The growth of Sri Lanka’s commercial floriculture
industry is constrained by the absence of proper Research and
Development (R&D) and easy access to technologies on breeding and
post harvest management, industry, experts said. The potential of
the industry as a foreign exchange earner is yet to be tapped.
The preparation of human capital to face the
influx of tourism should be made at national and industry level as
it no mean task, experts in the country’s tourism industry said.
Today, with the country attracting international brands in tourism,
fulfilling their human capital needs is paramount to attract the
targeted numbers of tourists,
Any increase in wages needs to be linked to
higher productivity, as the island lags behind other tea exporting
countries in productivity, Chairman, Planters’ Association of
Ceylon, Roshan Rajadurai said. The Association represents Regional
Plantation Companies (RPCs).
The Information Communication Technology Agency
(ICTA) with the Ministry of Education hopes to set up 100 digital
classrooms in 50 schools across the country, to enhance knowledge on
the use of digital technology among students,
Sri Lanka recently became the 110th Member State
of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to ratify its
Employment Policy Convention, 1964 (No. 122) which aims to stimulate
economic growth and development, raise levels of living standards,
Energy sector experts are of the view that with
the electricity consumption doubling from around the year 2000, it
is urgent and imperative to go for another base load power plant to
avert blackouts which impede industrial and commercial activities.