Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne, President's Counsel, who in Russia on an official visit met the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Alexander Fomin on Monday (03rd, September).
The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan Maj. General Jayanath C.P. Lokuketagodage on Thursday underlined the need to boost air and maritime linkages with Pakistan so that the cooperation in business and industry could be strengthened. Sri Lankan High Commissioner expressed his satisfaction over the increasing cooperation between both countries in different sectors when he met with the Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt, Pakistan's The News reported.
The Party Leaders of Parliament have proposed to schedule the presentation of ‘Budget-2019’ on November 8.The Party Leaders who met in Parliament yesterday discussed the tentative schedule for the Budget debate. It has been proposed to take up the debate from November 8 to December 8.
Chairman of CAA Anura Meddegoda, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union Delegation in Sri Lanka Frank Hess, Secretary of Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Chulananda Perera look on as visiting e-commerce expert from Geneva’s International Trade Centre Professor Michael Geist lights the ceremonial lamp at the launch of second e-commerce PPD in Colombo yesterday.
Sri Lanka’s business ownership is at low ebb and it should be increased to a reasonable amount Of the working population, only a 2.8 percent owns a business and this is a very low figure in the region, Mission Director USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Reed Aeschliman told a forum in Colombo.
The government’s accelerated key development programmes, Enterprise Sri Lanka and Gamperaliya will have a transformational impact on both rural and urban economies.“Enterprise Sri Lanka provides a range of targeted interest subsidies to stimulate economic activity through private investment and boosting small business.
Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva directed Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) officials to take action to increase workers’ salaries from October 1.This was agreed during the discussion held between minister and trade union leaders attached to the 11 bus depots in Southern Province where workers are engaged in a strike now.
The first group of students has successfully completed the IT course offered by the Ranaviru Information Technology Training Institute (RITTI) in Clappenburg, Trincomalee. According to Army media, 52 school children from low income families representing all ethnic groups in the region had followed the maiden course offered free of charge by the RITTI.
The Agriculture Ministry plans to conduct a survey to identify the extent of land used for paddy cultivation with the assistance of Sri Lanka Air Force, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. “It is clear that the extent of paddy cultivated lands has reduced due to the filling up of paddy lands or using paddy lands for purposes other than cultivation,” said the minister.
The government needs to undertake more difficult and challenging reforms to drive future economic growth and development, says Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera.“This entails improving the competitiveness of the economy, so that the output per employee is higher, and this would be reflected in higher real wages. The challenge remains as to how a government improves the competitiveness of the economy,” He told a forum organised by the Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni Association in Colombo on Friday. Talking about tackling the issue of increasing competitiveness, he said, “it is necessary for economic resources to be diverted into activities that optimise output per worker. This requires a shift of economic activity into sectors where Sri Lanka is globally competitive and move out of sectors where we cannot compete.