( November 10, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Honorable Speaker, as the 20th Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka, it is my privilege to present the 71st Budget for 2017. The 2nd Budget of the national government of ‘Yahapalanaya’ (Good Governance), duly united to create a new economic and social order for the betterment of the country will not only provide relief for the people of Sri Lanka but also pave the way for sustainable growth. The national government under the outstandingly astute leadership of the President, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister, Honorable Ranil Wickramasinghe will continue to serve the nation with unwavering commitment to create a better tomorrow for all Sri Lankans. What we witness is an extraordinarily unique political landscape which is ideally poised to serve the nation providing remarkable benefits to the people of Sri Lanka as we progress through an absolutely challenging journey to reach our goal of prosperity.
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