Koggala EPZ, a major economic centre in the South | Sunday Observer

Koggala EPZ, a major economic centre in the South

One of the companies in the EPZ, Ceylon Aeronautical Service Pvt Ltd builds wings and other spare parts for  seaplanes. The company is working as a service centre for seaplanes, mainly for the Maldivian market.
One of the companies in the EPZ, Ceylon Aeronautical Service Pvt Ltd builds wings and other spare parts for seaplanes. The company is working as a service centre for seaplanes, mainly for the Maldivian market.

The Koggala Export Processing Zone (KgEPZ) in the Habaraduwa Divisional Secretariat Division of the Galle district became operational in 1991 and its total extent is 227 acres, of which 195 acres has been dedicated for industrial use.

At present, 23 enterprises are located at the Zone, and the main sectors are the manufacture of garments, plastic figures and footwear, aircraft repair and boat-building.

By exporting goods worth US$122 million last year, the Koggala Export Processing Zone has emerged as a major economic centre in the South and an important contributor to the economy. The working population in the Zone currently stands at 14,070 of which 80% are women.The Koggala EPZ has been declared a bonded area for hub operations benefiting from access to the Southern Expressway and it is only 1½ hours away from the Hambantota Port. This makes KgEPZ attractive to investors who may access markets by shipping from Hambantota.

The advantages of the Zone for enterprises are the security, lighting, excellent communication as well as power supply and the availability of ground water. There is also a centralized administrative complex linked to the relevant departments of the BOI as well as other important facilities such as customs, banking, postal, medical and port cargo handling services. 

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