Great leap forward
Aug 15, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The construction of the Hambantota International Port is a ’great leap forward’, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the several thousands strong participants at the Karadiya wara Mangallaya or the ceremony to fill the port basin with sea water.
Describing the construction of the port as a massive technological achievement, he said, "We will not anymore be a nation that is satisfied with supplying only fuel and water to ships. This port must lead to the emergence of tens of thousands of employment opportunities".
"Our Motherland is not a place to dump the waste and discards of other countries. We must transform our country as an economic centre that spreads the national brand name Made in Sri Lanka throughout the world."
Inviting the youth to unite with the government to make the country an economic hub of the world, President Rajapaksa emphasized the need to develop an independent economy for the country without worrying that many other nations which were behind us in development have surpassed us.
He said that the construction of the Hambantota port is the prelude to the massive economic development ahead of the country. "Hundreds of ships passed daily closer to our shores but it was only other countries that yielded the benefits."