10 - Bukit Darah
Let me begin in saying with humility how pleased I am to receive this award this year, which reflects an enormous amount of dedicated work done by our work force, management teams, directorates at multiple geographical locations around the Asian region. We have been fighting many battles to sustain our business objectives in the recent past, particularly in the last year and a half. This year on the review and the current year, the group has had to battle up unprecedented challenges to sustain business plans for reasons beyond the management's control. Bukit Darah Group, for those who may not know, encompasses the business initiatives of Carson Cumberbatch, Lion Breweries, Good Hope Asia, Guardian Equity and Pegasus Reef Sub Groups, operating in Sri Lanka and in the Asian regiion.
Looking back at the last few years of financial reporting the core business of the group underwent a tremendous amount of commercially challenging events and impediments and its business plans had to undergo fair amounts of challenges to overcome them. Particularly in the flood related environment, commodity market collapses and particularly in overseas operations we were faced with a tremendous amount of negatives. However, on a fortunate note I'm pleased to say that the worst is over, and the future looks pretty bright it is visibly seen to us we are in the correct path for progress. The reason for our group to come to this state of stability is a fundamentally strong character in our businesses, coupled with cutting edge smartness of our human resource that we have in our management teams along with a strong commitment from our stakeholders, shareholders and clientele. On a very positive note we have positioned ourselves on a fresh leaf of courage and strength.
We do look forward to a bright and sustainable ‘business as usual' in all our ventures. Being a group that operates across several cross boarders, multicultural political trajectories we see the commercial world having bigger challenges than in the past. Particularly in the last 24 months and we'll see that happening as we go on in the future as well. Changes in political ideologies, changes in market dynamics, and more importantly the complexities of commercial power basses and power based sensualities has made doing business more challenging than in the past. However, the smartness as I said before of our people have made us achieve the target that we have set forth to achieve.
We believe that Sri Lanka is now positioned to be an influence to reckon with and if we act with smartness coupled with hard work we will achieve the goals that we have set forth to achieve. It is in this backdrop I would like to commend the organisers of this magnificent event for recognising Bukit Darah this year, which compliments and encourages all what the Group has achieved during the year on the review. This forum for many years has served as a unique platform to bring together the dynamics of political and business visions.
I am thankful to the honorable Prime Minister, Ministers of the Government in patronising this occasion signifying their endorsement of this event.