Most Colombo Plan development goals achieved
The Inauguration Ceremony of the Training Course on Entrepreneurship
Development Using the Blue Ocean strategy, organised by the Colombo Plan
Secretariat, in collaboration with the Colombo Plan Staff College for
Technical Education in Manila, Philippines, was held recently.
Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister Dr. Sarath
Amununugama was the Chief Guest.
Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama receiving a memento from the
Colombo Plan Secretary General Patrica Yoon- Moi CHIA at the
ceremony. The members who participated at the ceremony with the
Minister Dr. Amunugama and Colombo Plan Secretary General
Patricia Yoon Oi CHIA.
Seventeen member countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
participated in this one-week training course.
Dr. Amunugama addressing the gathering highlighted four very
important pre- requisites for the economic development of any country.
They are - Energy efficiency and to be less dependent on importing oil
in view of the sky-rocketing oil prices.
Infrastructure development, especially to balance the disparities
between rural and urban areas.
Pro-active business friendly bureaucracy or public officials who can
promote business in an efficient and productive manner and education and
“This course is very timely and useful as many of the participants
are policy makers who can advise on the right policies and investment
promotion in their respective countries”, Dr. Amunugama added.
Dr. Amunugama also said that “Sri Lanka is not the only girl on the
beach,” since every country is now competing for limited Foreign
Investment in an increasingly competitive and difficult conditions.
It is important for a country not only to have high literacy, but
also needs to have the right skills which are relevant to highly
technologically advanced environment.
Although, Sri Lanka has a 99 per cent of literacy rate and has
already met most of the Millennium Development Goals, in actual terms
only 9 per cent are functionally literate.
Dr. Amunugama commended the Colombo Plan Secretariat for implementing
a useful course like training entrepreneurship development in the Asia
Sri Lanka being the host country, has also immensely benefited from
the Colombo Plan since its inception in 1951, Dr. Amunugama said and
added he hopes Colombo Plan will continue to play a significant role in
the development of its member countries in the years to come.
The Colombo Plan Secretary-General Patricia Yoon-Moi CHIA in her
welcome address said that, this is the first joint programme organised
by the Colombo Plan Secretariat and the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC),
This is also the first of such programme which is implemented by the
programme for Private Sector Development (PPSD) aimed at
In addition this is also the first time the Colombo Plan PPSD is
implementing such a programme in Colombo, Sri Lanka for our developing
Among those present were Malaysia High Commissioner Rosli Ismail,
Myanmar Ambassador U Tin Oo Lwin, Thailand Ambassador Thinakorn Kanasuta,
Bangladesh High Commission Third Secretary Akram Uddin Ahammad, Nepal
Embassy Second Secretary Suresh Adhikari and Consul of the
Consulate-general of the Philippines Terrance Perera.