President Ranil Wickremesinghe has emphasized his steadfast commitment to avoid compromising the nation’s future by succumbing to popular decisions that might have adverse consequences.

He was speaking at ‘Shilpa Abhimani 2023’ presidential handicraft awards ceremony held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre in Colombo yesterday (03).

He said the nation cannot revert to a period marked by scarcity of fuel, lack of fertilizers, and economic collapse.

The President claimed that despite the challenges, the country’s economy can experience swift strengthening by persisting on the current trajectory, acknowledging the inherent difficulties.

He underscored that making incorrect economic decisions could exacerbate the devaluation of the Rupee.

The president affirmed his dedication to offering comprehensive relief to the public in times of adversity.

He declared that the government would extend every necessary support to transform the handicraft industry into a sector contributing significantly to foreign exchange earnings.

Strengthening the rupee and implementing the right economic programs can propel us forward swiftly.

It is crucial to emphasize that the handicraft industry should be transformed into a foreign exchange earning sector, and the government is actively working to provide the necessary support, he added.



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