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SL to be made a global mega city: PM

7 January 2016 01:37 pm - 34     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Sri Lanka will be developed into a global city that will go between Dubai and Singapore where international trade and movement is concerned, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Speaking at the Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016 in Colombo, the Prime Minister said the time had come to make plans to fulfil this objective.

“Our objective is to make Sri Lanka the most competitive nation in the Indian Ocean and to develop the island as a mega city for the region that will go between Singapore and Dubai thus make it competitive and the time has come for us to think how we are going to do it,” he said.

He also stressed the need for economical links between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu and also with other Indian states such as Gujarat.

“Sri Lanka is the first nation in South Asia to embrace open economy, first in Asia to go for free education and one of the first nations in the region to enjoy universal franchise, “ the Premier recalled while stressing that the country should move forward from being a low income earning country. “ We can’t continue as a low income country and should decide how we could go ahead,” he said.

He indicated that Sri Lanka would have to take stock of the global economic situation and its own shortcomings and opportunities and would convert the economy into a manufacturing based one. Further he said the country will have to look at agriculture and modernize the sector. “Sri Lanka did focus on agriculture in the past when it launched the Mahaweli Development but unfortunately it was not possible to go forward from there,” he said.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 34

  • Flamingo Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:05 PM

    Lets get real Sri Lanka will never be like Singapore or even Malaysia in my 1yr old school life via DM Android App

    politician Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:04 PM

    This guy could have been a sales man.

    Nalin Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:48 PM

    absolutely correct. without finding at least basic solution for flood problem by regularly cleaning drains and gullies, we cant think of future developments

    Ravi Thursday, 07 January 2016 11:12 PM

    It is a good plan. to execute this plan we must do the following (at least)1. Amend the immigration policy to accommodate foreign nations with rich in knowledge and/or money2. Medium of communication to be in English3.Better infrastructure4. Strong Anti-bribery commission5.Any project should pass Environmental report6. Being TransparentIf you think from an investor perspective, above come to top criteria in deciding weather to Go or No-Go.

    chimpa Thursday, 07 January 2016 11:27 PM

    Excellent Idea. There are many things Hon. Priminister have to give attention. Reducing unwanted expenditure such as appointing Ministers which are unwanted and we cannot afford by a Country like SL. Also corruptions, apart from so many other things which everyone knows.

    nuke Thursday, 07 January 2016 11:40 PM

    i think its time to do something, enough bull talks

    Andare Thursday, 07 January 2016 11:57 PM

    We earlier saw the MIRACLE OF ASIAand now we can see the global mega city. via DM Android App

    asoka Thursday, 07 January 2016 11:56 PM

    This guy is a real liar!! We are still waiting for the Volkswagen factory. Too bad majority of people still believe this guy...

    Rajah Friday, 08 January 2016 12:09 AM

    No action talk only.

    kv Friday, 08 January 2016 01:17 AM

    things were proceeding well towads this goal. you came and spoiled it for our nation bec you thought the world will not turn without you!!!.

    Nahil Friday, 08 January 2016 02:24 AM

    Sad that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe does not know that in 2010 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) upgraded Sri Lanka to a Middle income Country. We lost some of the advantages and concessions that were afforded to Low Income Countries since then.Google "Sri Lanka, Middle Income Country" and you will find all this and more.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday, 08 January 2016 07:37 PM

    Ranil macho, give me the PM post.Opposition Leader suits you best.

    Modaya Saturday, 09 January 2016 07:30 AM

    In your dreams

    Rony Friday, 08 January 2016 03:30 AM

    please stop your proclamation . fulfil your election promises , every month you change your mind , poor people are in the country suffering cost of living day by day increasing need any more your proclamation ..please stop...stop..stop

    lokka Friday, 08 January 2016 04:15 AM

    may one day his dream come ..wish him all the best

    ranjith Chandrasekera Friday, 08 January 2016 04:25 AM

    Big plans, big talks. First clean your backyard, animal cruelty, land grab, destruction of forest for human settlement, Political corruption, violence, drug abuse, unemployment, student unrest, and many other issues. SL is living on burrowed money indebted to the world and now want to go between Dubai and Singapore. What a joke?

    Mr.Colombo Friday, 08 January 2016 04:32 AM

    HA HA HA. First he said free trade with USA. Now Sri Lanka becoming like Singapore and Dubai. Promising the Moon. New economic problems are on the way. So this just a diversion.

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 07 January 2016 07:24 PM

    Katin thama, ape wada....

    Rohan Friday, 08 January 2016 02:26 PM

    If you wanna develop the country you need to fix the old and ineffective tax system, Govt administrative system and cut down unnecessary control systems in place now.

    sri lankan Monday, 11 January 2016 05:19 PM

    they got Oil and we got only racism . we can only build vihara ,mosque ,churches and kovils with that .

    ANTON Thursday, 07 January 2016 07:44 PM


    ron perera Friday, 08 January 2016 07:09 AM

    wish you all the best trying is better than anything

    Aj.hewage Friday, 08 January 2016 07:27 AM

    Buddy you can not fix your home problem ,but you going fix world problem very fckn funny baaaa.....baaah

    Lakshman De Silva Saturday, 09 January 2016 08:48 AM

    N A T O = NO Action Talk Only

    l perera Friday, 08 January 2016 08:04 AM

    Keep dreaming RW.

    Giabao Friday, 08 January 2016 03:36 PM

    "kola kada kada boruwata denawa........... api gaha hondahati andunanawa ............. boru chatu epaaaaa"

    simon Thursday, 07 January 2016 08:42 PM

    Mr. P M. First make it happen and then you could make this speech.

    Sunil Friday, 08 January 2016 08:54 AM

    After a long time ,probably since the time of D S Senanayake there seems to be the will and a vision to dream of bigger and better things for Sri Lanka.With the untimely death of D S and the advent of the destructive Bandaranayake era our country went to the dogs.By the vision of one leader countries like Singapore and to some extent Malaysia took enormous strides into sustainable growth and development without losing their distinct identity.Now RW is inviting us to dare venture for a better future rather than relying on selling the country for personal gain,to drug lords,casinos and brothels industry as it was the case in the pre 8th Jan,era.Should we not support him?

    gallage Thursday, 07 January 2016 09:04 PM

    katin bathala hitaweema.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 08 January 2016 09:11 AM

    Sirimavo said it and even said she will bring bread from the moon. JR said it and got overcome with his typical racist actions. Premadasa said it and became the inventor of state thuggery in the form of Udugampola, MaRa said it and became the father genocide, arrogant corruption, nepotism and whatever dirty activity he did it. Now u have come and say the same thing, after u another humbug will also arrive

    idroos2002 Monday, 11 January 2016 10:58 AM

    Go Ahead Sir all the best Rich sri lanka in diverse background. RIchness always in diversity holds true.

    Sam Thursday, 07 January 2016 09:37 PM

    Sir, we apriciate your thoughts and words. But it is not good enough. Atleast start with what we have in our hands, The Port City. After that you can proceed further.

    Don Thursday, 07 January 2016 09:49 PM

    First of all stop sending our women for slavery. That itself tarnish the image of the country. In Middle East Srilankan means house maids and nothing else. Secondly start adopting strict law to combact against begging and vandalism in the city. Go to Dubai and meet the concern authority and learn from them how did they create that wonder city within ten years of after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the ruler. No one has ever in any country has achieved this great leader has achieved.

    Ram Thursday, 07 January 2016 09:55 PM

    Comedy, comedy comedy.

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