Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday called upon the Tamil people living all over the world to be institutionalised in their commercial ventures to win over the Tamil peoples’ aspirations.
“We would have flown towards victory long ago, like a Phoenix rising from its ashes, if all the commercial and trade activities of the Tamil people all over the world had been brought into a structured form and transformed into helping hands for their kith and kin in their motherland who had been devastated by the merciless war “ the Chief Minister said in a video message to the “London Tamil Market 2016” commenced yesterday at the Harrow Leisure Centre, organized by British Tamil Chamber of Commerce with the collaboration of Narchyar Events.
The Chief Minister in his speech emphasised that the integration and the efficient organization of the economy and the human resources of the Tamil Diaspora, including the financial resources, intellectual and industrial skills, could definitely be the key to the prosperity of the Tamil people.
Read the Chief Minister’s full speech to the Commons below:
I send my best wishes to the 2nd “London Tamil Market” of the British Tamil Chamber of Commerce to be held on 9th and 10th of April, with the objective of successfully improving trade endeavours of Tamil people living in Great Britain.
The Trade Fair plays an important role among the tasks undertaken by British Tamil Chamber of Commerce to build up the economical strength of Tamil people through institutionalized activity, taking in all types of commercial and trade ventures of the Tamil people in Great Britain. I regret due to my heavy work load I am unable to participate in this event and meet all of you personally.
It will be a great strength to the Tamil people if they could win over not only their social and economical aspirations but also their political aspirations. This would be possible when the commercial ventures of the Tamil people living all over the world are institutionalised and their economic strength enhanced.
We would have flown towards victory long ago, like a Phoenix rising from its ashes, if all the commercial and trade activities of the Tamil people all over the world had been brought into a structured form and transformed into helping hands for their kith and kin in their motherland who had been devastated by the merciless war. However we were confronted with blockades also in obtaining necessary aid. We sincerely believe that such confrontations have become a story of the past and a golden era is drawing nigh, where we could get whatever aid we need without any hindrance.
Granting complete authority in governance to us is the only way for rehabilitation of the former militants or for looking after the well-being of thousands of widows who have lost their husbands to war or to ensure the prosperity of the entire Tamil people.
The integration and the efficient organization of the economy and the human resources of the Tamil Diaspora, including the financial resources, intellectual and industrial skills, could definitely be the key to the prosperity of our people. I had already expressed in detail my opinion, as to what kind of assistance our Tamil Diaspora could contribute to their motherland at the National Conference of the University Grants Commission held on 13th February 2014. I also expressed my candid opinion that their assistance is essential for our well-being.
Recently, we had taken action to link our Jaffna Region with the Regional Local Government unit coming under the Kingston Surbiton Borough, where several Tamil people are residing by arranging a Twinning Program – For several months it had met with setbacks but now it appears to materialise. However I wish to state here that such signs of progress should be welcomed. I believe that the proposed Chief Minister’s Fund also would be accepted soon.
The Northern Provincial Council shall be ever ready to collaborate with the Tamil Diaspora for the well being of the people and the development of our regions which had been devastated by the war. We sincerely hope that the British Tamil Chamber of Commerce will join hands with us in this regard.
I take this opportunity to request the other Tamil commercial entrepreneurs in other countries also to take the British Tamil Chamber of Commerce as an example and act in an organized manner developing their commercial ventures more and more to enable them to take part in the alleviation of the sufferings of the people of their motherland. It is my belief that our commercial entrepreneurs in other countries will join this type of organizational ventures and provide us with a global support very soon. Then only will we be able to give impetus to an Economical Movement for our prosperity. Tamil speaking people, wherever they live in the world should unite together. We should unite socially, economically, culturally and by language.
I send my best wishes praying that the London Tamil Market of British Tamil Chamber of Commerce which was successfully held last year be more successful this year and congratulate all Tamil commercial entrepreneurs who are to take part in it.