Sri Lanka seeks to promote science, technology, help innovators find investors

ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka’s ministry of science, technology and research will hold an exhibition, “ShilpaSena”, to promote science among the public and help innovators find investors to fund the manufacture and marketing of their products.

“The main objective is to create a platform to pass the knowledge to the general public and to connect innovators with the private sector and entrepreneurs for more business opportunities,” minister of science technology and research Sujeewa Senasinghe said.
 
“ShilpaSena” will have its first exposition on July 19th at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) Colombo.

The exposition will be based on STEM education (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) under four major clusters called tech zone, innovations, job fair and edutainment.

Covering twelve main technology themes, the ministry hopes it will a better and simple way for the public to learn about technology. 

More than 500 innovations selected by Sri Lanka’s innovator’s commission under the program “Sahasak Nimawum” will be introduced to the public and investors through these expositions.

“By making this exposition available for the private sector and for the entrepreneurs we hope to make most of these innovations a sellable product,” Senasinghe told a news conference.

“If anyone is interested in starting a business using these ideas we have planned to help them with their production process as well."

Ambassadors and other foreign government representatives will be invited to attract foreign investors and expand the market for products showcased at the exhibition.

Other ministries and armed forces will also showcase their innovations to protect the environment under the theme of a “blue and green world”.

The ministry hopes to give facilities to get identity cards, passports and birth certificates and search for jobs for the unemployment in the expositions they organize throughout the country.

The project is funded by both government and private sector.
 (COLOMBO, 12 July, 2019)