International Trade and Development Strategies Minister Malik Samarawickrama today congratulated former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the comments he made on Sri Lanka’s economic policy.
“Mr. Rajapaksa in his recent statement said India and China are emerging as global economic giants and Sri Lanka also should take this into consideration and work on its economic policy. Mr. Rajapaksa also said Sri Lanka should be made a hub in Asia. Our government also has such an economic policy. Therefore I congratulate him for accepting our economic policy,” the minister said.
“Mr. Rajapaksa’s policy is similar to those of this government. We are trying to achieve our economic goals by 2025 while Mr. Rajapaksa is trying to achieve they by 2035,” the minister said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)
Unchikun Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:39
This is no secret. We all know the policy of the UNP and the SLFP governments. You both rob the tax payers money and also enjoy the tax payers money.
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andi Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:41
Yes, Policies are same. The Only diffrence is UNP can not do and will never do any thing for the benefit of the county and Gota will definitly do what he says.
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umen Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:58
Great comment, surprisingly a lot of likes, normally it's the opposite here
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valuer Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:16
Difference is in the ability to execute the policy -
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Sincere Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:18
High time to come to some sort of an arrangement well in advance, because "You scratch my back, I scratch your policy must go on. After all, all are in the same caliber !!
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Haramanis Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:25
Mr Samarawickrama - all we have to do is extrapolate what you have achieved in 3 years to what you will be expected to achieve by 2025 - the answer is zero or thereabouts!!!
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Unchikun Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:27
See you at a funeral of a MR righthand. You and the Rajapaksa's are good friends. A nice Sinhala saying " the mouth will lie but not the tongue".
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Dee Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:32
Same yes. But you guys are scared of the law, protests, democracy, GMOA, the list goes on. That's the difference. Just do it! Forget about democracy or HR. Or the law.
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Kumar Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:33
How can Gota be an economic wizard. His education or his work in the US didn't point in that direction. The former computer system administrator at a university and the defense secretory who campaigned for his brother while a civil servant, used SLTB busses to move people to campaign rallies free, use our soldiers to rehab the race course grandstand to open his restaurant can be the person be the Srilanka needs. Some people are desperate to start plundering again. Can anybody deny his actions?
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ish Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:40
Which one? This government issued 7 economic plans and policies these 3 years!
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Sharon Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:10
It can be the same. The only difference is UNP has not done anything. But Gota will definitely do what he says.
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Lal Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:11
Is it another way of saying that Gota's plans are good?
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Leo Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:12
Plans are cheap. Execution is what matters. Are you meeting your targets minister? Surely you didn't target to achieve a 3% economic growth and a minus agriculture growth did you?
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xzz Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:15
Mangala said that Gota is trying to put the country into vipath maga while UNP is saying that Gota is trying to do what they are doing.
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kondaya77 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:20
Do not compare India to China,China is a successful financial country,India is better known for it's social faults and raping women with the consent of higher ups.India is a cursed country!!!!
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Manu Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:29
bull shit. Why then country is in such a miserable economic blunder? Prices up?
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Pushpa Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:36
I think you both have already achieved your economic goals.
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rajitha Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:39
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raja Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:43
UNP trying to achieve economic goals of their ministers and MPs in 2025Gota vision is to achieve that for the country and peoplelike what he did in the pastThat's the real difference
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Ceylon Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:48
This idiot is supporter of gota.look at his talk.
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dickie bird Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:49
Policies may be the same but not the abilities
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Citizen A Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:59
Hey Minister.. you all had 3 years to prove the best in your strategies and policies but nothing was done except for causing negative impacts to the economy and you all brought it down and still draining it... you all are a just bluffers and a pack of worse thieves.. so shut up and at least show something during the remaining time.. which I highly doubt. That man Gota has done extremely well in contrast to you all..
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Gummay Baiya Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:03
If the economic policy is the same, then what happened to the Volkswagen plant? The problem is that the UNP are all talkers that also rob the people. Gota acts and make things happen with measurable results, and makes a profit on the side for himself.
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Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:22
Yeah, sure, he got things done because he treated the Army as his own fiefdom, but now he is relegated to be in the limelight by uttering maybe's.
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DHA Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:14
It could be the same but it all depends on results.....Gota doesn't talk much but he's an achiever
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Rubisinghe Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:34
Motives are the same, plunder the nation inflicting misery to citizens and make politicians the billionaires.
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Gayan Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:48
You can only talk while he is a man of action.
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yahiya Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:29
Under Ranil leadership day light robed the central bank. There are no different between Rajapaksa
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Yeti Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:40
What a shame and Gota's not even an economist!!!!!
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Lara Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:15
Nor is putin. What the Russian economy grew 4 folds under him.
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JIM Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:54
Shut up Malik, enough is enough.
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Nilame Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:57
Gota is a productive fellow and he’ll do what he said, at least do something worth now instead pointing othes if not,get ready to have a big loss in 2020.
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Ceylon Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:40
Then gota also going to be fail.
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