President speaks of a knowledge-based economy, a country that earns through intelligence

President speaks of a knowledge-based economy, a country that earns through intelligence

President speaks of a knowledge-based economy, a country that earns through intelligence

Written by Tharushan Fernando

17 Sep, 2016 | 7:58 pm

An event was held for the commencement of a women’s empowerment programme at the Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat on Saturday morning under the auspices of the President.

The programme aims to provide training for self-employment and is a concept of State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe.

A group including Hema Premadasa, former minister Rosy Senanayake, and veteran journalist J. Sri Ranga graced the occasion.

The president pointed out that the the highest foreign income to the country is earned through females who work overseas as house maids, while the second highest foreign income is also generated through females through the garment sector – and the next is through females who work in the estate sector and in the estate economy.

“In all these instances, the economy is built on the blood, sweat and tears of the women. This is not good”,  said the president who went on to explain that the country should be built on a knowledge-based economy. The president said the long term plan should be to create people who earn through knowledge and a nation that earns through their intelligence.

“We all may have problems. but stop for a moment and think about the freedom we enjoy”,  said the State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe.

He added that even though the president, the prime minister and even ministers have been under criticism, the two leaders are accomplishing a hard task and that is to continue progress while keeping their parties together. And since both of them are humble and as both of them have great minds, they will take this forward peacefully, for the future of the country.

He went on to point out that the taxation system must be rearranged, because the rich and the able do not pay taxes, and it is the former government who is responsible for that

“They made their brothers, their children and their henchmen evade taxes”, charged the minister.

“…..Through the good governance government it has been suggested that the female representation in the local government level be increased by 25 percent”, said Former Minister,Rosy Senanayake

She pointed out that this has been made compulsory, and through an act that has been approved in parliament, a 25 percent female representation at the local government level after the next elections will be seen.

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