Jan 19, 2017

Govt. is without correct economic vision – Sirimal Abeyratne Featured

The previous government lost an opportunity to take Sri Lanka to the riches, and that failure made the people to go for a change, says professor of economic Sirimal Abeyratne.

Speaking at the HE FORUM held on January 17 at Hotel Hilton, he said unfortunately, his hopes that the present administration would take the country to the correct path to development had not materialized in the past two years either, due to an absence of a suitable vision.

Abeyratne found the positives in the government such as a minimizing of fraud and corruption as well as repression, but in the economic front, he said the country has progressed at a very low pace.

There are big ideas but their implementation weaknesses discouraged foreign investments into the country, he said.

Other panelists at the HE FORUM were Prof. Suren Raghavan, Prof. Rohan Samarajiva and Dr. Dayan Jayatilake, while chief guest on the occasion was president Maithripala Sirisena.

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Expressing his ideas, Dr. Jayatilake said what he saw in the past two years was that the country was taking one step forward while taking two steps backward.

He said the modesty shown by the president in taking part in the discussion was a step forward for the government.