grit; Lankan spirit
This picture taken at the Blue Water Hotel when swirling waters
hit the bottom floor says it all about last week's tragedy. The
far greater challenge however lies in the weeks ahead when the task
of rebuilding the nation and healing the affected gets underway.
gigantic effort is required in the rebuilding process with the number
one priority being one single word - COORDINATION. Scores of individuals,
families and groups are pitching in wanting to help but not sure
how to go. The government must bring in the private sector in the
rebuilding effort in a partnership that would utilise the administrative
mechanism plus the expertise and financial resources of the business
private sector is far more efficient than government and should
be driving this initiative - together as a group; not divided on
chamber lines. There must be an umbrella organisation as our graphic
shows that will prepare a strategy plan, monitor and implement it
for affected communities. If an individual or family wants to for
example help a village or provide a drinking well facility, this
mechanism should provide that opportunity.
would have been nice to see our business and chamber leaders rolling
up their sleeves and fancy western suits, touring the affected regions
and consoling the people.
need to show the community that they care - not just by doling out
money. It is still not too late to do so. Lankan grit; Lankan spirit
- is what we need from the business community. Everywhere - from
foreign tourists to local survivors - we hear of the selfless efforts
of many Sri Lankans.
crisis thus is clearly binding the nation together, providing the
healing it needs to overcome a bigger hurdle - the ethnic conflict.
- Business Editor