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International Conference on Multi-Disciplinary Approaches : Outdated ideology, making SL ‘the sick man of Asia’, says Amunugama

Minister Sarath Amunugama takes a close look at a robot on the sidelines of the conference.
Minister Sarath Amunugama takes a close look at a robot on the sidelines of the conference.

By insisting on following the outdated ideology that the State must do everything, we are fast becoming the sick man of Asia, Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage, Dr. Sarath Amunugama told the fifth International Conference on Multi-Disciplinary Approaches - 2018, at the Tangerine Beach Hotel recently.

It was organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the University of Jayawardenepura.

The Minister asked the rhetorical question “Is it the business of the state to do business?”

He pointed out that even the British Labour Party had to amend the famous Clause IV of its Constitution relating to social ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange before it could again become electable to power, in recent times.

The Minister said that we have to move with the changed world if we are to progress.

Earlier the Minister said that it is a widely held misconception that policy making in government is decided without research.

He pointed out that for instance as far as economic policy making is concerned there is a continuous dialogue between the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry.

The Minister cited many eminent Central Bankers starting with the late Dr. Gamini Corea who had held key positions in the government’s economic policy making. He said that the government also benefits from the expertise of many international organisations such as the IMF, the World Bank and the ADB of which Sri Lanka is a member. The Minister referred to the ongoing rapid change in technology and stressed the need for us to keep abreast of the continuing development.

With this regard to this aspect the expressed hope in the younger generation.

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