Welcome to Srilanka

Sri Lanka is primarily an agricultural country. The chief crop is rice, mainly for domestic consumption, with tea, rubber and coconut being important exports. Other crops of importance are cocoa and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Fruit and vegetables, native to both tropical and temperate regions, grow well in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also long been a major exporter of precious and semi-precious stones. Several spheres of enterprise, such as the fledgling fisheries industry, show great promise and potential. In recent decades, remittances from expatriate Sri Lankans employed abroad have contributed greatly towards foreign exchange earnings. The last three decades have seen tourism emerge as an important industry. There has also been a rapid growth in manufacturing industries, which offer a wide range of export goods such as leather goods, ready-made garments and electronic equipment. Many Free Trade Zones and Industrial Parks have been established in key locations around the island to further promote commerce.

The government has given priority to developing national and rural roads in its infrastructure development plan. This is in order to improve mobility, connectivity, and opening access to markets which has now become a reality.

The Government of Sri Lanka plans to create a knowledge based social market economy and an export- oriented economy as well as the Megapolis in the western province to promote economic growth. Creation of several business and technology development areas specialized in various sectors island wide as well as tourism zones in a planned manner is also being planned.