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Development and investment can be fast-tracked by picking the right team to deliver the promises of a new government, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday.

Speaking at the Viyathmaga Annual Convention 2019 held at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo last evening, Mr. Rajapaksa, the Chairman of Viyathmaga, said he is convinced that investment and development can be fast tracked if a credible and firm decision making machinery is established within a transparent governance framework.

“The country has already seen the benefits of such a framework in many flagship investments in tourism, ports and transportation, urban housing development, waste management and city beautification during the 2010 -2014 period. We can repeat that speed and effectiveness by picking the right team to deliver the promises of a new government. I am positive that the private sector will also be determined to contribute its best to help achieve our common objectives,” he said.

He said the responsibilities up ahead of the country includ reviewing of the Constitution, revamping of laws and changing the election laws. “There can only be one law in a country and that law must be equal to all,” he said.

Commenting on security, Mr. Rajapaksa said he was committed to address national security not only as a defensive mechanism, but also to provide broader social, political and economic security to the people.

“Our country should be free from crime, drug trafficking, terrorist financing, money laundering and corruption. Our houses and streets must be safe places for children, women and the community at large. Businesses should be shielded from security threats,” he said.

During their tenure, the former defence secretary said they fortified the country’s intelligence networks and the intelligence networks were dedicated to safeguard the people.

“Therefore, we must re-establish this secured environment that is at present compromised. To do so, we must reinstate the intelligence mechanism that was proactive until 2015. We must bring the intelligence operations of the security forces and the police under the responsibility of one head and thereby connect all these units together. This responsibility must be again handed over to capable officers. For our intelligence officers to be effective, it is very important to connect them with foreign intelligence services, provide them with both foreign and local training and equip them with modern technology,” he said.

He reiterated that a governance that does not juxtapose before any foreign power over diplomatic relations or international trade agreements should be re-established.

“We need a government that will at all times safeguard our sovereignty, maintain international relations on equal footing with all, ensure our national pride and rule with dignity. We especially cannot allow our territory or natural resources to fall into the control of foreign hands,” he said.

Mr. Rajapaksa commented on a wide range of spheres in his speech inclusive of knowledge, economy, education, development of Industries, environment and democracy and said Sri Lanka should not miss out on the opportunities that are arising from the knowledge-based and modern technological innovations.

“We should also bear in mind that education can also be a foreign exchange earner. Instead of sending Sri Lankan students abroad, we should find ways to attract foreign students to Sri Lanka. Also, from a country's perspective, providing skilled workers instead of unskilled labour for foreign employment is far better and more dignified, while also providing the country with an avenue to increase its foreign exchange,” he said.

He said the tourism industry has the potential to expand it to generate an income of at least US$ 10 billion per annum and said the country needed to do more research and use modern technology if it wanted to develop the agricultural industry.

He said it was the responsibility of the politician to understand the need of the people and to include it into national policies.

“We need to marry the virtues of democratic inclusiveness with the effectiveness of technocratic management. Democratic feedback is crucial for governments to ensure that they are on the right track. To strengthen democracy, politicians must be supported by technocrats,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • ANTON Monday, 09 September 2019 08:37 AM

    You are an expert in mind washing people and even to create suicide bombers because you were in army.

    Jayanath Monday, 09 September 2019 08:58 AM

    Well said sir. Clean up our country which is turning to a shit hole by present government.

    ravin Monday, 09 September 2019 09:12 AM

    But in that team no one with corrupted allegations to be included. Be it your close associates and people who wants to bring you to power.

    johan Monday, 09 September 2019 09:20 AM

    When you were defence secretary masses were treated as slaves even MR's own party members. When you become President we do not know what will happen

    Changed Rouges Monday, 09 September 2019 09:27 AM

    Your brother was president for 10 years, and now you want to make your family golden again? Wow...

    Shehan Monday, 09 September 2019 09:32 AM

    Ela, give up citizenship you got by seeking asylum in the US, and you’re the most patriotic now? Ha ha joker

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 09 September 2019 10:01 AM

    Our country should be free from extrajudicial killings, torturing and looting.

    saliya Monday, 09 September 2019 11:22 AM

    you can recruit all the white van drivers for that TEAM

    Sugandh Thomas Monday, 09 September 2019 01:10 PM

    Alleged criminal with formal charges and court cases pending, promises to improve law and order in this country.


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