The United National Party had promised the ACMC two national list seats but had later decided on one seat, as a result of which Hameed lost the opportunity to get into Parliament.The ACMC had picked another member to fill the national list seat and Bathiudeen said that the party had no rift with the United National Party or the new coalition Government despite being given only one national list seat. Hameed has been suspended after he had reportedly ignored warnings by the party leadership to avoid making comments against the United National Party. He however said that Hameed had shown his displeasure at the move and had spoken against the United National Party and its coalition partners despite being advised not to do so.As a result, the ACMC has decided to suspend Hameed from his post and the party. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Bathiudeen told reporters today that Hameed had been unhappy over the failure by the United National Party to give the ACMC two national list slots in Parliament. The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Bathiudeen has suspended its party Generl Secretary Y.L.S Hameed.Bathiudeen said that the Supreme Council of the party had decided today to suspend Hameed over allegations he had violated party discipline.
“In recent years, many countries in Africa have experienced significant economic growth and progress in human development. However, inclusive and sustainable industrial development remains elusive,” said Mr. in his message on the Day, marked annually on 20 November.He pointed out that both youth unemployment and gender inequity jeopardize the continent’s efforts to eradicate poverty. The private sector in Africa contributes to a projected 80 per cent of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) and supports an estimated 90 per cent of all jobs. SMEs have a pivotal role to play in the industrial development of Africa. Nevertheless, the UN chief noted that the opportunities for youth and women generated by SMEs are limited, thus failing to harness the full entrepreneurial potential of the continent. “This means less capacity for transformative socio-economic development, innovation and value addition,” he said. The theme for this year’s Day is ‘SMEs for Poverty Eradication and Job Creation for Women and Youth.’ In his message, the Secretary-General stressed that Africa needs to invest in training and education for women and youth to industrialize, grow the private sector and achieve sustainable development. “SMEs can provide a solid foundation for sustained economic growth, job creation and poverty eradication,” he added.The important contribution of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in helping Africa to overcome its critical development challenges is clearly recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by United Nations Member States in September. “I reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to enhance Africa’s SME sector and stimulate economic opportunities for women and youth to promote the continent’s progress towards economically enriched, socially inclusive and prosperous societies,” concluded Mr. Ban.