The private security industry is an emerging industry and the support provided by the industry is immense as it contributes to national security, said (retired) Defense Secretary-General Kamal Gunaratne.
âIn addition to contributing to the economy and creating job opportunities for citizens; more importantly for personnel who served in Sri Lanka’s armed services, private security companies play a greater role in ensuring the national security of the country which has evolved into a wider range of security needs in the recent past â , he declares.
The Defense Secretary made the remarks while addressing the Sri Lanka Association of Security Service Providers’ Annual General Meeting – 2021 as the guest of honor.
He also said: “Having the responsibility for ensuring national security as Secretary of Defense, I firmly believe that the members of the nearly 150,000 private security entities have become an integral part of it, as stakeholders of the national security apparatus in Sri Lanka â.
Referring to the president’s election manifesto, he said he gave the lion’s share to national security. He said the Defense Secretary is responsible for national security whether it fails or succeeds, adding that the command, authority, responsibility and accountability of national security also rests on his shoulders.
Also speaking to the pioneers of Sri Lankan private security services, he said it was an emerging industry showing development across the country despite the current economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .
This development is driven by various factors, including increased pressure for risk mitigation by businesses and corporations, he explained.
Illustrating the many challenges facing this industry, such as adequate knowledge of multitasking and technology to perform safety and security functions, he stressed that âskills development becomes a crucial factor where investment in human capital becomes vital to prepare it to take on greater responsibilities. â.
Citing low benefits, lack of compensation, lack of appropriate insurance policies and career development opportunities for employees as the main causes that led to the weakening of the industry, General Gunaratne said considered that their directorates should take appropriate measures to reduce these losses in order to maintain the quality of their services.
The Defense Secretary also underscored the critical need to transition to sophisticated technology, specialized security academies and training in order to cope with advancements in technology and growing security threats.
“To support all entities of the security service providers in Sri Lanka and to improve their coordination with the government, the Ministry of Defense as the line ministry and the State Ministry of National Security and Management of disasters under my jurisdiction have set certain parameters to regulate the registration process of private security agencies and expect all agencies to adhere to these regulations to maintain harmony and sustainability in this industry, âhe said. he said, claiming a web-based registration system that would be introduced from 2022.
The President of the Association of Security Service Providers of Sri Lanka (SLASSPA), officers as well as members of SLASSPA and distinguished guests were present at the event which was held in accordance with guidelines in health care.