Sujeewa says Sri Lankans expect too much too fast


by Sanath Nanayakkare

Consul General of Latvia in Sri Lanka Thomas F.Doetwyler proposes a toast with Minister Swaminathan marking the National Day of the Republic of Latvia.

Sujeewa Senasinhe, State Minister for International Trade told the Island Financial Review on Wednesday that lawmakers and policymakers have got their act together with the backing of the active national government to put all fronts on the right track to achieve substantial economic growth, but some citizens of the country are growing impatient to see the results far too quickly.

"It’s going to be a meticulous process. It won’t yield results overnight. We have been able to address the hard part of the issues and are moving onto the next phase slowly but steadily, the state minister said.

Reception at the National Day of the Republic of Latvia. J. A. Setu Kavalar, Finance Director A. Baur, Dinal Philips PC, Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe and Trevin Fernandopulle, DFCC’s Chief risk Officer.
Pics by Dimuthu Premaratne

He made these comments participating as a guest of honour at the National Day celebrations of the Republic of Latvia at the Hilton Colombo Residencies.

Consul General of Latvia in Sri Lanka Thomas F.Doetwyler speaking at the event said, "The National Day of the Republic of Latvia is the most significant day for Latvia, because it was on the 18th November 1918 when the newly independent state was born on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the very heart of Europe."

Speaking further the Consul General said, "Almost one hundred years ago, Friendly nations helped protect the independence and security of the newly proclaimed Latvian state. For a decade we have been allies in the European Union and NATO, and therefore, Latvia stands prepared not only to offer support for the friendly nations affected in political and moral terms, but to also fight for our shared values together."

"The relationship and trade between Sri Lanka and our country has significantly developed over the last years and we are aiming at further strengthening the ties between our two countries, the Consul General further said. After the speeches, The Island Financial Review approached the chief guest of the event Minister Swaminathan and enquired what areas of bilateral trade could be enhanced further. "Eka mata kiyanna behe. Trade kiyala daanna", the minister replied in Sinhala, in a condescending manner.

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