Colombo, September 3 (newsin.asia): For the first time in history, Sri Lanka’s economy showed a negative impact due to the closure of the country for more than three months in 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told the Special Committee on COVID Control here on Friday.
He said that citizens should understand the reality as a country with a small economy, and that all parties must take responsible decisions to move forward while protecting the economy.
However, at the same time he extended the on-going lockdown to September 13
The Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa said that the continued functioning of the factories in the export sector is a great relief for the economy and that this was done due to the success of the vaccination program which was implemented amidst the quarantine curfew.
Many countries in the world are re-opening to the tourism sector, the President said and pointed out the potential the industry has to achieve successful results by correct decision making.
The President also instructed the Heads of the Health Sector institutions to expedite the process of issuance of health guidelines for the promotion of tourism operations in line with the Covid eradication program.