President Ranil Wickremesinghe addresses G77 + China summit in Cuba


President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasised the essential position of science, know-how and innovation in overcoming the present improvement challenges confronted by growing nations worldwide.

He expressed these views talking on the Summit of the Heads of State and Authorities of the G77 + China in Havana, Cuba on Friday (15). 

The summit started beneath the auspices of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez. 

President Wickremesinghe started by commending Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez for convening the summit and acknowledging Cuba’s historic position as a champion for the issues and aspirations of growing nations inside numerous multilateral boards.

“Europe’s developments within the fifteenth century, equivalent to gunpowder, cannons and ocean-going ships, enabled it to beat different components of the world, ensuing within the technological divide seen right this moment. A brand new technological divide is rising within the twenty first century, necessitating the adoption of digitalization and new applied sciences, equivalent to Huge Information, IoT, AI, Blockchain, Biotechnology and Genome Sequencing, to bridge the hole,” the President stated.

“The mind drain from the South to the North and the ensuing lack of educated manpower is one other risk to the event of Science Expertise and Innovation of the South. China, India, Japan and South Korea have developed Science Expertise and Innovation by nurturing their manpower. Due to this fact we should ask for compensation from the North for the lack of our manpower,” he added.

He additionally urged elevated South-South cooperation and proposed a scheme akin to the Colombo Plan to reinforce collaboration, trade greatest practices and develop insurance policies that harness the transformational potential of science, know-how and innovation.

In conclusion, President Wickremesinghe reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s dedication to supporting the brand new Havana Declaration and referred to as for the collective voice of G77 and China to be heard in worldwide fora.

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