The Sunday Leader

SL’s Plurality Unrecognised By Its Leaders

  • New CCC Chief Speaks Out

CCC Chairman
Suresh Shah

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) cannot confine its interests only to business matters affecting its members, but should also be alive to national issues, its newly elected Chairman, Suresh Shah said.

Shah, speaking at CCC’s 174th AGMs held in Colombo on Thursday (June 27) further said that 57 years ago when Sri Lanka took a certain stand on the language issue, the CCC then may have had thought that that was political and therefore was not in the best interest of the CCC and hence may have had chosen to ignore it.

But the country is still paying the price for what happened, he said.

And four years after the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year old conflict, the plurality of its society is not recognised.

Shah further said that what Sri Lanka has is leaders to show the way and not institutions.

But when one looks at progressive countries, it’s institutions that drive them and not necessarily leaders, he said.

Shah also said that the fall in exports needs to be arrested. Sri Lanka is still an import dependent country.

He further said that the island has immense potential, but, unfortunately it has only stayed that way. To its north is India, which can be what China was to Hong Kong and ASEAN to Singapore. It has rich fertile soil which can make it a leading agriculture exporter, whilst being in proximity to the major sea lanes which can make it a maritime hub.

And Sri Lanka is a haven for tourism.

Shah also said that sustainable growth may be achieved only if it’s led by the private sector. (PA)

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