Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI), aside from its usual functions of helping to secure tax breaks and land for potential investors, and even mediating labour/employee issues for the island-wide Free Trade Zones it oversees, has added a new service; that of life saver.
A May 3, 2011, news item titled "Timely action by BOI, Labour officials save CEO's life," on its website revealed that UK national Paul Dixon, Chief Executive of 4,000-employee BOI venture Ran Malu Fashions, at the end of a three-day discussion with the Labour Ministry that successfully concluded an employee matter, "fell to the ground clutching his chest in pain" and subsequently lost consciousness while at the Department of Labour in Narahenpita.
In the account of the emergency, it was stated that Mr. Dixon was "rushed" to the nearby Lanka Hospitals "without taking the chance of waiting for an ambulance" using the vehicle of the Commissioner General of the Department of Labour, Pearl Weerasinghe, and that, after being admitted, Mr. Dixon regained consciousness following a half-hour of treatments. He was then kept overnight for observation.
It said; "Doctors were thanked for making the right decision to immediately hospitalise the patient as a delay could have been fatal."