Sri Lanka dedicated to achieve SDG - Premajayantha
May 17, 2016 05:16 pm
Sri Lanka’s telecommunication sector is one of the most vibrant in South and South East Asia, mobile and wireless Broadband has reached 100% average in the 65,000 sq. km geographic territory of the country, Minister Susil Premajayantha says.
The Minister made the observation at the 18th Annual Session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) held in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to Geneva said in a statement.
He said, “There is a sense of urgency in Sri Lanka today over moving towards a knowledge based society. Underlining that Sri Lanka’s ability to facilitate a scientific culture that encourages innovative thinking will determine the country’s ability to effectively use knowledge for growth, he said emphasis has been laid on developing strong research and development culture and the methods of ensuring quality of research in the country.
He said that Sri Lanka having an excellent track record with MDGs, is confident about making breakthroughs in meeting the 2030 goals as per SDGs. He further highlighted that the Western Megapolis in Sri Lanka is envisioned and conceptualized as Sri Lanka’s Grand Strategy to propel the country’s drive to achieve that status of a ‘high income developed nation’ by 2030. He said Sri Lanka is working on Google’s loon project in transforming the country by enabling Wi-Fi across the width and breath of the country, understanding the critical role that ICT can play in realizing the newly established SDGs.
He stated that Sri Lanka is truly committed towards the upliftment of people’s lives in a fair and an equitable manner, being fully aware of the value of Science & Technology and innovation in supporting an economic transition with a strong competitive edge towards achieving SDG goals.”