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Modernising public sector with available means- Premajayantha

“Public sector modernisation will greatly help reduce implementation gaps and make the public sector more efficient for the people of Sri Lanka,” International Cooperation State Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

He was speaking at the fourth edition of the Colombo Development Dialogues (CDD) focusing on ‘Public Sector Modernisation’ in Colombo. It was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka in partnership with the South Asia Center of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo and the Citra Social Innovation Lab.

The forum underlined the need for Sri Lanka to enhance the effectiveness of the governance systems to keep pace with challenges in the country.

“Sri Lanka’s public sector workforce consists of 1.1 million individuals. Reform is essential as the public sector has a major role to play in policy formulation,” Additional Secretary to the President Chandima Wickramasinghe said.

Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex Prof. Michael Moore further said that what is left is ‘political will and action’ to implement public sector modernisation in Sri Lanka.

“The 21st century has been marked by rapid economic, social, political, technological, cultural and environmental changes that have had a profound impact on communities and countries across the world. Complex challenges including climate change, increased urbanisation and deepening inequalities are taking place at an unparalleled and on a dramatic scale against the backdrop of technological progress. As a result, state institutions render it difficult to rely on systems of the past leading to relevance gaps that hinder economic and social progress, the UNDP said in a press release.

“The public sector plays a vital role in improving people’s lives. As countries enter a ‘Decade of Action’ with only 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), public sector modernisation is a necessary way forward for Sri Lanka to realise the 2030 Agenda,” the release stated.

“The Colombo Development Dialogues is the flagship policy initiative of the UNDP that seeks to contribute to the policy ecosystem and develop contextualised policy recommendations and related knowledge products to ensure that developmental interventions are made more meaningful by being underpinned by policy ideas. The dialogue, therefore, aimed at increasing the capacity of the Sri Lankan government to better understand the complex challenges faced by the country, and the ways government officials can be empowered to provide solutions with human-centred approaches,” the release added.

The dialogue comprised a diverse group of development practitioners and policymakers, also including National Salaries and Cadre Commission Chairman S. Ranugge and London School of Economics and Political Science South Asia Center Deputy Director Dr. Nilanjan Sarkar.

 


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