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Lankan govt asks Tamil diaspora to invest in northern areas

world Updated: Feb 05, 2010 15:35 IST

Inviting the Tamil diaspora to invest in the war-ravaged north, Sri Lankan government on said it is in the process of setting up a consulate office in Jaffna to open the region to the outside world.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama appealed to the Tamil diaspora to make large investments in the Northern Province following the defeat of the LTTE last year.

Authorities "are now in the process of setting up a Consulate office in the Jaffna library," an official statement said.

It noted Bogollagama's recent statement during a visit to the city that "entire northern areas will be open to the outside world with the setting up of a consulate office in Jaffna."

"This will in return help the Tamil diaspora to enhance connectivity with the Northern Province and its people without any hindrance," the minister was quoted as saying.

He said the government has identified several areas including tourism, fisheries and agriculture to develop and improve the living standards of people in the region and Jaffna district.

Further, Jaffna will become the focal point for technology transfer vital for connectivity within and outside world, he said.

The minister said that infrastructure facilities in northern districts will be improved to attract investment not only from Tamil diaspora but also from other countries.