“The private security companies of this country are important stakeholders and an integral element in the ongoing nation building exercise and as such the CEO’s of these organizations bear a vital role of accountability and responsibility in reaching the country’s development goals.” said Major Tissa Aluwihare, President of Sri Lanka Security Service Providers Association.
He was addressing the first ever CEO forum, under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development (Civil Security), held on yesterday at Colombo.
The forum was attended by over 200 Security companies and themed ‘Uplifting the image of the Industry through creating synergy amongst the stake holders’.
Aluwihare said that all stakeholders should forge together to uplift the image of the industry as a whole.
“By consciously synergizing our efforts, we create a WIN-WIN situation for all stakeholders - the guards, the clients, the service providers as well as the Industry Associations and the Regulatory Body, which is the Ministry of Civil Security & Urban Development,” Aluwihare said.
“Over time our Industry will be known to have professional standards with a defined code of conduct, proper rules and legislation enhancing its stature with the governing authority as well as the general public. As SLASSPA, we strive wholeheartedly to achieve this aim for the greater good of the Industry,” said Aluwihare.
“Companies should strive to conform to ethical norms by paying the guards the minimum wage or above, and meeting their statutory dues such as EPF, ETF, etc,”
The chief guest, Damayanthi Jayaratne, Additional Secretary (Civil Security) said that the industry itself must move forward and uplift itself to a high level of professionalism in pace with the economic progress in the country.
Jayaratne underlined the importance of the Industry presenting a united front, ensuring that all companies become professional entities, which stick to the established rules and code of conduct, pays all statutory dues on time, displays care and fairness towards their employees and becomes “good citizens” in the eyes of the law, thus contributing to the strong and steady development of our country”.