Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, delivering the key note address stated that “ in an era where issues such as social justice, equality in the market economy and religious extremism are prevalent, the fertility of our nations now hinge upon us having an open dialogue and a willingness to compromise while keeping all strategies such as our historical trade backgrounds, multiple effects of globalization, our unique religious ethics, practices and culture endemic to us and the current challenges and opportunities in mind “.
Prime Minister added "as indicated by the World Bank, south Asia with the highest growth rate in the world, is the best place to live in. Today’s Sri Lanka has established a national government, consisting both leading political parties, under the distinguished leadership of President Mithripala Sirisena, in order to strengthen the democracy by introducing conventional political system. Through this political access, not only a political stability but bilateral coherence ion creating a stable economic framework too, has been created.
This new trend is a timely requirement where a divided political background was in existence for over three decades. Economic reforms have received a new strength in this back ground. "
He also said “Long term ambition of Sri Lanka has been to be converted to a geo-economic hub in the Indian Ocean. With this objective, we strive to introduce a series of major economic reforms combined with a giant plan for infrastructure facilities”.