strongly feel that it is the time to think of new model for “Think Tank”, one
that takes full advantage of managing the available resources and some of the
best practices from more established think tanks across the world. I am willing
to go beyond new and old models, means thinking entirely new ways of delivering
very productive result value to the society.” Stated by
Hon. State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip
Wedaarachchi at a meeting with some senior government officials in Tangalle on
16th April 2017.
planning to set up a Think Tank on Blue Economy Concept with a constructive
policy targeting a Tremendous Boom in Fishery Industry, by using the
expertise of various other Ministries, Institutes, Free lance researchers,
Fishing Community, Public and Staff.
The State Minister already sketched up a
roadmap for a sustained and ambitious urge from the government perspective
towards reaping the benefits presented through the marine resources surrounding
the island. Hence, he is of the view that embracing the 'Blue Economy' concept
via policy making in respective fields is key towards such an endeavor.
Moreover, it is emphasized paramount at incorporating a holistic approach
towards such initiatives involving all stakeholders local and foreign.
This will not at all override the concept of
Green Economy. The word “Blue” is new to the arena of economy, but nothing
other than the colour of the Ocean packed with enormous recourses, just as same
as the formation of the blue colour by collection of various shades of colours.
Many countries are working hard to harvest such resources. Sri Lanka is
surrounded by sea which is 8 times larger than the land is a worthy treasure to
our country. However we have to reconsider how much this great resource with
high production capacity has been optimized to the economical development of
the country. Therefore, he has already launched the blue economy concept in
these circumstances Hon. State Minister believes whether, it would be possible
to set up a “Think Tank” under the guidance of Ministry of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources Development, on the topic of Blue Economy. This will be much
easier and on seeing the progress, this will give the confidence for all
stakeholders to continue and complete the expected task without many questions
being raised. Many countries like us have very less policy research institutes
to help and address the challenges we faced, instead, and because of this small
“Think Tank” community, we have to rely on policy ideas coming from
abroad-often from the think tanks, research centers and consultancies set up in
developed countries to lobby and influence international aid agencies.
last decades every endeavour is made to formulate a constructive policy in
order to develop fishery industry is being non productive. Many projects were
launched, but many questions posed from all quarters of the industry and
convincing all of them to obtain their concurrence became an arduous task which
has badly reflected on the efforts made by so many previous ministers, who lead
this ministerial portfolio.”
stated by State Minister in the same discussion to set up a “Think Tank” under
the guidance of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.