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Employment opportunities exist in clothing sector – BoI Chief
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Apr '10
Employment at export processing zones of Sri Lanka mounted up by around 3.7 percent till December 2009 and more vacancies are still there in few firms, as per the head of Sri Lanka's state investment promotion agency.

A senior official of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BoI) informed that the board invites resumes from unemployed youth for recruitment in apparel sector, and irrespective of the global financial meltdown, employment rate has increased by 3.7 percent to 475,000, last year.

Moreover, the BoI Chairman, Dhammika Perera openly assured unemployed people in a press conference that the board will find them a job, particularly for those who are interested to work in garment sector.

Parera said that the garment manufacturers complained about the shortage of workers in their factories. The country had attracted about $602 million through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), during 2009.

Firms who are enjoying tax concession under BoI, had created 474,128 direct and 3 million indirect jobs and accounted for a 65 percent share in total exports and 86 percent of industrial exports, informed A M C Kulasekera, Deputy Director General.

He further said that BoI export zones cover 1,726 commercial projects, while another 1,496 projects are outside the zones.

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