Mawbima Lanka to announce how SL can become first-world country

  • 7 May 2008 01:08:51 GMT

    Wick,

    [Why should I ?]

    If you want to be an owner you would participate in the deficiencies - good times as well as bad. Otherwise you stand alone - not as family / nation

    love

    gaja

  • 7 May 2008 01:23:21 GMT

    Gaja lady,

    Thanks for the comment, but you did not comment the statement on top of.

  • 7 May 2008 02:01:04 GMT

    [locally manufactured products and services Sri Lanka]

    Yes! We would be `carting` to work and not `driving`, we would not even be cycling as no bicycles are manufactured in Sri Lanka now! We would not have a refrigerator, tv, radio , phone or mobile phone, no computers etc etc in our homes and offices.

    Put in short, if we were to prefer locally manufactured products and avoid imported products the quality of our life in Sri Lanka would be similar to living in the 18th century or worse, and a majority in the country would be starving to death as people would be avoiding buying imported food items which comprise most essential food items such as chillies, dry fish, rice, potatoes, onions etc etc. Shortages of domestic products would be rampant. People would be dying of illnesses for lack of medicines as most of the medicines, such as even a `panadol` tablet, are not locally manufactured.

    Isn`t it `AMAZING` if with all that in four years Sri Lanka would be amongst the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, NZ, Germany etc etc in the First World!

  • 7 May 2008 02:56:37 GMT

    It is very easy to shout patriotic slogans and pontificate to people in Sri Lanka when you living in first world country.

  • 7 May 2008 03:00:51 GMT

    Wick,

    [you did not comment the statement on top of.]

    My comments do cover your statement at top. In other words, you need to be ready to forego hard earned benefits to become an owner and WORK the system - as I am doing. Otherwise you are only a temporary traveller.

    love

    gaja

  • 7 May 2008 03:23:32 GMT

    India had given priority of developing local industry from salt and clothes to military hard wear since the Independence.

    We have in Sri Lanka an immense potential to develop the local industry which suits our people as well as save billions of foreign exchange. We need the determination , participation , the will and patriotism of every individual. There are things we can produce locally which we do not have to import. At the same time we need to understand that, we can not be self sufficient in every thing. Many things will still need to be imported.

    We do not have to bring reconditioned cars from other countries when we can assemble small cars locally, but the government should eliminate certain taxes so that they are affordable.

    We have enough land to cultivate in the dry zone. Racism should not be allowed to restrict people wanting to improve the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.

    First of all we need to eliminate Tamil terrorism , and maintain the unitary status of the country.

  • 7 May 2008 03:38:15 GMT

    [Put in short, if we were to prefer locally manufactured products and avoid imported products the quality of our life in Sri Lanka would be similar to living in the 18th century or worse, and a majority in the country would be starving to death as people would be avoiding buying imported food items which comprise most essential food items such as chillies, dry fish, rice, potatoes, onions etc etc]

    Ridiculous arguments wanting to import every thing and trying to discourage local production.

    If above mentioned products are produced locally how could our lives be miserable and quality of life go down. Who says that chillies and anions grown by the Northern Tamil farmer is inferior to any chillies we import?

    We may not produce enough potatoes but we still can produce quite a bit.

    We can have fresh fish and still import dry fish from Maldive Islands, there is nothing wrong with that and that does not make us loose our dignity.

  • 7 May 2008 03:49:18 GMT

    Magha,

    [Ridiclous arguments wanting to import everythin..]

    Where has it been said that way?

    [Who says that chillies and anions grown by the Northern Tamil farmer is inferior to any chillies we import?]

    Has any one said that?

    [We may not produce enough potatoes but...]

    The imported potatoe is CHEAPER than the locally produced potatoes!

    [We can have fresh fish and import dry fish..]

    I have no objection but your theory goes against the chairman`s policy!

    What should be done is to encourage local production FIRST develop that area and THEN encourage people to buy local produce. As it is what is the encouragement given to local enterpreneurs to commence local manufacture?

    eg: Jinasena Ltd turned out a hand tractor manufactured (not assembled) 100% locally. The Govt taxes were so disproportionate and discouraging that it was cheaper for Jinasenas to manufacture that tractor in China and import it to Sri lanka for sale.

    A relative of mine attached to the Batalagoda Paddy Research Institute turned out a paddy transplanting machine, there was no incentive from the govt to promote that device due to govt red tape.

    As it is everything needed and not needed are imported into the country. There are no incentives or systems in place to manufacture or produce locally, what ever that is essential, and can be easily manufactured or produced in Sri Lanka. Those have to be addressed first and established before trying to get people to buy locally manufactured or produced items when there is nothing of significance locally produced which a the consumer can buy.

    As things are now, if we try to rely on only locally manufactured or produced stuff we definitley will be back to the 18th century!

  • 7 May 2008 04:05:50 GMT

    [People would be dying of illnesses for lack of medicines as most of the medicines, such as even a `panadol` tablet, are not locally manufactured.

    ]

    [Yes! We would be `carting` to work and not `driving`, we would not even be cycling as no bicycles are manufactured in Sri Lanka now! We would not have a refrigerator, tv, radio , phone or mobile phone, no computers etc etc in our homes and offices.

    ]

    Most of the essential medicines are available in generic forms. So they could be maufatured in Sri Lanka if there is some body who wants to do that with quality control.

    For many years anti venom for snake bites were produced by the MRI.

    State pharmaceutical corporation buy in bulk generic antibiotics and put them in to capsules and distribute. There are now as far as I know localy produce Saline for Infusion by State pharmaceuticals . (I may be wrong)

    Sisil (Cool) refrigerator was first manufactured in Sri Lanka in 1970 ,so was a ceiling fan later . Even Malaysia was not producing those when we started the production.

    In 70`s Upali Group started assembling Upali Fiat car in Sri Lanka and sold it for 99,000Rs. I think there was a Mazda assembled too.

    We did not make TVs of course but Upali group was making Transistor radios in late 60`s

    I have witnessed the local farmers given prizes of Transistor radios made by Upali group in late 60`s by Late President R Premadasa then a minister of the Dudley Senanayake government for their achievements at a state function .

  • 7 May 2008 04:12:03 GMT

    Magha,

    [So they could be maufatured in Sri Lanka]

    [were produced by the MRI]

    [refrigerator was first manufactured in Sri Lanka]

    When did you leave Sri Lanka?

    What you have mentioned is what `COULD BE DONE` in Sri Lanka or what `WAS` done in Sri Lanka and not about what `IS BEING DONE` in Sri Lanka.

    Do you know how many local manufacturing ventures have gone overseas? Why do you think that is?

    Wake up to the present rather than delving into the past!