President Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lanka considers that development
of science and technology is an important feature to promote economic development. In this respect he said that Sri Lanka is geared to take the lead as a prime mover on the pillar of science, technology, and innovation. The President was addressing the Second Summit of the ‘Asian Co-operation Dialogue’ in Bangkok.
In his address, the President further said that Sri Lanka is looking forward to working closely with member countries of ACD region to share knowledge capabilities in this area. He expressed confidence that the outcome of the Second Summit of the ‘Asian Co-operation Dialogue’ would bring about a common policy helping to enhance peace, security and prosperity among the countries in ACD Region.
Pointing out that in the coming years, Asia will be the new financial Hub, the focal point for the financial services industry, President Maithripala Sirisena mentioned that ACD leaders should endorse the ‘ACD vision 2030’ and the roadmap for ACD Regional cooperation, with the objective of further building up its role as an active forum for dialogue.
The Sri Lankan President stressed that as an emerging economy Sri Lanka’s aim is to achieve the High Income Developed Country Status. A series of mega projects to promote economic growth has been put into action. The President claimed that there is a large potential in the ACD Region in the field of tourism. This he added could play a crucial role in sustainable social, cultural and economic growth in our countries. Sri Lanka identified tourism as one of the key sectors driving the country’s economy.