Jan 07, 2016 (LBO) – Speaking to a packed house of corporate leaders, government officials, ministers, civil society leaders, diplomats and visiting economists, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe underscored the need for urgent action to move the nation forward, in response to a question posed by Harvard University’s Professor Ricardo Haussmann.
Previously in his opening speech at the Sri Lanka Economic Forum, PM said that everyone should work together to make the Sri Lanka the most competitive economy and the most inclusive society in the Indian Ocean region.
“For millennia we lived by our wits. And we now should build our future on our wits. We all are children of mother Lanka who got together to deal with the last and now we should get together to integrate the economy with the global supply chain,” he further stated.
He reminded the audience that Sri Lanka has a rich history of being pioneer in many areas in the region with free education, modernisation, universal franchise and open market policies.
Delivering on the election promise of President Sirisena, Prime Minister further said that the Parliament will be converted to a constitutional council on Saturday the 9th to bring constitutional reforms to abolish the executive presidency.
However, he warned bringing much needed economic reforms to integrate the economy with the global supply chain to move the country beyond middle income economy status would be much more challenging.