The Government of Japan has decided to provide 8 fire engines along with firefighting equipment to Sri Lanka’s Export Processing Zones (EPZs) in Katunayake, Biyagama, Seethawaka and Wathupitiwala, where more than 100,000 employees are working.
The equipment donated by local governments in Japan will be utilized for the safety not only in EPZs but also in their adjacent areas.
The grant contract for “The Project for Upgrading Fire Units in Export Processing Zones (EPZs) of Sri Lanka” amounting US$ 90,778 (approx. Rs. 14.1 million) under the scheme “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securities Project” was signed on 20th March 2018 at Board of Investment of Sri Lanka head office in Colombo, between Ambassador of Japan Kenichi Suganuma, and Director General of Board of Investment (BOI) Duminda Ariyasinghe.
Mr. Ariyasinghe mentioned that the BOI acts as the first point of contact for investors who intend to set up projects in manufacturing, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, IT related services or another chosen sector in Sri Lanka.
To ensure safety and security of the people in the BOI Zones, BOI Fire Units are based in Katunayake, Biyagama, Seethawaka and Wathupitiwala Export Processing Zones. Every effort is made to provide a secured working environment for a considerable number of workers and factories located within these zones.
BOI received 5 fire fighting vehicles in 2014 from the government of Japan, which are now used in several EPZs.
“Through this new project, in which we receive another set of 8 reconditioned Fire Engines, BOI could enhance the fire units at BOI export processing as well as factories outside the zones. We thank the Government of Japan,” BOI Director General said.