Successive governments have failed to retain skilled labour in the country or guarantee a good life and protection for the children, said NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
He was addressing expatriate Sri Lankans at Daegu in South Korea on April 16.
Citing an example, Dissanayake said the country has to bear considerable expenses to create a doctor, who ultimately gets sold cheaply in countries like Australia and England.
According to him, a majority of Sri Lankans working overseas belong to that category who are unable to make a proper living back home.
For more than 40 years, the country’s economic policy has been to borrow money and to sell national assets, Dissanayake noted.
He said the NPP is prepared to address all these issues and introduce an economic policy that will utilize human resources, skills and knowledge to rebuild the country.
Democracy will be ensured in the economy, while bringing about a political culture devoid of fraud, corruption and lawlessness, the NPP leader promised.