Sri Lanka’s President assures support and freedom for private sector to engage in businesses

Maithripala Sirisena

Aug 06, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena assured fullest support for private sector businesses to operate freely while government would build strong relations with other countries which would help trade and investment.

“The government and private sector should share a bond, friendliness, trust and transparency to develop the economy. I believe the government should play a major role in creating that,” President Sirisena said while addressing the Sri Lanka Economic Summit organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo, Wednesday, themed on boosting exports to 50 billion US dollars.

“We assure the businesses to operate and continue their work freely and by doing so we plan to gain trust and make a good bond with the private sector.”

The President pointed out it is not suitable for politicians to dictate to businessmen or their businesses and said the change was bought to this country on January 08 expecting a transformation in every field.

“Current government ended the era in which every entrepreneur from high level businessmen to the rambutan seller in the street,bow-down to political influence,”

“The current government ensures the right for the judges to judge the cases freely and the government servants and the police to do their duties freely. It also ensures the freedom for the all the people to engage in their activities freely and happily.” he added.

President Sirisena said the government would also take necessary steps to make state agencies business ready and more efficient in order to help in boost businesses.

He further added that the new rulers had taken many steps to rebalance relations with other counties that would help trade and investment in Sri Lanka.

“We should not be friendly with one section of countries and consider some others to be enemies,” President Sirisena said.

“The government foreign policy should be to treat all the countries and nations in the same manner without being partial. That will benefit businesses,”

“We have established trust and friendship with all these countries,” President Sirisena said.