Boom for businesses in developing countries - Dr. Hans Wijesuriya
There are more opportunities for the business sector in developing
countries, CEO, Dialog Telecom, Dr. Hans Wijesuriya at the inauguration
of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) National
Conference 2007 held yesterday.
Dr. Wijesuriya, Guest Speaker of the event said: "If you go to
developed countries you will not see any cranes or buildings being
built. So there are only limited opportunities. However, in developing
countries there are things happening, creating opportunities for
entrepreneurs to grow," he said.
Dr. Wijesuriya said this is why he is making an appeal to the
professionals to stay in Sri Lanka and make
Dr. Wijesuriya addressing the inauguration. Picture by Saliya
use of these opportunities. He also said that in 10 years,
innovation and service would be the most sought after products and
professionals should gear themselves for it from now.
"This is the future," he said. Chief Guest, Investment Promotion and
Enterprise Development Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama urged professionals
to be more proactive in using the tenets of professionalism and ethics
for the larger good of national development.
Welcoming the timely theme of 'Creating the DNA of Tomorrow's
Professional' under the umbrella of the ACCA global series
Professionalism & Ethics, the Minister said professionals today drive
business, economies and nations.
Undoubtedly then, it is professionals who must be the change agents,
who are able to conquer the challenges of an evolving world and using
emerging opportunities to succeed.
"Sri Lanka has done well to introduce relevant global legislation in
place and this in return has brought multiple benefits to the country,"
Amunugama said. He said that Sri Lanka may be the only country in Asia
to have been awarded the GSP Plus facility which helps to obtain
benefits when exporting to Europe. "This was not achieved by the efforts
by the Government. It was purely achieved through the efforts of the
private sector which adopted sound labour practices," he said.
Vice President, ACCA (Global Council) Brendan Murtagh who explained
that Professionalism and Ethics are issues that are inextricably
intertwined and interdependent.
"These will remain not only at the heart of this conference but also
forms the core of ACCA's new qualification which is being launched
today. ACCA is strongly committed to providing opportunities to
professionals and equipping them to meet the future with confidence," he
ACCA Sri Lanka President Dilshan Rodrigo in the welcome address said
the theme, `Creating the DNA of Tomorrow's Professional' can be looked
at from three perspectives - the individual, the organisation and the
Government from a Sri Lankan context.
"Individuals need to possess the right attitude to embark on a
journey of continuous learning," "The challenge for companies is to move
out of their safety zones in visioning for the future and develop a
socially responsible business model." he said.