While emphasizing the need for integrity in leadership, new Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has declared that he will fear no one while discharging his duties.
Addressing the staff of the bank today, soon after assuming duties as the 14th Governor, Coomaraswamy said, “During my meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena, he told me ‘do your work in a straight way, and do not fear anyone in discharging your duties’,” Coomaraswamy said.
“Now my intention is to follow his direction and carry out my functions according to his wishes,” the new Governor who accepted his letter of appointment from President Sirisena today morning said.
He also disclosed that during a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Premier had outlined his vision for Sri Lanka. “There is a big role for the Central Bank to play in helping realize this vision,” he said.
Coomaraswamy noted that it was the Central Bank’s responsibility to help create a platform for macro-economic stability with strong macro-economic fundamentals, which will pave the way for financial sector stability.
“I genuinely believe that nothing else will take off, if we don’t fulfill our functions well. We have a big responsibility,” he said.
Coomaraswamy also called on his staff to work as one. “I need the cooperation of each and every one. We need to have a common objective. Not all of us are going to be fond of each other, but we need to be professional enough to put those differences aside and achieve our common objective,” he said.
He also specified three concepts; integrity, technical excellence and professionalism, as the guiding principles for him and the staff to move forward.
“And, if any of you think I am not living up to those principles, please find a way of getting that message to the 15th floor (Office of the Governor). Because, in terms of leadership, it’s important that I set the example. I will do my best, and if there are shortcomings, I would like to hear about it. I also want to encourage a culture of discussion, openness, debate,” Coomaraswamy added ( By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph)