Mark Carney, aged 47, the Governor of the Central Bank of Canada since 2008 has just been appointed the Governor of the Bank of England for a 5 year term. That is the first time in the history of the Bank of England that a foreigner has been so appointed, a sign of a globalised world, where the best person for the job is recruited from wherever it may be. After all I understand that he managed to keep Canada out of the global financial meltdown where NO Canadian Bank went under during the financial crisis beginning in 2008.
It is a pointer to countries like Sri Lanka that obtaining true professionals, as in not political may be the best course to adopt to ensure that policies and guidelines are adopted in the best interests of the Country. After all this position is the highest non elected position in the UK.
In today’s Sri Lanka how would it be if the Chief Justice was appointed from outside Sri Lanka? I am sure there is NO provision for a non Sri Lankan to hold that office.
This is meant to be a thought provoking blog, so I try to include matters that will draw a readers’ attention to unusual events that merit thinking outside the box.
When we are happily ensconced in our own world, in our comfort zones, we do not like to tread outside it for fear of being made a fool of, or sounding silly. It is nevertheless both courageous and daring to do so, but at the same time gives a perspective that may give some food for thought.
In Sri Lanka thinking outside the box comprises of sending a satellite into orbit with a Sri Lankan flag and calling it a Sri Lankan Satellite going out on its maiden voyage on Tuesday November 27th on a rocket from China. The Satellite was built in France, and sent to China to be sent on Orbit, but as the Company that commissioned the Satellite is Sri Lankan, a BOI company albeit possibly majority Chinese owned, as the ownership is still a mystery, it is called a Sri Lankan Satellite. That is the thinking outside the box that we indulge in. After all we do not even currently have a communications center to manage the Satellite, that too being done from China. If we check the web site of the China Great Wall Industry Corporation, www.cgwic.com it is obvious it undertakes to send satellites for anyone who wants it done. All I need is the financing or part of it, after all China will lend any amount to Sri Lanka to launch a satellite especially as it overflies the orbit of South Asia. They can then spy on India. I am sure India is pretty pissed off about it anyway!!
It does not take a rocket scientist, excuse the pun, to work out that there is something fishy in this scheme, if the Defense Ministry or the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has not given their approval and the only approval necessary is from the President!
So it is good to think outside the box to solve our financial problems and find a way to reduce the debt to China and at least reduce the interest rates they have charged us to more modest and reasonable and not usurious ones. Please suggest a way out of our debt mess!!