We are stakeholders in country’s future
Sri Lanka is one of the most peaceful and stable nations in the Asian
region. All of us are stakeholders in this country’s future, and we have
an opportunity to build on the foundation of peace to take Sri Lanka to
the next level, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.
“We need to move beyond our usual comfort zones, to contribute
effectively to this national cause. We must look afresh at our strengths
and opportunities,” he said.
“We must realize that there is great potential in Sri Lanka for its
future growth. Sri Lanka is an attractive destination for foreign
investments and tourist arrivals are also increasing constantly,”
Secretary Rajapaksa said.
Domestic industries, service sector and agriculture sector in Sri
Lanka also have the scope to grow much further. Because of that we must
go beyond traditional boundaries and commit to achieving our shared
destiny as a nation in individually or cooperatively without any
matter”, he added.
The Defence Secretary was addressing the Seventh Annual Conference of
the MBA Alumni Association of Colombo University at the Cinnamon Lake
Side Hotel,yesterday under the theme of “Beyond Traditional Boundaries”.
“Commitment is one of the most important factors in any undertaking.
The humanitarian operation that liberated Sri Lanka from terrorism is a
good example for committed leadership which is leading to success.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, my self as the Defence Secretary,the
Commanders and the Senior Officers of the Armed Services were fully
committed to eradicating the terrorism from the country. The actions and
words of each of these individuals constantly underscored their
commitment. This was critical to long term success.”,the Defence
During the last stages of the war certain western governments with
vested interests tried to intervene and halt the progress of the
military. But the President, as Commander of Chief was the only person
who could call and end to the war and through that incident any one can
see the the commitment of his leadership.
Commitment, motivation,focus,positive thinking, clear mission, proper
planning, proper management, supervision and delegation of
responsibilities are the most important strategies of the leadership and
appoint correct person to correct place is also helps to achieve the
targets. Without proper guidance, a clear mandate and all above
strategies no one can achieve their targets,he explained.
Sri Lanka was at a critical time in its history. With the defeat of
terrorism the development activities has taken place. The government
will do everything to create an environment conducive for economic
development. This time is right for Sri Lanka to attain its rightful
place in the world after a three decades of war,he further stated.
MBA Alumni Association of Colombo University Chairperson Pubudu de
Zoysa,Sri Lanka and Maldives International Finance Corporation Country
Manager Adam Sack,Sampath Bank Managing Director Aravinda Perera,Browns
Group of Companies CEO and Group Managing Director Murali
Prekash,Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Sales and Marketing CEO Ravi
Jayawardena, Prime Land Group Chairman B.Premalal, Derana TV Chairman
Laksiri Wickramage and a number of distinguished guests also