Sri Lanka chambers call for urgent action to avoid economic downfall

ECONOMYNEXT – Several business chambers in Sri Lanka have called for urgent action to avoid an economic downfall as a political crisis dragged on leading to chaos in parliament.

"We call upon all those responsible to accord the highest priority to national interest and refrain from pursuing any path that will result in an economic downfall which will have an adverse impact on the country and the people," the statement said.

"We call for urgent and sensible action."

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and  The Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WCCI) said state machinery had become paralyzed.

"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," the Chambers said.

"The events of the last few weeks have resulted in absolute instability which is a situation that Sri Lanka simply cannot afford."

"It is observed that the entire administration of this country has 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 also slammed legislators for creating chaos in parliament where objects were thrown at the speaker.

"We recently witnessed the most unacceptable and abusive behavior displayed in the Chamber of the Sri Lanka Parliament," the statement said.

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"The conduct of some of the elected representatives was both shameful and an embarrassment to our country."
 

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