(This article was originally published in Daily FT on 10th August 2016)
By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent
The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) interim report for the first three months of 2016 was yesterday presented to Parliament by COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti, outlining details of investigations on 19 public enterprises.
Deviating from the traditional summary on the loss-making public enterprises and their issues, MP Handunnetti proposed ways to improve COPE operations. He proposed foreign and local training for COPE members and the staff while enhancing the facilities and to introduce a software solution for information management.
“The staff attached to the COPE office is very limited and that number should be increased concurrently with the increase of the huge workload in the office. The COPE office should be established in a more spacious place with storage facilities,” he said.