President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the timely amendment of the Agricultural Development Act and the Paddy Land Act to enable the replanting of cultivable paddy lands and the cultivation of other crops on non-paddy lands.
This is expected to facilitate and promote investment opportunities in the agricultural sector, which is a vital contributor to Sri Lanka’s economy, said the President’s Media Division.
President Wickremesinghe was speaking during a discussion held at the President’s Office yesterday (01) to review the progress of implementing the 2023 budget proposals for investment promotion and the efficient use of land.
The President highlighted the importance of promptly identifying unused government-owned land by each government institution and department, and creating a data bank with the relevant information.
This would enable better management and utilization of such land resources.
He also gave instructions to digitize investment information to make it easily and quickly accessible to interested parties.
The purpose of this move is to encourage and promote investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, allowing investors to identify new investment prospects with ease.
These measures indicate the government’s commitment to promoting investment and economic growth in Sri Lanka by ensuring that the necessary infrastructure and legislative frameworks are in place to attract and support local and foreign investors, he said.
Overall, the discussion reflected the government’s commitment to promoting investment and efficient use of land in Sri Lanka by leveraging appropriate policies, frameworks, and technologies.
The meeting was attended by several key officials, including secretary to the president Saman Ekanayake, secretary to the ministry of finance Mahinda Siriwardena, senior advisor to the president on economic affairs Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga and Chandani Wijewardene, senior additional secretary to the president for strategic affairs and heads of line agencies.