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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Sri Lanka comparatively backward and failed to develop technologically

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 25 August, ( Sri Lanka is faced with problems - largely the problems of poverty and because we are a poor country, we are facing problems of unemployment, malnutrition and even the Conflict Situation in the country could be traced to poverty and lack of employment, said Prof Tissa Witharana, Minister of Science and Technology addressing the press briefing held at Hotel Galadari to announce the holding of the “Techno 2008” to be held from 17th to 19th October, at the BMICH.

‘Techno 2008,’ is organized by the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka and it is being held for the 23rd consecutive year.

He said that Sri Lanka is reduced to a poor country in comparative terms of the progress that has been achieved by countries like Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, China and India. He said that basically Sri Lanka is technologically backward and failed to take advantage of such global developments.

The main mission behind ‘Techno 2008,’ is to portray the country’s multi-disciplinary engineering talents to drive Sri Lanka into technological excellence for evolutionary uplifting of the living conditions and prosperity of the people.

‘Techno 2008,’ this year comes out with a number of special segments such as ‘Vidatha’ in association with the Ministry of Science and Technology; Robot Competition in association with young members of IESL; Junior Inventors area in association with JIY committee of IESL; Sri Lankan Zone in association with Mawbima Lanka Foundation and Transport and Logistic Sector in association with Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport.

He said that Sri Lanka has been in a deep slumber and for the last 30 years the country has solicited foreign investment with the hope that with investment the technological innovations would also reach the country, but as things are it has been a failure. Therefore it is incumbent for the local scientists and engineers to innovate their own technologies to suit the country’s development strategies, and cautioned that it is the only way out to keep pace with the other developed world. He said that this would be the last chance available to the country.

He warned the country that to emerge out of this situation, there should be rapid economic growth in the country. He said “We have to develop our economy in the context of severe competition, very specifically with the developed countries and also with the rapidly developing, emerging countries”.

Looking at the gap between the rich and the poor countries, he said that really the technology has been the deciding factor and to emerge from poverty the country has to face this challenge and to meet this challenge the prime task is to generate technology which largely will be value addition to our natural resources and agricultural resources and also the maximum use of human resources.

He said that means that the country should be industrialized and to industrialize they have to have the most modern technology.

Referring to how technological innovations helped poor countries to turn prosperous, Prof Vitharana said that Korea developed Micro Electronics combined with ICT and Taiwan and Singapore did the same thing. He said that China is making use of bio-technology and Sri Lanka could progress with Nano-technology and in fact most of the scientists involved in this technology in some developed countries are Sri Lankans. He said that some of these Sri Lankans are willing to help the country to develop this technology.

He complemented the Institution of Engineers for its achievements and expressed hope that IESL could be of immense use in the development of new technologies to suit the country’s development strategy.

- Asian Tribune -

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