Opposition Leader and UNP national leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today Sri Lanka should move from its current policy of constriction-based economic development to technology-based development to fall in line with global trends.
“We should move from a concrete economy towards a technology based economy,” he said while stressing that 6 per cent of the country’s GDP should be allocated for technology development.
He said Sri Lanka had failed to plan its economic development strategies by looking at the new global trends. ‘”Every country in the world is focusing on technology development except for Sri Lanka and a future UNP government will rectify this shortcoming,” he said.
Mr. Wickremesinghe recalled that it was he who first introduced computer education into Sri Lanka ‘s school curriculum as the minister of education in the UNP government of 1997 and an agreement with US Vice President Al Gore that allowed Sri Lanka to join the Internet in 1993.
Mr. Wickremesinghe expressed these views at the opening of the party’s social media network office at Sirikotha today.(YP & AS)