The agreement was reached following the recent visit to Hambantota by the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang.
The Ambassador had visited Hambantota and later held an on-the-spot meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the construction of the Sri Lanka-China Industrial Zone.
During the meeting, the two sides deeply explored the allocation of land in the industrial zone area, progress in the construction of the industrial zone and envisagement of Chinese enterprises.
The Chinese Embassy said that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe welcomed Chinese enterprises to invest in the southern areas and also discussed matters raised by China on the need for more land.
The Prime Minister spoke on the need to establish a Sri Lanka-China Joint Committee, build a new city and carry out vocational and technical training in the industrial zone.
He also initiated the idea of establishing the “Colombo-Kandy-Hambantota Corridor” by linking the Colombo Port City, Hambantota Habour, Bandaranaike International Airport and Mattala International Airport.
Ambassador Yi appreciated the Prime Ministers participation at the meeting, and expressed China’s determination to support and take part in the establishment of a Sri Lanka-China Joint Committee.
The Ambassador also backed a new city construction and vocational and technical training. He emphasized that the Hambantota industrial zone was an industry zone of both countries with comprehensive and multiple functions, which had great significance for the cooperation between both countries and the development of Sri Lanka.
He said there was no doubt the industrial zone would promote the all-around development of Sri Lanka in the near future. The Ambassador also requested Chinese enterprises to advance the projects on time with good quality. (Colombo Gazette)