Firm commitment given to investors even with difficulties: State Minister CabraalOctober, 6, 2020
The State Minister was responding to a question raised by SJB MP Kabir Hashim in parliament today (06).
MP Kabir Hashim: After the war, the growth rate increased in 2012, but again in 2013 it decreased by 4.5%. There was no huge growth spurt as you all saying. It was construction driven, and there was no huge growth in the country. No production drive. It was a temporary thing.
State Minister Cabraal: I’m giving facts and figures from Sri Lanka’s Central Bank report. So if you have a problem with those please go and fight with them. We have had a growth of just 3.7%. That is all. 3.7% during the period of the Yahapalana Government. That was all. Before that during President Mahinda Rajapaksa's regime, the total average annual growth was 6.8%. Now we are getting the country back on the growth track and we have given a firm commitment to investors that even with the difficulties that we are facing. Even with the lesser amount of reserves we have inherited, we will still honor all our debts and we will continue to do that."