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President aims at public service sans corruption

State business entities to spur economy

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the Chairmen and Directors of Corporations, Statutory Bodies at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. Secretary to the President Dr.P.B.Jayasundera was also present. Picture courtesy President’s Media Division
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the Chairmen and Directors of Corporations, Statutory Bodies at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. Secretary to the President Dr.P.B.Jayasundera was also present. Picture courtesy President’s Media Division

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, while insisting on the importance of zeroing in on corruption, yesterday said that Government owned business entities should strive for speedy economic growth.

He said that all Government institutions which are not aimed at making profits, should be committed to provide an efficient service to the public.

The President was addressing the chairpersons and directors of corporations and statutory bodies which are directly contributing to the uplift of economy and public service, at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

The President said the Government faced the uphill task of reviving the economy which suffered a setback during the past few years. “Sri Lanka topped the Asian region in terms of economic growth rate during 2005 – 2014. The economy faced a downturn during the past few years, “ he noted.

He also said that cutting edge technology should be utilized for the uplift of economy. “Skilled labour and changes in the education system will help strengthen the economy,” he added.

The President called more attention on tertiary education. “The Government should identify and develop areas which can provide a better service to the people and also help uplift the country’s economy,” he said.

He added that Government institutions such as the Sri Lanka Tourism Board and Board of Investment will have to play a pivotal role in this regard.

The President explained that investors should be encouraged to make investments outside Colombo and suburbs as a solution to the congestion prevailing in urban areas.


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