Leading chambers call for sensible actions to avert economic downfall

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  •  Four leading chambers issue strong-worded statement calling for sanity 
  •  Call parliamentary behaviour of some elected members shameful


Four leading business chambers yesterday in a joint statement expressed their grave concern over the current political situation in the country, while condemning the behaviour of some of the elected representatives in Parliament. 


They also called for “sensible action” from those responsible and accord the highest priority to national interest while refraining from pursuing any path that will result in an economic downfall. 


“We are deeply concerned about the current political situation in the country. It is our view that the Executive and the elected representatives have a duty to ensure that decisions are taken with regard for due process and the rule of law,” a joint statement issued by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Joint Apparel Association Forum and Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce said.


“The events of the last few weeks have resulted in absolute instability, which is a situation that Sri Lanka simply cannot afford. This will no doubt hinder development and have a significantly adverse impact on the social and economic trajectory of our country,” the statement noted.


It further said the current political impasses has made the entire administration of the country come to a standstill and the public officers are paralyzed being unable to discharge their functions. 


“The ultimate victims are the people of our country,” the statement noted.


The four chambers also went on to condemn the recent behaviour of some elected members in Parliament.


“We recently witnessed the most unacceptable and abusive behaviour displayed in the Chamber of the Sri Lanka Parliament. The conduct of some of the elected representatives was both shameful and an embarrassment to our country,” the statement said.

 

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