy

Aug 17, 2010 12:03:56 PM - itnnews.lk

The Government will leave no room for an impact on the country’s economy due to the loss of the GSP Plus facility. This was emphasized to the media today by Minister Dulles Alahapperuma.

The Minister pointed out that the European Union began to attack Sri Lanka as a result of questions raised on good governance by the Opposition leader, Mangala Samaraweera and LTTE loyalists. It was Sarath Fonseka’s white flag ordeal and the statements made on war crimes that a foundation was laid for this crisis. The Minister queried as to who suffered as a result. It is the thousands of garment workers and their families who will suffer. He said that not a single worker will be allowed to experience difficulties by the Government due to the loss of the GSP facility.

Addressing the news briefing, Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena referred to a revolutionary change that was taking place in the airport and shipping sector in Sri Lanka. The Minister noted that on one side, the harbour was coming up in Hambantota. By 2012 the Mattala International Airport will be constructed. It will have a runway with a length of 4000 metres. He said they believed that development was taking place based on a certain plan. He described the Hambantota harbour as a bridge which links the World economy.