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Technological Integration

Network Development – Better Internet Facilities

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The internet has now become a vital part of human life. Furthermore, our generation has numerous learning and entrepreneurial opportunities via the internet. However, currently, there are no good network packages that offer good speed internet facilities. We do not need free Wi-Fi, but better unlimited network packages for a reasonable price like in developed countries.

~ Janith Lakshan & Chamodi Abisheka

Flexibility for Vehicle modifications

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The vehicle industry in Sri Lanka is virtually unknown and relies completely on imports. However, it is a very dynamic field with many talented youths waiting for an opportunity to put their skills into practice.

With the new technology available, this is a growing area around the world and fewer restrictions would allow the growth of new talent and inventions within the country. The present restrictions are derived from an ancient gazette and this has been a very questionable issue for all vehicle modifiers/renovators who are interested in generating transformation in this field.

Therefore, it is suggested to allow safe and suitable modification and enhancement of vehicles.
This would open up new avenues of business and entrepreneurship and minimize import costs and expenditure, while also contributing as an eco-conscious venture towards the country’s future. Old or even condemned vehicle parts could be utilized to use the parts more effectively and create low-cost new requirements.

Limitations should only affect modification or extreme enhancements to vehicle horns and noise pollution and fit-on of devices that enhance the speed of the vehicle unnecessarily.

~ S Kasthurirathne

A Focus on Data and Automation

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Two and a half quintillion bytes of data are created every day (source: http://archive.ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/business-strategy/green-it/power_crunch/). In addition, automation is increasingly being used to streamline many tasks and make them more efficient. This is likely to increase exponentially in the coming years with the emergence of 5G network technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Many private companies and governments all over the world are utilizing data analytics and automation to improve decision-making and maximize results in a wide range of fields. Sri Lanka should also implement such practices. With this in mind, we should encourage our human resources, particularly the youth, to make full use of this technology.

 

~ Rukman Wick

Government Policy on Physical Development

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Sri Lanka needs a policy on ‘Physical Development’ for the country. We have seen that during the previous government, there was a ‘facelift’ in Colombo and its suburbs. While appreciating it, I would like to see that happens all over the island with a ‘theme’ or a ‘concept’. For an example, the Singaporean concept of, City in a Garden; Singapore has a land-use plan developed with the help of UN Experts during the early 1970 s’ and it is followed and improved upon from time to time.

We need to identify activity zones which UDA has done to a certain extent. However, it has not covered the island and it is not followed strictly. For an example, all government institutes in the Western Province should be relocated to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, but it has not happened.

Just having a concept is not sufficient; law enforcement, providing land areas, and supportive infrastructure are needed. Professional bodies, universities, university students, experts in the industry should work together to make this possible. We also need strict regulations on construction and standards, and a institute to regulate it.

We should also have a land policy; rather than having few storied buildings alone, (even for residential buildings) we could go for high-rise combined with other infrastructure linked with those.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Centralised Patients’ Database

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In Sri Lanka, most of the government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics and private consultations maintain their own patients records. These same patients in the future will access more than one place on different occasions, but the diagnosis and the medication history may not be taken into proper consultation.

Elderly people might not provide proper history details and the medications followed due to poor memory. Some may have allergies to certain medications and may not provide accurate information to another doctor. This may put their life in great risk.

Therefore, I propose to introduce centralised system to store all patient details and provide access across hospitals and clinics. These hospitals and clinics should sign an agreement with Ministry of Health to safeguard personal data security and the details of patients.

During new patient registration, it is best to obtain written permission to share personal information across all health sectors. We can use digital identity cards to store and scan during consultation to access medical history records.

This initiative will provide more clarity about the patient to the doctors and also minimise errors.

~ Asitha Kalinga Bulathsinghala

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Resource Management for Fisheries and Tea Industries

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Fisheries Industry:
A comprehensive, extensive and accelerated program should be launched to develop marine sector, mainly giving emphasis to fisheries and boat building industries aiming at both local and export markets. The traditional fishing methods are required  to be replaced rapidly with new fishing methods.

Tea Industry:
Tea is mainly exported as bulks now. This should be changed and tea should exported as a value added product. For example, packing into sachets or small packs. This needs factory changes as already mentioned. This will also help eliminate tea adulteration problem.

~ Samarajeewa

 

Cyber Self Defense Force

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The modern warfare will definitely use cyber space to attack any government/country. Attackers can paralyse an economy by attacking vital servers/data centers which are used for almost all services such as water/electricity/gas/internet supply. We should keep in mind that modern societies are using IoT, AI, n-Society, e-Governement, etc., and the usage of these technologies are becoming more and more wide-spread.

Many developed countries maintain an army of “Cyber Soldiers” to monitor the net-traffic and identify malicious attacks targeting government networks. Sri Lanka has more than sufficient IT graduates who we can hire and train to be Cyber Soldiers.

~ Tunga Randeniye

Facilitate Start-Up Businesses

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Knowledgeable individuals graduate from universities each year, but they don’t have suitable careers to use their knowledge. Some graduates dream to start a new business, but they don’t have enough money and faculties.

If the government can take action for this kind of graduates by facilitating their research, they will be able to develop new technologies.

~ Lakshan Madhuranga

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Take Sri Lanka to rank #1- “Easiest Countries to Do Business in”

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When it’s easy to startup businesses in a Country, Multinational companies get attracted to set up their businesses in the country. New businesses (these businesses MUST not damage the environment or corrupt public officials) create jobs, pay taxes and bring in the much needed foreign currency revenue to the country.

Since most of these multi nationals are more technologically advanced, the country is further benefited with better technologies, they spread their knowledge & hire local firms to supply them which will automatically create more jobs.

To achieve this standard some of the key criteria
•    Business incorporation within 24 hrs.
•    Business friendly Jurisdiction
•    Zero Corruption & crime.
•    Trade, Investment & Business freedom.
•    Trade Freedom
–    Open Trade policies
–    Low Trade Barriers
–    Low Tariff structure
–    Excellent Boarder administration.

•    Motivated & skilled workforce.
•    Light Tax burdens.
•    Adaptation of Technology
•    High degree of Innovation
•    Intellectual property protection. (Intellectual property is a revenue generating asset)
•    Top notch Infrastructure
•    Financial market sophistication.
•    Logistic efficiency & affordability of shipments.
•    High degree of Public trust on Politicians.
•    Public need to feel free of burden from government regulations

~ Eranjanie Wijesinghe

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Cyber Self Defence Force

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The modern warfare will definitely use cyber space to attack any government/country. Attackers can paralyze an economy by attacking vital servers/data centers which are used for  almost all services such as water/electricity/gas/internet supply. We should keep in mind that the modern societies are using IoT, AI, n-Society, e-Governement etc. and the usage of these technologies becoming more and more wide-spread.

Many developed countries maintain an army of “Cyber Soldiers” to monitor the net-traffic and identify malicious attacks targeting government networks. Sri Lanka has more than sufficient IT graduates we hire and train to be Cyber Soldiers.

~ Tunga Randeniye