Shippers concerned over disruption of services
12th May 2022
The Sri Lanka Shippers' Council (SLSC) expressed grave concern at the violence unleashed on peaceful protestors in Colombo on Monday (9), which could result in disruptions to services and would add to the burdens already faced by the people with devastating consequences in the future.
"We request all right-minded citizens who are involved to recognise the importance of these critically important activities and thereby allow those to continue their services to see the country through this crucial period," SLSC stressed.
While recognising the people's right to conduct peaceful protests, the SLSC said that they condemn all forms of violence that took place on Monday, and reiterated that it should be dealt with by the law of the land through an impartial investigation that should be carried out to identify those responsible and hold them accountable. Failure to take immediate action to protect the fundamental rights of citizens will result in grave repercussions on the maintenance of law and order, and will disrupt the ongoing initiatives to resolve the serious political and socio-economic issues faced by the country, they further stated.
The SLSC, as the apex body representing members involved in international trade, requested all those concerned and involved in protests and strike action, to refrain from disrupting the activities of the Sri Lanka Port, Sri Lanka Customs, Board of Investment (BOI), and the airports to ensure their uninterrupted day-to-day operations, as they are essential services that are critical to the country and its economy.
The smooth operations of these institutions, it stated, will ensure the continuous flow of importation of essentials such as food, fuel, medicines, inputs for exports, and exports, which will facilitate and ensure the inflow of much-needed foreign exchange to sustain the country's economy in these difficult times, the council added.
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