Clear aim and dedication vital:
Business community should revitalize country’s economy - Defence
Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the business
community has to play a vital role to revitalize and sustain the
country’s economy. We need to have a clear aim and dedication. A leader
should know how to guide his team well and get the maximum of their
The chief guest and Secretary,
Ministry of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa presents the top
award to Chairman, John Keells Holdings, Susantha Ratnayake.
Managing Director, BT Options, Mathi Partipan and one of the
architects of Business Today Top Ten Dinesh Weerakkody look
He was speaking at the Business Today Top 10 awards ceremony in
Colombo on Tuesday.
Gotabhaya said we should gain the full benefits having eradicated
terrorism. All our armed forces men and women were mostly from the rural
areas of the country and they were average people, but we made them
exceptional in the battlefield.
He said, “Small things go a long way and as business leaders if you
all start moving forward the rest of the business community will also
follow your footsteps and eventually the country will triumph.
When there is economic stability in a country the living standards of
the people too would improve. Sri Lanka was recently named the 22nd
country among the most content people in the world and became the first
among Asia. Likewise we will be among the top five countries”.
“The Government will do its part in providing the infrastructure
development in the post war areas and it is time for the corporate
sector to prove that we could also win the economic war in our country.
Business leaders should improve industries using the land and the
coastline which we gained after 30 years. We need to expand our business
and branch out”, Rajapaksa said.
Business Today announced the Top 10 corporate performers for the year
2007/2008. John Keells Holdings won first place.
The other winners were; Sri Lanka Telecom, Distilleries Company of
Sri Lanka, Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Dialog Telekom, Hatton National
Bank, Lanka IOC, Carson Cumberbatch, Aitken Spence and Company and
Cargills (Ceylon) PLC.
The annual survey is based on published financial information of
companies listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange.