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"Our national and research expenditure by both the public and private sector must increase to at least 2% of GDP during this decade."

"As the public sector commands a good resource pool and the private sector commands the capacity of commercial applications, I encourage partnerships between Government and private sector research Centers and universities to undertake joint R&D initiatives for high productive, economic activities. I propose to relax administrative procedures obstructing the two sectors to work together."

Mahinda Rajapakse
Minister of Finance and Planning
Budget Speech 2011