Chairperson of the National Council Sub-Committee on Identifying Priorities in Formulating Short-, Medium- and Long- Term Policies MP Namal Rajapaksa instructed Anusha Gokula, Director General-Department of Manpower and Employment yesterday (19), to organise a preliminary discussion within two weeks in coordination with all relevant institutions in order to remove the existing barriers for entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka and quickly prepare a new policy framework.
It was emphasised at the sub-committee that starting an enterprise in Sri Lanka has become a complex process, so a policy framework should be prepared to make it a very simple and easy task like in developed countries.
The sub-committee also agreed to discuss and decide the necessary legal and policy changes to make this process easier and more efficient in coordination with the Divisional Secretary and District Secretariat offices and related institutions at the next committee meeting.
These recommendations were given as the officials representing the Department of Manpower and Employment and the Attorney Generals Department were called before the National Council Sub-Committee on Identifying Priorities in Formulating Short-, Medium- and Long- Term Policies to discuss formulation of national policies related to encouraging entrepreneurship and investment yesterday (19).
Anusha Gokula pointed out that since entrepreneurship and career guidance is a right that should be given to the students of Sri Lanka, the educational policies should be changed to include it in the school education system of Sri Lanka.
According to a recent survey, there are nearly 800,000 youth who do not have education, employment or training (Not in Employment, Education, Training / NEET) in Sri Lanka and they need professional guidance including entrepreneurship.
It was discussed at the committee that biographies of successful entrepreneurs should be included in the education syllabus in Sri Lanka and that children should be made aware of new career opportunities and entrepreneurship going beyond traditional jobs from school age.
Therefore, the committee advised that educational policies should be prepared for proper guidance to choose a relevant career field from grade 9 or based on one’s ability and desire and that the Ministry of Education should submit related proposals and prepare policies.