He made these remarks while participating at the National ceremony to launch the programme of building of a sustainable Sri Lanka, where everybody will share its dividends, held at the Presidential Secretariat, today.
The Government has declared the Year 2017 as the year of poverty alleviation and many programmes have been implemented to achieve sustainable development goals according to the vision of the Government on poverty elimination.
The President said the people of Sri Lanka need to be strong economically as a country in the year 2017. He said that every possible step will be taken this year to free the people from poverty and to save the country from the financial crisis.
He also emphasized that many programmes will be implemented to increase export revenue while developing the local industries and the agricultural sector.
President Sirisena stated that the people should protect and nourish natural resources to achieve the targets of sustainable development.
The President also said that National reconciliation is important in moving towards achieving sustainable development goals.
He said the country can be developed only in ensuring peace, brotherhood and mutual trust among the communities. (Colombo Gazette)