Sri Lanka - emerging marvel of region
determination is to transform Sri Lanka to be the Pearl of the Asia silk
route once again, in modern terms, using our strategic geographical
First part of
this article was published last Tuesday
These are to be attained through rapid economic growth and change in
the structure of the economic to a modern, environmentally friendly and
well connected rural - urban economy that can create better -
remunerated employment opportunities.
Therefore, it targeted to;
* Maintain an average economic growth of over eight percent per annum
to increase per capital income by 2016 to above USD 4,000
* Investment to be increased to 33 - 35 percent of GDP with
commitment of public investment
* To grow at twice the rate of GDP
* High spending tourism to grow in order to generate fourfold
expansion in tourist earnings and remittances inflows, based on skill to
* The share of rural employment to decline from about two - third to
* The share of urban population to increase from quarter to third
Tourism, major contributor to national economy. File photo
The economic framework of the country, it has recognized that private
sector has to play a major role for the development process in order to
attain the projected goals and therefore much emphasis has been drawn to
encourage private sector to get their contribution of 22 percent of GDP
for the 2010 - 2011 period.
Mobilizing foreign direct investment, privatize investment carefully,
diversify the pattern of finance, improve the management and sustain
ability of investment, vibrant financial service and capital market,
macro-economic policy direction are the other policy steps that have
been taken to achieve the growth target for the period of 2010 - 2016.
The Mahinda Chintana - vision for the future is designed to transform
each of the provincial landscape and to ensure that every household in
Sri Lanka will equally benefit from economic development. The government
regional development plan is implemented under the themes of each
Rajarata Navodaya - for the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts
Kandurata Navodaya - for the Kandy, Matale and Nuwara-Eliya districts
Pubudamu Wellassa - for the Badulla and Moneragala districts
Sabaragamuwa Arunalokaya - for the Kegalle and Rathnapura districts
Uturu Vasantaya - for the Kilinochchi, Jafna, Mannar, Vavuniya and
Negenahira Navodaya - for the Trincomalee, Batticalo and Ampara
Wayamba Pubuduwa - Kurunegala And Puttalam districts
Ruhuna Udanaya: Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts
Ran Aruna: development for the Gampaha, Kalutara and Colombo
Districts in the Western Province
Ran Aruna development program is the biggest project and once the
development project is completed, Colombo City will be among one of the
most developed cities in the region and as well as in the Asia.
Sri Lanka has placed lot of emphasis on the involvement of the people
in designing and implementing the regional development policies. Human
resources development is one of the major development initiatives of the
each development plan.
Other development initiatives are infrastructure development,
economic development and development of rural economy.
Detailed micro planning related to these development initiatives is
undertaken with the provincial council, local authorities, District
Secretariats, Divisional Secretariats and land agencies at the
decentralized levels of activity.
Before sum up, it is worth to note again, Sri Lanka is the country
with endless beauty. Tropical beaches of Sri Lanka are the most
beautiful beaches in the world and captivated visitors for centuries.
It has become as industry as tourism merely the reason of its marvel.
Once the country is developed as planned way, real marvel can again be
Once the vision for the future; the development plan for the country
2010 - 2016 become reality, all the people of country have electricity,
telecommunication facility, benefit modern education and knowledge
system, health facilities, drinking water etc and also they are
benefited of the facility of modern media network, Ports, Airports,
Irrigation systems and the natural beauty that the Sri Lanka inherited
were preserved, Greenest island of the world will be imaged, as wonder
That is all our hope.