Rural Rescue

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

rnrnrnrnrnrnThe rural and informal private sector should step up their investmentsrnand business initiativesrnrnrnrnrnTotal investment inrn2002 dropped 0.7 per cent to 21.3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ofrnwhich private investments accounted for 16.7 per cent of GDP a 0.5 per cent risernover the previous year.rn

The Central Banksrnsay investments was far below the investment of about 30 per cent of GDPrnrequired to achieve a desirable annual growth of over 8 per cent.rn

National savingsrnwas 6 per cent lower at 19.7 per cent of GDP over 2001. Domestic savings led thernfall wit