Frequently Asked Questions

Public Enterprise Division

  1. Industrial Development Board (IDB)
  2. National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA)
  3. Ceylon Ceramics Corporation
  4. Industrial Technology Institute

Samples of the Scheme of Recruitment (SOR) applicable to each post are available on the official website of the Department of Management Services ( and, prepared recruitement procedures in accordance with that format should be submitted to the Department of Management Services through the Ministry.

Industry Registration Division

  • Business Registration Certificate (BR / ROC Certificate)
  • Board of Director registration certificate
  • Photocopies of National Identity Cards or Passports of the Owner, Partners or Board of Directors
  • A copy of the deed where site is established or a copy of the lease agreement
  • Environmental Protection License
  • Copy of Employees Provident Certificate (EPF / ETF)
  • List of machinery
  • Flow chart of the manufacturing process
  • Financial report
  • Organizational structure of the institution
  • Recommendation of the following institutions is required regarding the product

Not possible. But it is possible to register under this Ministry after confirming that the registration with the Board of Investment (BOI) has been canceled, (Further detail-Contact Assistant Director)

A temporary registration certificate is issued due to the required documents relevant to the product are not properly completed. Once the required documents are completed within the interim period, the permanent certificate can be obtained by submitting with the application MI / IR / 05 (renewal pdf).

Institutions providing only services cannot be registered under the Ministry of Industries.

March 31 of each year is the last day to submit annual reports.

Applications downloaded via (Annual return pdf) link or collected from Ministry should be forwarded to the Assistant Director, Industry Registration Division, Ministry of Industry, No.73 / 1, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

Policy Development Division

  1. Concept Paper
  2. Project proposal with a Cost estimate
  3. Local value added calculation report certified by a Chartered Accountant
  4. Request letter for importing Vehicle Body Shell

Project Management Unit

i. From the Project Management Unit of the Ministry of Industry
ii. From all Regional Offices of the Ministry of Industries
iii. From the Enterprise Development Officers of all Divisional Secretariats
iv. From the head office and branches of all participating Credit Institutions (Banks)

For SMILE III - RF (10 institutions)

i. Bank of Ceylon (BOC)
ii. People's Bank
iii. Regional Development Bank (RDB)
iv. National Development Bank (NDB)
v. DFCC Bank (DFCC)
vi. SANASA Development Bank (SDB)
vii. Seylan Bank
viii. Commercial Bank
ix. Sampath Bank
x. Hatton National Bank (HNB)

For E-Friends II - RF (11 institutions)

i. Bank of Ceylon
ii. People's Bank
iii. Regional Development Bank (RDB)
iv. National Development Bank (NDB)
v. DFCC Bank (DFCC)
vi. Seylan Bank
vii. Commercial Bank
viii. Sampath Bank
ix. Hatton National Bank (HNB)
x. People's Leasing and Finance PLC
xi. Lanka ORIX Leasing Finance (LOLC)

To the project management unit of the ministry of industries, Head Offices or branches of the Participating Credit Institutions (Banks)

Both loan schemes are operating under the following 3 steps

Step 1
Loan Applications received directly or through the Participating Credit Institutions to the Project Management Unit are referred to the Project Operational Level Committee (OLC).

As per the Operating Instruction, OLC takes decisions as per the request made by the applicant. Decisions will be informed to the relevant banker as per the request by the applicant

Step 2
Refinance loan application and other relevant documents of the applicant who meet the preliminary qualifications for obtaining loans will be forwarded to the PMU. after that PMU review this all loan applications & documents will be allocated fund for the projects that meet all the requirements. 

Step 3
After releasing the loans by the Participating Credit Institutions for the projects, the reimbursement applications are forwarded to the Project Management Unit with the relevant documents. funds are released for those applications by the PMU through the Treasury and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

After revealed the reimbursement applications PMU, will forwarded withdrawal application to the General Treasury requesting fund.

For SMILE III - RF loan scheme
Not exceeding assets value of business (excluding land and buildings) Rs. 150 million after completion of the project

For E-Friends II - RF Loan Scheme
Not exceeding assets value of business (excluding land and buildings) Rs. 250 million (high polluting category companies will be considered up to Rs. 500 million) after completion of the project

Eligible industry sectors under SMILE III -RF Loan Scheme

  • Coir products
  • Rubber products
  • Plastic products
  • Textile and Garments
  • Food processing / beverages and tobacco
  • Leather & allied products
  • Printing & Paper products
  • Wood & Wood products
  • Metal products
  • Construction materials
  • Chemical & Chemical products
  • Agro Industries
  • Fisheries
  • Animal Husbandry / Horticulture / Aquarium
  • Manufacturing based service industry
  • Other products (pottery / ceramics / glass / handicrafts / pharmaceuticals / jewellery etc)

Loans are granted for the machinery requirements of such industries and for the working capital requirements will be decide based on the industry as per the Operating Instructions

Lending areas under E-Friends II RF Loan Scheme

  • All the industries eligible for apply SMILE III loan scheme & other industries & services sectors.
  • Industries that produce alternative products instead of environmentally harmful products (eg - Manufacture of pots using natural raw materials such as banana / arecanut instead of plastic pots)

Loans are provided for water treatment plants, biogas generators, paint booth, energy saving machinery/ equipment, emissions control equipment, noise pollution control equipment etc. in such industries.

Note - Lending areas may be change based on the business operations policy decisions of the project.

Development Division III

As per the letter No. MIC / SME / 09/08/01 and dated 09.07.2020 of this Ministry, Exports of Aluminum Dross, Mill Scale, Metal Powder, Zinc Slag and Zinc Ash can be permitted subject to the approval of the Minister.

Services cannot be delivered by this Ministry for the industries registered under the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) and that institution (BOI) should be contacted to obtain its services.

Industry and Industrial Estate Development Division

  • Submission of request by the investor.
  • Obtaining the recommendations of the Regional Industrial Services Committee by the Regional Industrial Services Center.
  • Submitting the recommendations of the Divisional Industrial Services Committee for the approval of the Ministry.
  • Evaluation the project by the Ministry Evaluation Committee
  • Obtaining Cabinet Approval for the New Project
  • Notification of Cabinet Approval to Investors
  • The investor should pay a deposit to the Ministry for the proper reservation of the land and submit that receipt with the following documents to the Ministry

          *Action plan
          *Survey plan of the land - It is sufficient to get it prepared by a private surveyor

  • Letter of recommendation for issuing a lease deed on long term lease basis (35 years) after commencement of industry production 
  • Documents required
  • Project Proposal - Downloadable. Link (project proposal)
  • Certificate of Business Registration
  • Environmental recommendation
  • Description of income tax payments
  • EPF Certificate of Registration  
  • Issuance of lands on long term lease basis for 35 years and granting a grace period of five years for payment of taxes.
  • Infrastructure facilities in the industrial estate have been developed.
  • Security services have been provided
  • Providing necessary assistance to obtain the required approvals for starting new industries.