Sri Lanka’s private sector today took a pledge for unity and decided to work towards the goal of uniting the people and thereby inspire everyone in Sri Lanka to do the same.
Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake, CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said that last Thursday, a group of nine Chambers met to discuss the present situation in the country.
“We decided that much has to be done to reunite a temporarily fragmented Sri Lanka. We discussed that the events that happened one month ago and also last week are not representative of the people we are, as Sri Lankans. We decided that we will ask the business community to take a pledge that we will work towards the goal of uniting our people and that we will thereby inspire everyone in this country to do the same,” she said.
The pledge today was taken in all three languages by over 300 corporates who assembled for that purpose at the Atrium of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
The oath was also to be taken during the course of the day, at other Corporate offices around the country.
The Pledge states:
WHEREAS recent events that occurred in Sri Lanka have caused peace loving Sri Lankans to take serious note of a possible threat to its unity;
BELIEVING that a vast majority of Sri Lankans stand for unity, peace and harmony and that our country can continue as a safe nation for all, with commitment to that cause by all peace loving people
ACCEPTING that the Business community has a role to play in confirming that commitment and playing a proactive role in peace building
WE, AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY TAKE THIS PLEDGE TODAY TO WORK TOWARDS A UNITED SRI LANKA.
We members of the Business community, hereby pledge –
- to work towards building a united Sri Lanka in which our people can live and work together in unity, in peace and in harmony, irrespective of differences in religion and ethnicity;
- to acknowledge the diversity within us and treat each other with respect at work and in the community.
We will, together forge a true Sri Lankan identity and thereby restore Sri Lanka as a peaceful nation. (Colombo Gazette)