The Minister of Youth & Sports and Development Coordination and Monitoring and State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development Namal Rajapaksa visited Hambantota International Port (HIP) for an inspection tour. The port officials from all departments were available to answer questions regarding the development process of the Hambantota port. With ‘HIPG Speed’ now used as the blueprint for attracting investments into the industrial zone within the port, the minister was briefed on the processes used to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs) into the country. Minister Namal Rajapaksa in turn assured the government support with regard to creating the right environment for FDI into the port of Hambantota.
In September 2021, the total throughput of Hambantota port reached 1.7 million tonnes, which almost equals the total throughput in 2020. In the year 2021, HIP successfully entered into agreements to establish the plug and play ‘park in park’ manufacturing facility and a state-of-the-art yacht building facility at the port. HIPG’s port investment services team is currently in China, holding discussions with investors for future projects.
The CEO of HIPG, Johnson Liu, and COO of HIPG, Tissa Wickremasinghe, were also present to brief the minister on vital issues with regard to port operations and development.