Picking Up Lost Time

Spearheaded by the Labour Ministry, the initiative will be in the form of a five-year rolling plan, a draft policy of which has already been drawn up.

rnrnSponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the policy will be managed and implemented by the Labour Ministry.

rnrnAt a productivity growth rate of three percent per annum, Sri Lanka ranks itself in a relatively low position in terms of national productivity amongst other countries in the region.

rnrnldblquote As global competition increases, the need has emerged for Sri Lanka to not only find ways to grow through improved productivity but to also extend that growth outside of Colombo
dblquote , Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday at workshop on productivity.

rnrnBroadly, the basis of the proposed plan is to boost economic growth, improve living standards, social stability and labour-management relations through a clear-cut policy on productivity improvement.

rnrnKey areas identified are issues rela