Shipping and Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunge has observed the emergence of a Sri Lankan identity in the society is necessary for development.
He was addressing the staff of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on the first day of work after the dawn of the Sinhala-Tamil New Year.
During his address, he said: “For the first time we have been able to form a National Government, with the two main political parties coming together. A country should be built with everyone thinking in the same way as Sri Lankans. If we can instill this way of life among our people, we can change and bring this country to a better place,
I know that during the Hambantota Port issue, as well the bonus issue that came up recently, many of you all supported us to overcome those problems. I expect that same support to face all these issues we are about to witness in the future.
As employees of the SLPA, it is the responsibility of you all to protect the Ports and as the Minister in charge my responsibility is to create the background required for such protection by enlightening the Cabinet and the general public.
This year is going to be the most challenging for the SLPA as there are many issues. One is a possible loss of business as many deepwater ports are emerging. The biggest challenge is the privatisation of the Hambantota Port.
Ports and Shipping Ministry Secretary L.P. Jayampathy, SLPA Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga, SLPA Managing Director Sarathkumara Premachandra and other senior officials also participated in the event."