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BOI Katunayake EPZ clinches fDi Intelligence’s Free Zones Award

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The Katunayake Export Processing Zone (EPZ), the largest zone in Sri Lanka operating under the purview of the Board of Investment (BOI) has been specially recognized for its reinvestment strategy in the fDi Intelligence’s Free Zones Awards 2022, reinforcing its position as one of the region’s leading industrial and free zones.

The UK-based fDi Intelligence is a foreign direct investment service by the Financial Times group. The 513-acre EPZ houses all types of enterprises servicing global brands since its inception in 1978.

FDi Intelligence’s Free Zones Awards 2022 recognizes and assesses the most promising free zones across the world and zones that offer the best investment environments and prospects for business expansion and economic development.

The 9th edition was judged by both the Financial Times specialist editorial team and a panel of independent judges for each region.

In his remarks, Alex Irwin-Hunt, one of the judges and global markets editor at fDi Intelligence said: “This zone has focused on attracting reinvestments from existing companies. Four out of the 33 large tenants in the zone have initiated expansion with a pledged investment of $ 26.5 million and almost 1000 employment opportunities.”

It is noteworthy that the Katunayake EPZ clinched this award in a backdrop where, the BOI is in the process of renewing and expediting its strategies in relation to reinvestment and thereby, encouraging and inviting existing investors to expand its business and operation in Sri Lanka.

Elucidating the reinvestment strategy, the BOI Executive Director (Investor Services) Mahinda Ramanayaka said: “The BOI has adopted four strategies to promote reinvestment. Under the first strategy, the issues faced by the existing investors are recognised in order to find solutions.

“The second strategy focuses on identifying new investors through the goodwill and business network of existing investors. Under the third strategy, non-performing companies under the BOI are encouraged to review their business. Lastly, the fourth strategy encourages non-BOI companies to register under BOI.”

“The key objectives of the re-investment strategy are to increase the FDI inflow, to assist the incorporation of new BOI ventures, to increase the capacity and productivity, and to assist the growth, diversification and expansion of existing BOI enterprises,” Ramanayaka said.

“The BOI also conducts open facilitation dialogues for existing investors in respective sectors so that they could raise their concerns to BOI officials and provide suggestions for streamlining processes.

The recently held discussion targeted the logistics sector where key players in the sector raised concerns and came out with proposals on how they can improve as they move forward amidst present challenges,” he added.

“Existing investors can be considered brand ambassadors for the promotion of investment in Sri Lanka with a vivid understanding of the business environment and with considerable knowledge of the most attractive reasons for setting up projects in Sri Lanka. stated BOI Chairman Raja Edirisuriya.

Meanwhile, commenting on the recognition earned by Katunayake EPZ, BOI Director General Renuka M. Weerakone said: “This award is very prestigious for us, and a great incentive as we are accelerating our reinvestment strategy in line with the global trends to promote investment.

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