Harvard economists to advise SL: Harsha

2015-12-10 03:55:27

The government is to conduct a forum of world renowned economists including some attached to the Harvard University , to advise on the implementation of the economic policy plan laid down by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a Deputy Minister said yesterday.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva told the Daily Mirror that this would be done early January.

He said these economists would advise the government on the implementation of these policies over a period.

“We are going to consult the best economists in the world. They may be from different countries. This is organised by the Ministry of International Trade. There are economists attached to Harvard University, to attend it,” he said.

Ahead of the budget, the Prime Minister, in a statement to the House, outlined the economic policy.

Generation of one million economic opportunities, enhancing income levels, development of rural areas, ensuring land ownership to rural and estate sectors, and the middle class and government employees, and creating a wide and strong middle class are the aims of this economic policy.

The 2016 budget also serves as a roadmap for the achievements of these targets. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 12

  • dinesh Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:34

    But will the advice put in to practice after hiring such caliber economists.

    Reply : 1       42

    Yapa Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:45

    Our politicians are ignorant of the available local expertise.The problem is our ministers think they know everything.

    Reply : 9       49

    Giabao Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:47

    wow.................. very impressive.

    Reply : 18       30

    Roshan Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:58

    Way to go SL. Wise move!

    Reply : 15       31

    ANTON Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:02


    Reply : 3       16

    kan Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:36

    Why? Are there no Sri Lankan Economists in the country? Have they left the country for greener pastures?

    Reply : 10       25

    Dee Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:43

    Get advise from previous govt. Advisers. They will make sri lankan economy a credit card.

    Reply : 3       18

    Indika Piyadigamage Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:46

    What about the national policy planners? Anyhow these foreign panels will whatever they can to make benefit not to the country but to them, and their policies definitely will be in line with much more liberalizing the economy. Even JR also lunched the Mahaweli Multiperposive Project without considering advices of experts of homeland who actually dedicated to the motherland and depending on the advices of foreign experts. Now the Mahaweli is not as effective as what they adviced and some predictions made by local experts have become true.

    Reply : 10       13

    nihal Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:00

    it is pathtic that the way our poiliticians see the things. Why they cant find high caliber professionals here who knows the Sri Lankan context well.

    Reply : 10       27

    Amaris Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:34

    Days of getting advice from Harvard is obsolete. Their advise has landed US in big debt. Better seek advise from the Chinese.

    Reply : 1       12

    Karu Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:21

    So you have nothing in your head

    Reply : 1       8

    Amaris Friday, 11 December 2015 05:03

    So what does your manifesto on "good governance" say. If you have no clue on whats to be done, subcontract it to others (ask the Americans) ?

    Reply : 0       1

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