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Ministry appointments do not reflect post-COVID economic revival strategy: Harsha

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main opposition party the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) does not see a short term or long term post-COVID-19 plan on the part of the government to revive the pandemic-hit economy, SJB MP Dr Harsha de Silva said.

Last week’s appointment of cabinet and state ministers by the government did not reflect a plan to boost the economy which went negative in the first and second quarters of 2020, he added.

“Based on the appointments, we don’t see that the government has any idea about the completely different approach expected due to COVID-19,” said de Silva.

He added, however, that the SJB does not have a problem with the appointment of certain ministers for different agricultural products.

“But we know we are in a new paradigm. We’re not in the same situation that we were before the coronavirus. We believed the government would give priority to ICT but we don’t see any technology related subject minister appointed,” he said.

During last year’s election campaign, said the MP, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who had a background in ICT said that he would develop ICT in Sri Lanka through the Viyathmaga organisation of intellectuals affiliated with him.

“Aren’t we trying to develop the post COVID economy with Information Technology?” asked de Silva. (Colombo/Aug17/2020)

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