“I am pleased to inform you that Sri Lanka will take the lead as a prime mover on the pillar of science, technology, and innovation,” he said.
Speaking at the Second Summit of the ‘Asian Co-operation Dialogue’ in Bangkok today (October 10), he said that Sri Lanka looks forward to working closely with member countries of ACD region in order 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, he said that ACD leaders endorse the ‘ACD vision 2030’ and the roadmap for ACD Regional cooperation, with the objective of further building up the ACD’s role as an active forum for dialogue.
President Sirisena said as an emerging economy Sri Lanka is looking to achieve the High Income Developed Country Status. He said a series of mega projects to promote economic growth have been launched.
The President stated that there is a large potential in the ACD Region in the field of tourism. “This 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,” he said.
“We consider that Development of Science and Technology are important features to promote economic development,” President Sirisena said.
The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Amir of Kuwait, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Prime Minister of Cambodia, President of Iran, Prime Minister of Laos and Prime Minister of Malaysia are among those attending the summit.