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“In our efforts to push the economy towards high value activities, our enterprises must re-engineer their work processes and invest in new skills and innovations. Towards this, I propose to encourage enterprises to undertake Research and Development, registration of Patents, Trade Marks and designs, automation through technology and training of their workforce. Such enterprises are encouraged to get assistance from Universities, Research and Technology Institutions and skills development Agencies.”

Mahinda Rajapakse
Minister of Finance and Planning
Budget Speech 2011