The minister was speaking at a business forum to introduce 'ENTERPRISE SRI LANKA' ‘Gamperaliya’ scheme.
The business forum was held at the Hilton, Colombo yesterday (30), with the participation of the top industry leaders in the country.
“The Gampereliya scheme will be the primary focus of the government’s economic agenda over the next 24 months. The first Gamperaliya exhibition will be organised in Monaragala on 16th August 2018, followed by Anuradhapura and Jaffna,” the minister said, addressing the gathering.
“The government is planning a series of exhibitions across the country to take the message of Enterprise Sri Lanka and Gampereliya to the people. Whilst Sri Lanka’s pre-colonial past was one of, robust global trade and entrepreneurial engagement, in recent decades we have recently retreated into a protectionist, neo-socialist mind-set,” he added.
“Our people have become accustomed to waiting for government jobs and handouts whilst entrepreneurship has been relegated. These proposed exhibitions will create a platform to change this mind-set,” he further said.