The dawn of the New Year instinctively inspires us to look to the future with optimism and determination. Therefore, we welcome the year 2022 with great enthusiasm and anticipation.
We need to reflect on the impact the past year has had on the country and society, and I believe that this should be with a resolution for future prosperity.
I am confident that the New Year will provide an opportunity to further the steps taken by the government to pursue and overcome challenges and strengthen the people-centric economy. The economy and livelihoods, that have been adversely affected by the prevailing pandemic, will be further safeguarded. We will be able to implement the plans for this purpose under the new normal. We must move towards prosperity with self-confidence, dedication and unity. In this regard, the challenges we have overcome as well as the experiences we have gained will inspire us in the New Year.
The global pandemic has adversely affected the progress of realizing the expectations of the people. Nevertheless, national security and co-existence have been further consolidated at the present time. A number of new reforms are being formulated. Steps have been taken to resume dormant development projects and programmes and vest them in the public. The government’s action in the face of the destructive effects of the covid pandemic on the lives of Sri Lankans has been hailed globally. I am pleased to say that the freedom you enjoy today, even in the midst of pandemic restrictions, is the result of the immense sacrifice that all people of this country have made.
The rejection by the great number of patriots of baseless political tussles that have led to harassment of the people is an affirmation of the people’s trust in government.
I see our ability to build new foreign relations whilst strongly maintaining historical diplomatic ties as a significant investment.
I invite everyone to make the New Year a transformational year dedicated to realizing the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor” for the people.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and spirited New Year.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, December 31, 2021