Top economic advisor to the Prime Minister Ajith Nivard Cabral says big government is possible despite the lack of Fiscal space. Top economic advisor to the Prime Minister Ajith Nivard Cabral says big government is possible despite the lack of Fiscal space. Mr. Cabral, an accountant, used to be a member of the capitalist UNP.
The Prime Minister is a left leaning presidential candidate who supports a large government role in the economy.
Excerpts from the interview:
Shamindra Kulamannage: How does the Prime Minister, who wants to maintain a big government, plan to make the State institutions efficient and responsive to public needs?
Ajith Nivard Cabral: That a big government is inefficient is a fallacy. What if you lose the best 50 percent while down sizing? The last government tried to do it. Unfortunately it didn’t go through. It would have ended in a disaster.
The fact that there should be a government is indisputable. Governments should support the business sector, the people and other functions.
Making it better is the issue. You need to have better training. There are countries that have c