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Youth must keep abreast with changing world - President

The State is extending its fullest support to the youth to keep abreast with the advancing technological developments in the world and excel in their respective fields, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

Participating as the Chief Guest at a ceremony to mark ‘World Youth Skills Day 2019’ at the BMICH yesterday, the President said the youth have to be on par with latest technology to face the stiff competition to achieve excellence in their respective fields.

President Sirisena reminded the gathering that Sri Lankans could take pride in the ancient technology they have inherited, adding that no country has yet been able to supersede this technology that prevailed 1,000-1,500 years ago in Sri Lanka in the engineering and irrigation fields.

“World powers have always been keen in enhancing their military strength than improving the living standards of the people, the President said also commenting that it was the greatest defeat for mankind.

He added that world powers have been using the talent of educated and intelligent persons to consolidate their own powers internationally.

He said those countries achieve that target by spending much of their time and wealth on enhancing military strength, without giving priority to the people’s welfare.

He however said Sri Lanka has not carried away by this trend though being a small country. “Our country can be small in size, but size does not determine our strengths. We have a rich history and we are not second to any other nation,” he remarked.

The ceremony was organized by the Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development and Vocational Training and Skills Development Ministry to present awards in recognition of Vocational Training Excellence and Youth Entrepreneurs. Acting Minister Buddhika Pathirana and Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana also spoke.

The United Nations declared July 15 as ‘World Youth Skills Day’ following a proposal by Sri Lanka in 2014.


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