President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka has incorporated Millennium Development Goals (MDG) key performance indicators in its national budget policies.
He has said that as a result, Sri Lanka has already attained or is on track to attain the MDGs, despite formidable odds, including the almost thirty years of a violent terrorist movement and the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that brought unprecedented devastation to the country.
Speaking the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the MDGs, the President has also said that it was the government’s deep conviction that the wellsprings of the country’s civilization, nurtured by the Buddhist tradition should guide the approach to economic and social policy making.
“In terms of universal primary enrolment and completion, we had recorded a level of almost one hundred per cent (100%) by year 2007. Gender parity in primary education has reached ninety nine per cent (99%) and in secondary and tertiary enrolment, the ratio of girls to boys exceeds one hundred per cent (100%),” Rajapaksa has said.