Sri Lanka to be developed on Buddhist values

Daily Mirror, 23 September 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told the United Nations sessions on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that he hoped to develop Sri Lanka on a foundation of Buddhist values, presidential sources in New York told Daily Mirror.He spoke of how he overcame the challenges he faced when eradicating terrorism.

The president said he would develop the country under the five concepts envisaged in his Mahinda Chintana policy document and added that he would take steps for post-war development to trickle down to the villages.

With only five years till the 2015 deadline to achieve the MDGs, world leaders met on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in New York to accelerate the progress towards reaching these goals.

Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa was among World leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations, philanthropists and some of the world’s leading private companiy Chief Executive Officers who attended the inaugural ceremony of the sixth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiatives (CGI) held at Sheraton Hotel Tower in NY.

The CGI foundation will discuss issues plaguing many developing countries. The foundation, which hopes to interest the private sector in investing money on non-profit developmental programmes, will address many key issues like women empowerment, unemployment, energy usage and consumption among many other issues. The three-day long CGI meeting will end today.

The official website of the CGI foundation says that United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will be present at this year’s meeting.