Slogans cannot develop a country, must work hard to win the future world through an export economy – PM
Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 10:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Aug 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today (07) said Sri Lanka should be made a center of the export economy and the country must work towards winning the future world through an export economy that uses modern technology.
Wickremesinghe said that slogans cannot develop a country and that everyone should work together with effort and dedication to make a big leap forward to take the country forward.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed these views at a ceremony held at the premises of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery today (07) to mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment.
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that a large number of ships pass through the Indian Ocean daily. “We need to focus on this and develop the necessary facilities and services for the vessels heading to India, the world’s second largest economy, through the Colombo port, the world’s largest port.”
“If the country is to move forward, it is necessary to work hard. It takes strength and dedication to make that effort. If we are unable to do so the country will be in a state of decline. Therefore, we have the necessary programs to take the country forward.”
Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Kabir Hashim speaking at the occasion said that whenever the UNP came to power, the government worked to directly develop the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.
He said the government has taken steps to complete a number of programs including the establishment of an oil pipeline system to transport jet fuel to the Katunayake airport, and expediting the Mannar Natural Gas Deposit Project.
Hashim pointed out that if the leaders who ruled the country for a long period of time from 1994 to 2014 invested in the oil refinery, there would be no problems like fuel leaks. “Instead roads were laid for drying paddy, sports stadiums with no sports and convention centers that do not have conventions.”
Religious leaders including the Maha Sangha, the State Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage, the Minister of Mass Media and the Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene, the Secretary to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development Ruwan Hettiarachchi and the Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation GS Ranjith and senior government officials were present.