Professionals deserve more recognition - Senior Minister Amunugama
Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama on Monday said professionals in the Information Technology, Engineering, Science and Technology fieldS deserve more recognition in the country.
The minister said the country needs highly experienced professionals who can prepare society to overcome the challenges faced by the country. “The professionals can facilitate the country's growth process,” he said. Minister Dr. Amunugama was speaking at the inauguration of SEARCC international conference organized by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka on the theme of Innovation, Integration and Impact at Hotel Galadari last Tuesday.
“Often in the media, we do not give sufficient recognition to professionals in the ICT, Engineering, Science and Technology arena,” he said.
Minister Dr. Amunugama said the world is going through a digital age after agriculture and industrial revolution”.
“We need highly experienced professionals who can think of the challenges ahead of the country.
“Such professionals can facilitate the country's growth process”. Minister Amunugama said countries like China, India and many countries in Far Eastern Asia were able to make products at a low cost basically for consumption for the past 30 years.
“They have invaded the European and US markets. The good aspect of this scenario is that many countries, including China have posted a remarkable economic growth,” he said. The minister was of the view that Sri Lanka has made huge investments in the fields of health and education and the time has come to reap the dividends of these investments. He stressed the need of having a culture of science in the country. “We should reward persons excelling in the field. We have to change the country's educational system to bring more and more people to the science and technologv arena.
Senior Minister Amunugama said government professionals in the ICT industry should assist the government in reviewing our curriculum and existing system to create a culture of science in the country from school and tertiary level.
He requested the professionals in the ICT industry to come forward with their proposals for the budget. Senior Minister Amunugama added that these proposals will be given the highest consideration when the budgetary proposals are formulated for the next financial year.
Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Computer Society of Sri Lanka president Mahesh Perera also spoke.