‘Transport, a driver of economic activity’
The transport sector plays a significant supportive role in economic
development and it played its supportive role very well. The development
of other sectors are dependant on it, said Senior Lecturer in Economics,
University of Colombo Dr T. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan.
He was addressing the John Diandas Memorial oration 2011 on the theme
‘Can the transport sector continue to be a driver of economic activity
in Sri Lanka’ at the Ceylon Continental Hotel.
Transport provides the required mobility for people and goods, and
enables access to places and markets, he said.
The Ceylon Transport Board (CTB), provides mobility to people
enabling them to access places and services and has had a significant
influence over Sri Lanka’s outstanding performance in a number of social
These are generally considered to be direct impacts of public
expenditure on health and education sectors, said Dr Gunaruwan.
The role expected to be played by the transport sector has thus been
of ‘supporter’ to the process of socio economic development.