A number of Sri Lankan experts, including academics and professionals, who left the country had returned recently and more experts would hopefully follow them in the near future, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.
Addressing a ceremony held to launch the construction of the Techno City at Mahahena in Homagama, the Premier said he had invited Sri Lankan experts to return, not alone, but with their colleagues.
“We should utilise human resources to the utmost. Today, the US knows that China has the biggest GDP for a country. That is why the US is recruiting people with expertise to face this growing threat. We, too, should fortify ourselves with knowledge by retaining local experts in the country,” he said.
He went on to note that the pace of development of a country depends on its development in the field of science and technology -- and that ‘Techno City’ would become a centre in the endeavour to strengthen Sri Lanka's citizens with knowledge.
“This move, without a doubt, will become one of the milestones in the political and economic history of Sri Lanka. Science and technology should not be limited to one stream of subjects, all should acquire a knowledge of science,” he said.
Techno City was launched under the first phase of the Megapolis Development Plan by the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry.
The Prime Minister launched the project on the invitation of Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and in the presence of Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha.
At the launch, the premier declared open SLINTEC, the Technology Incubation Centre. Foundation stones were laid to construct a National Science Centre and a Satellite Centre in the city. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 21
Chux Friday, 23 September 2016 10:48 AM
Firstly pls recognize experts who never left our country we know you always like people who hardly contributes to the nation during the bad times
Maya Friday, 23 September 2016 11:03 AM
Many will not as long as JO and white vans threats of the future exists!
Expat Friday, 23 September 2016 11:08 AM
Relax regulations to enable free flow of foreign currency and reward us properly and we shall return.
Silva Friday, 23 September 2016 11:19 AM
Also Please help and work with the local Sri Lankans who are reaching out to the government to play an active part in developing the nation.
Sharon Friday, 23 September 2016 11:33 AM
Hats off Chux. Well said
Pillai Friday, 23 September 2016 01:41 PM
Well said. Most of the expats reluctant to return to the country. This is like keep two bull dogs at the entrance of your house and invite peoples come.inside the house. First chase the dogs (jo) ( no hidden deals here pls) expats will autonaticallt will return.
Day dreamer Friday, 23 September 2016 01:42 PM
Plans and Projects should impact positively on the lives of the vastmajority who live in abject poverty. via DM Android App
johnjames Friday, 23 September 2016 02:05 PM
Not even Indian doctors would come! They are more welcome in the west, same as the professionals that left here!
Ranjith Friday, 23 September 2016 02:20 PM
When they see the appointments made to top posts of Insurance Corporation of Sri Lanka and the Ports Authority by his Government no educated expatriate will think of coming back unless they are jobless or have other personal reasons to leave such countries. Ranjith
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 23 September 2016 02:24 PM
Good. For every specialized treatment we have to go to India, so why not they come here.
sss Friday, 23 September 2016 03:49 PM
Like other professionals will they also live off the productivity of blue collar workers like farmers, housemaids, plantations worker?
nimal Friday, 23 September 2016 04:28 PM
all expats are withdrawing their money (foreign) they invested in Sri Lanka because of the poor economic policies and high tax on the returns. etc.
usaguy Friday, 23 September 2016 04:58 PM
first of all remove the unreasonable fees charged for dual citizenship. via DM Android App
Citizen Friday, 23 September 2016 05:00 PM
We need experts to run the country
ali Friday, 23 September 2016 06:20 PM
Most of the experts developed their skills, knowledge and respect in the countries wherever their migrated to, SL gave them only the basics.
1: Now they are loyal to those countries.
2: There is no surety that Techno City won't be full of idiots who friends and relatives of politicians in the future.
3: A country's political climate is another reason why they migrated to a peaceful country, not just the job and income.
If you put the country and politics in the right track, whether there is Techno city or not, many will return.
gamini Friday, 23 September 2016 09:46 AM
no doctors will come. but indian doctors will come. via DM Android App
ANTON Friday, 23 September 2016 09:53 AM
FINE SUGGESTION SIR, OK ...... WE'LL START WITH EXPERT POLITICIANS.
sphkl Friday, 23 September 2016 10:00 AM
More planning to go sir and leave all the best enjoyment for the MPs and you ...u can eat live out yr lifes..
kan Friday, 23 September 2016 10:02 AM
Whether you request them to return or not, they have to come back to their country since many have become job -less due to present economic conditions of ME and some more countries.
Premalal Friday, 23 September 2016 10:03 AM
Unless the current inward looking policies are changed, the expatriate Sri Lankans from the 3rd generation would be lost. It is time we treat people of Sri Lankan heritage as Sri Lankans.
Bud in Oz Friday, 23 September 2016 10:37 AM
Expats will return to Sri Lanka when you create a free and law abiding society.
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