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Sri Lanka President, Maithripala Sirisena last week visited De La Rue Lanka Pvt Ltd to mark the 30th anniversary of the joint venture between the Government of Sri Lanka and De La Rue, the leading global identity business. De La Rue supplies currency, passports and tax stamps to over 140 countries globally. The government holds a 40% share in the joint venture, which employs over 300 people in the region.

The President was joined at the factory by the British High Commissioner, James Dauris, and the Chief Executive of De La Rue, Martin Sutherland.  Together they met key members of staff and toured the facility, which produces 1 billion high quality currency notes a year for the Central Bank of Sri Lanka as well as currencies fo ra significant number of (30) other countries around the world.

Speaking at the event, De La Rue Lanka’s Chief Executive, Martin Sutherland, commented: “We are delighted to have been working with the government and people of Sri Lanka for the last 30 years. Earlier this year, we announced that we have also chosen this site to be one of the three key international centres of excellence for global bank note production, together with Gateshead in the UK and Nairobi in Kenya.  As a result we will be investing locally to upgrade equipment, technology and skills to further enable De La Rue Lanka to compete effectively on a global scale. We look forward to our partnership going from strength to strength in the future.”