President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says decisions that are not popular will have to be taken in future, in order to face the global economic crisis and to lead the country towards prosperity.
President Rajapaksa said although such decisions will be criticized, the public will reap the benefits in the near future.
The Head of State therefore requested the public to recognise that strict restrictions are being imposed, since the country has very limited options at present.
President Rajapaksa made these observations while addressing the Presidential Export Awards ceremony held in Colombo yesterday.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Sri Lankans must realise the present situation of the country where it is facing many issues.
The Head of State commented that Sri Lanka lost US$ five billion worth foreign revenue generated through tourism, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Rajapaksa noted that the tourism industry also facilitated more than three million jobs both directly and indirectly.
The President pointed out that all countries, be it developed or poor were affected by the pandemic, adding Sri Lanka faced a majority of its impacts due to being a smaller economy.
President Rajapaksa recalled how the government managed the economy, since it was mainly funded by revenue generated through tourism and remittances from expatriates.
However, the President said the loss of such income sources meant the downfall of the economy.