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Gampaha will be knowledge hub – Gota tells Kiribathgoda rally

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa addressing a meeting at Ragama on Saturday. Pictures by Ragama Group Corr. Kusum
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa addressing a meeting at Ragama on Saturday. Pictures by Ragama Group Corr. Kusum

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told an election rally in Kiribathgoda on Saturday that a future SLPP administration will put forward an economic plan that will propel the country’s development through a knowledge based economy.

“A knowledge based economy that will suit developing dynamics of Asia and the world is necessary to take Sri Lanka to the forward ranks of development,” he said. “We have great confidence in our human resources to develop the economy,” he added.

“A massive investment will be made in the education sector to improve human resources in order to create a knowledge based economy,” he added.

“We need to maximize the opportunities for higher education in Sri Lanka which should be the prime objective of our government. A system will be created to increase the intake to university degree courses while more technical and vocational training colleges will be established with the intention of helping the youth who do not enter universities to become entrepreneurs and technicians,” Rajapaksa said.“We specially pay attention to making Gampaha district a knowledge based hub. We will develop the Kelaniya University by increasing the number of degree programmes and vocational training capabilities. Gampaha district is famous for traditional Ayurveda medicine and plans are afoot to upgrade the status of the Wickramaarachchi Ayurveda Institute, Gampaha, to the university level. We will focus on ayurveda tourism and wellness tourism to make Sri Lanka attractive to more tourists, if we are serious about achieving the desired US $10 billion target,” he said.

“Today, all major sectors in the country have faced a severe setback. We will submit a set of proposals that would seek the development of all sectors in the economy,” he added.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the rally that steps will be taken to provide houses for the people who live in slums on the banks of the Kelani River by relocating them to new houses.


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