The World Economic Forum (WEF) has removed a 2018 article by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on Tuesday touting a plan to make the country “rich by 2025” following the total collapse of the country.
In the now-deleted article titled, “This is how I will make my country rich by 2025,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe laid out his vision to “strategically position Sri Lanka as the hub of the Indian Ocean” in part by imposing WEF-sponsored environmental initiatives to address “climate change.”
Wickremesinghe cited the WEF as an organization that will help him achieve his goals.
“The 27th World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, provides me with the opportunity to showcase the landmark changes in Sri Lanka and our growing economic interconnection with the ASEAN region and beyond,” he concluded. “It will build upon the foundations of the historical and cultural ties that have existed for many centuries, and which bind our people irrevocably.”
Notably, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also promised in 2019 to transition the country’s farmers to organic agriculture over 10 years, following up in April 2021 by imposing a nationwide ban on fertilizers and pesticides and ordering the country’s 2 million farmers to go organic.
Just a few years later, Sri Lanka’s president fled the country and PM Wickremesinghe resigned last week after the people revolted and stormed their residences.