The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Dr. John William Ashe praised Sri Lanka’s progress and said, “We have seen the progress in developments in the country”.
Dr Ashe said this when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the Temple Trees. He congratulated President Rajapaks for his excellent speech delivered at the World Conference on Youth at Hambantota on May 6. Dr.Ashe participated in the World Conference on Youth as a special guest. The Conference was inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 6.
When asked about the women empowerment in Sri Lanka by a member of the UNGA delegation, President Rajapaksa replied that much progress has been achieved. He pointed out that the women ratio in sectors like banking, health and education is over 50 or 60 percent. However, he added that the women representation in Parliament is low.
President explained the progress achieved since defeating terrorism and pointed out that the growth rate in the North has jumped to 20 percent where as the national growth rate is 7 percent.
He said that over 12,000 LTTE cadres have been rehabilitated, child soldiers were handed over to their parents, and significant development has taken place in infrastructure development, health and education sectors.
“Of the students who entered universities, the largest number come from the Northern Province. The computer literacy rate was 3 percent in 2005 and it has gone up to 50 percent now,” President said. He added that much progress has been achieved and any outside interference could be detrimental to the progress.
Dr Ashe said he would value the support from Sri Lanka for the 68th United Nations General Assembly of which he will be the President