CCC meets PM to discuss recovery strategies

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  • Emphasises on need for political unity, high levels of national security 
  • Calls for daily security briefing to the public by one official spokesperson


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with representatives of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on Wednesday to discuss ways to put the economy back on track after the Easter Sunday attacks.  

The CCC delegation led by Chairman Rajendra Theagarajah along with tourism leaders met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 1 May to discuss concerns of the business community in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

They brought several issues to his attention and proposed measures to resolve the situation, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. 

The Prime Minister assured the delegation that the Government was doing everything it could to ensure public security. He said that they had been successful in this regard so far, however, the threat remained until all suspects connected to the attacks were apprehended. After that, the country would be able to return to normalcy, he assured.

The business delegation expressed alarm that terrorists were able to orchestrate an attack of such magnitude. Citing security lapses, they called for strong security establishment and security infrastructure. They also urged greater cooperation between the country’s political leaders. 

They stressed that leaders needed to cast aside their differences and show true statesmanship in order to combat this danger. The delegation also said everything should be done to maintain law and order, subdue ethnic unrest and ensure the safety and security of all citizens. 

They also called for a daily security briefing to the public by a single designated official spokesperson to clarify matters and prevent confusion and the spread of rumours.

The Prime Minister thanked the delegation for bringing their concerns and suggestions to his attention. He urged the business community to place their trust in the Government. He also praised the security establishment and intelligence units for the excellent work done so far. 

He said steps would be taken to resolve the situation as early as possible and ensure the smooth flow of economic activity. He also pledged enhanced cooperation between the various branches of Government to combat this threat.