Lanka moots quality, skilled labour


Lanka moots quality, skilled labour

Investment fund account to be created:

Sri Lanka is looking for a high wage labour economy in the future
where productivity will be the key factor.


Dr P B Jayasundera

Treasury Secretary Dr P B Jayasundera said quality labour will be
provided in a professional manner to the international labour market in
the future with value addition. “Then higher salaries could be demanded
and there won’t be any semi-skilled labour after that,” he said.

He was delivering the keynote address on ‘Sri Lanka beyond 2011,and
the industry’s role for a knowledge economy’ at the Sri Lanka
Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM ) Cheif
Information Officer(CIO) Council Meeting at the Cinnamon Grand
yesterday.

Dr Jayasundara said Sri Lanka has been resilient under extremely
difficult situations for over 20 years and now it is evolving with the
service sector therefore it needs to join the transformation rapidly
towards knowledge economy.

An investment fund account will be created shortly to support the
industry. The pharmaceutical sector must link to the knowledge economy
and encourage foreign investment on essential drugs.

Elaborating on the growth of all sectors such as tourism,
agriculture, apparel, tea and rubber he said the private sector must
lead and initiate looking at all aspects such as productivity and market
where the government will facilitate them. Mphasis Regional Director
George Manuelpillai said Sri Lanka has a rich and untapped employable
talent pool, strong infrastructure and a great attitude to work with.
The sustained coalition of all these attributes has already proven to
provide unmatched service to the global clientele.

Mphasis investment in Sri Lanka is a testimony to its commitment to
the development of the country’s IT landscape and he hoped the
partnership will fuel their growth in emerging markets.

SLASSCOM Board Member and IFS South Asia Vice President Jayantha De
Silva said any industry must have cooperation between the industry
layer, represented by SLASSCOM, and the operational layer represented by
the Chief Information Officers as they are the people who put the model
into action and thus it is very important to work closely with them. The
Government is also another important layer in the IT-BPO industry,” he
said.

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