FTZ Manufacturers highlight Govt’s failings


The Free Trade Zone Manufacturers’ Association (FTZMA) wrote to the Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath yesterday (26) highlighting the Government’s failure to provide basic necessities and requested immediate attention to the power outages, fuel shortages, and gas shortages affecting the Board of Investment’s (BOI) industries. FTZMA reiterated that the current atmosphere and in particular BOI enterprises in the island, have suffered immensely due to lack of uninterrupted power supply, fuel and gas shortages, etc.

“As you are aware BOI exporters are the ones who bring foreign exchange into the country and therefore we are much perturbed by the current uncertainty and unrest in the country due to the Government’s failure to provide basic necessities to the people and our employees are going through severe hardships. We respect our valuable employees exercising their democratic rights in response to such hardships by expressing their resentment in a democratic and peaceful manner.

“We as an industry collective have been always helping the country’s economic wellbeing. Therefore, we believe the responsibility of a government is to ensure smooth operations of the industry. The current situation of the country is not at all conducive. Considering this, we shall express our disappointment on the way your government is managing the situation as there is an imminent danger of major disruption due to employee unrest”.

They urged the support to establish an urgent, solid recovery path back to sustainability and prosperity for the people of this great nation and restore normalcy as quickly as possible.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan