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President outlines economic growth targets and legislative agenda

May 13, Colombo (LNW): In a speech delivered during the International Nurses Day celebration at Temple Trees, President Ranil Wickremesinghe outlined ambitious plans for Sri Lanka’s economic growth and government reforms.

The President expressed his aim to achieve a 3 per cent growth rate for the country’s economy by 2025 and announced forthcoming measures to raise the salaries of government employees.

He highlighted the introduction of four key laws aimed at propelling economic development, including legislation to grant autonomy to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and foster an export-driven economy.

Reflecting on past economic challenges, President Wickremesinghe emphasised the importance of bipartisan cooperation in driving the country towards recovery.

He urged unity in embracing the proposed legislative agenda, which includes laws to enshrine agreements with international financial institutions into law and steer the economy towards sustainable growth.

The President also underscored the need for significant investment in education and healthcare, stressing that these priorities could only be met through the successful implementation of the proposed economic programme.

Additionally, the President inaugurated the Sri Lanka Nursing University and announced enhancements to allowances for nursing staff.

He acknowledged the contributions of various stakeholders, including Venerable Dr. Muruththettuwe Ananda Nayaka Thero, and called for continued support for the nursing profession.

The event, commemorating the birthday of Florence Nightingale, highlighted the pivotal role of nurses in healthcare and society, under the theme ‘Our Nurses – Our Future, The Economic Power of Nursing’.

Notable dignitaries, including Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Health Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, were present at the celebration.

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