President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared opened the 8th Deyata Kirula exhibition at Kuliyapitiya yesterday (21).
The massive development exhibition, held annually since 2006 was opened for the general public from 21st to 27th of this month.
Speaking at the event, the President said that Sri Lanka is not a failed state and that we have the courage andability to cope with any issue.
He said Deyata Kirula showcases the progress of country's development plan, and that the exhibition is linked with the country's development after liberation from the three decade of terrorism.
"Awareness of development reaches the country through the Deyata Kirula Exhibition. This is clearly seen when visiting Ampara, Anuradhapura, Buttala, Kandy, Kuliyapitiya or any other place where the Deyata Kirula Exhibition was held," the President said.
He said certain pessimists say the Deyata Kirula is a mere white elephant. "They have deliberately forgotten that Deyata Kirula demonstrates the national development drive of the country."
He further said that the public visited the Deyata Kirula Exhibition in fear owing to terrorist activities in 2006.
"Today, thousands are flocking to the exhibition premises without fear. This is because of the prevailing peaceful situation in the country. Besides development, every sector has been placed on a rapid progressive track," the President said.
"For instance, nano technology has been introduced while the technology stream has also been introduced in the Advanced Level curricula from last year," he said.
He added all constructions at the exhibition premises are permanent and can be utilized after the exhibition. The Kuliyapitiya area will be an education hub in the future with the educational development carried out under the Deyata Kirula exhibition, he said.
This year, the Deyata Kirula Exhibition premises spans about 162 acres.
The three armed forces and the police are on display at the exhibition.
It showcases products and services of government, private and international organizations, and displays both past development activities, as well as future development projects, in the country.
The Deyata Kirula exhibition is being held in rural areas with the aim of developing them. It brings massive infrastructure development, especially roads and public facilities to the area where it is held.
A large number of ministers, members of parliament and diplomats participated in this event.