ECONOMYNEXT – Several traditional industries and crafts in Sri Lanka which use mined natural resources and timber are constrained by ‘unfair’ regulations, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said.
“We will not allow various laws, permits and restrictions to impose unnecessary and unfair limitations on some of Sri Lanka’s traditional livelihoods, including the gem industry, tile industry, brick industry, carpentry and handicrafts,” he said in his inaugural speech to Sri Lanka’s parliament.
Sri Lanka has permits and restriction on mining clay, gems, felling and transporting timber.
Many of the restrictions have been placed for environmental protection.
Sri Lanka’s ceramic industry has also complained that tight regulations make it almost impossible for the industry to mine clay in the least environmentally damaging way.
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