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Aid world hypocritical - Deputy Minister Amunugama

Sri Lanka has taken a very sincere effort to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sri Lanka will be a recognized case study for the world in connection with successfully achieving economic development, Finance Deputy Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama said.

Deputy Minister Amunugama said the ‘aid world’ is full of hypocrisy. World aid of five donors mainly goes to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Vietnam but hardly goes to the African region and the rest of the developing countries.

Dr Amunugama was addressing the gathering after launching the Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2008-09 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo yesterday. He said in Sri Lanka there had been initiatives to improve maternal and child- care even before the independence. The country had excellent records in those areas since then. Sri Lanka can be proud of achieving several MDGs and now in the path of achieving rapid economic growth.

The country has clear policies. Sri Lanka became an attractive destination because of the country’s high literacy rate. Sri Lanka is now need to be focused on improving the quality of education.

UNDP Resident Representative Neil Buhne said that Sri Lanka is in the forefront of the MDG agenda, having already achieved several of the MDGs, especially in the health and education sectors.

The UN system in Sri Lanka fully supports to achieve MDGs and the Mahinda Chintana has clearly specified the Government’s commitment towards the achievement of MDGs for all people.

Institute of Policy Studies Executive Director Dr Saman Kelegama said that although Sri Lanka has a very high literacy rate some Sri Lankan women go abroad to work as housemaids. They cannot understand questions asked in the embarkation card and can’t fill it properly. More girls are in higher education than boys but unemployment among educated women are high. Those are the areas we should pay attention. Women’s participation in politics is low in Sri Lanka.

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