Development will reach rural areas - GL
The country is emerging from the shadows of conflict leaving behind
the pain, misery and anguish, and the government has ensured that the
dividends of development are properly reaching the rural areas, said
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.
He was speaking at the 105th annual session of the Institute of
Engineers, Sri Lanka at BMICH, Colombo yesterday.
The government is firmly committed to develop the country as the hub
of knowledge, technology, aviation and shipping in the region, he said.
The minister also gave an account of the development activities being
implemented in the country in the aftermath of the conflict. "Today
there is a massive infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Last year,
the country received 50 million Sterling Pounds from the UK for the
construction of bridges. Sri Lanka has received a fine opportunity to
make the aspirations of the people a reality", the minister added.
"Engineering is a nation-building profession. Today, the engineers of
Sri Lanka have received a great opportunity to fulfill the people's
'Today, we open a new chapter marked by expectations and confidence
in ourselves. It is truly a renaissance that we are witnessing in all
fields today," the External Affairs Minister said. Prof. Peiris said the
engineers are well equipped to seize all opportunities at their disposal
to make a rich and rewarding contribution towards the country's success.
"Village schools, roads, tanks etc have been developed and computer
facilities, playgrounds and access to opportunities have been provided,
making social mobility possible. Changes to the education system will
produce graduates who could suitably and efficiently fulfill the
requirements for the sustainable development of the country," Prof.
Peiris pointed out. Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka
speaking on the occasion said the 21st century will be Asia-centric.
"China, India and Indonesia will emerge as economic giants."