`The politicians in Sri Lanka should adhere to the motto of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, `Our Word, Our Bond`. If they do Sri Lanka will be a better place to live in,` said Karu Jayasuriya, Deputy Leader of the United National Party on Tuesday.
Addressing the annual awards ceremony of the Institute (ICS), Jayasuriya, who is also the most senior member of the ICS in Sri Lanka, said that during election time, a lot of promises were made. If the politicians followed the `Our Word, Our Bond` motto, they would fulfil all the pledges mentioned in their election manifestoes
Amidst thunderous applause, Jayasuriya declared, `I suggest that all those ministers and politicians who fulfil their promises should be given honorary membership in the ICS`.
The Shipping industry had a great potential in the country. Sri Lanka`s maritime industry went back to over 2000 years. The Silk Route trade from China to Rome had a stopover in Sri Lanka`s Mantota port. Sri Lanka had been a prosperous nation at that time. `The country not only attracted traders but also invaders from time to tome. It was such an attractive place and history mentions our relations with China and Rome thousands of years ago,` he said.
`That prosperity we had can really be endowed in the future. In the SAARC countries we have billions of people for us to trade. I hope, in the period ahead, permanent peace will be achieved. Peace will make this country completely different, prosperous and a place with a lot of opportunities,` Jayasuriya said.
He added that he had got the membership of the ICS way back in 1965 and had always enjoyed being in the industry. Looking back he was very happy that the Institute had gone from strength to strength due to the dynamic leadership provided by the office bearers. During the past several years, ICS had become one of Sri Lanka`s strongest professional bodies.
`I`m happy to note that Sri Lanka branch is second only to the branch in the United Kingdom,` he said.
Addressing the Chief guest Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Jayasuriya said that the ICS members could strengthen his hand in discharging his duties of the minister.
Also present at the awards ceremony were the British High Commissioner, Stephen Evans, Bruce Ogilvy, Chariman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK and Hemakumara Nanayakkara, MP.