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Sri Lanka looks to set up new commercial centre

19 March 2013 Last updated at 04:24 GMT

Sri Lanka is looking to develop a new commercial capital in the southeast of the country.

A new international airport was opened on Monday in the district of Hambantota.

It's an area the government is hoping to turn into a tax-free zone for aviation-related industries.

The BBC's Charles Haviland reports from the opening of Mattala International Airport.