Sri Lanka should trim corruption and modernise education to go forward: US envoy

June 07, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s should trim redundant ministries, increase wages for senior officials and be more transparent to help propel the country forward, the US envoy in Colombo said. The CIMA business leaders’ summit will discuss how good, mediocre or bad companies can make the leap to be great companies. “Reduce the number of ministries with overlapping responsibilities,” Robert Blake, US ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives said at the business leaders’ summit organized by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

“So there is one ministry clearly responsible for achieving results within his or her area of responsibilities.”

Transparency

He said higher salaries for senior government officials would curb corruption since they would not seek other ways to supplement their meager income.

Blake says the government’s culture must change to one which would enrich the younger generation in knowledge and experience from one where young talent joins government, just to serve the country.

Greater government transparency will also be a positive force in propelling the country forward.

“The global trend toward e-government should be encouraged