13th August, 2015
JOINT BUSINESS CHAMBERS AND ORGARNISATION OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS URGES TO FOSTER AND GURANTEE COMMUNAL, RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS HARMONY DURING AND AFTER ELECTIONS
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), The National Chamber of Exporters ( NCE), The Joint Apparel Associations Forum ( JAAF) The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) International Chamber of Commerce – Sri Lanka (ICC) together with the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) which is the Apex Body representing all recognized professional associations in the country, appeals to the leaders of all political parties and every candidate seeking a mandate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections to be held on the 17th August, 2015 to foster and guarantee communal, racial and religious harmony during the period of Elections and thereafter.
We strongly believe that the country has undergone many calamities and socio-political upheavals, resulting in instability in the past few decades, thus preventing the nation realizing its dreams. Such an environment ultimately brought about the current economic setbacks and therefore it is immensely important for all concerned parties to appreciate the imminent need for stability, the social cohesion and the communal, racial and religious harmony to build a prosperous nation.
We also appeal to all the constituents to be conscious of the above and cast their votes with utmost responsibility, and elect a stable government that can truly carry forward a national agenda enabling and guaranteeing all Sri Lankan to live in harmony.
On our part we are committed towards a nation of communal, inter-racial and inter-religious harmony.