22 September, 2020

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Space For Review Of Critical National Issues

By Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

Early Monday 22nd September morning, a business leader rings and states “Wow! Now there is light at the end of the tunnel”. “Which tunnel? Yet another illusion? To be quickly covered in a black veil of no debate and no Action? Why risk being targeted as a Traitor? Why loose benefits of patronage politics till the end? and  “Why not allow business leaders to get back to their hypnotized sleep mode again?” asks the independent voice.

If there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, it is not too late for the business leaders and the City based social and educated elites to genuinely enter in to separate open intellectual debates on Critical National Issues and let those in governance and those wanting to be in governance, hear their voice and advocacy! The debates must of course be under Chatham House Rules, and be based on upholding the Private Sector Core Values of placing “Sustainable Growth, Democracy, Human Rights, Rule of Law, Equity, Peace and Ethno Religious Harmony of Sri Lanka and All its People, the First Priority”. The Chambers and Chamber Leaders must in fact take the first steps? A weekend is all that is needed at first?

The Review can begin by identifying, at a macro level, the critical national issues. Each of these critical issues should then be expanded in to other key issues, taking the expectations of the Nation and all the people as the foremost important objective. The next step should be to prioritize these and place sometime references in seeing the expected results or the expected change. The key issues can then be classified under related headings. The next step should be to identify the core expected strategic governance responses in effectively managing these critical national challenges and delivering the desired change or key results. The key issues and the required immediate response strategies must then be grouped in to short term (12 months) and medium term (36 months) periods.

The use of appropriately designed plenary and sub group sessions with expertise based resource allocations will lead optimum results from the weekend. The sub group review teams can develop their presentations under the allocated headings and summaries can be presented and debated in a plenary session. A core groups comprising selected group leaders can following the plenary, review the outcomes and compile within a week a formal presentation. This presentation can then be placed in the media, as a draft “Way Forward Strategy” for critique, suggestions and response by other members of the private sector and leaders of civil society as well as the public at large. Allowing two weeks for public critique and one more week for the core group to finalize the presentation based on public responses, the completed ‘Voice of Advocacy Way Forward Strategic Submission’ should be ready to be sent to all relevant leaders in governance and all political parties. The submission recipients must be required to effectively respond to the voice of business and civil society in the manifestos to be released for the expected next round of key elections.

If Chamber and Business Leaders and the City based social and educated elites take up this challenge, then certainly there will be some hope of light at the end of the tunnel. 

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    Has this guy – Chandra J – lost the plot, or what?!

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      Chandra, The Chinese-Colombo port city which will be a an environmental disaster and social catastophe for vulnerable coastal communities is being built for the business community and Namal’s Formula 1 car race track and more Casinos. Please take this up at your next forum.

      Where will the soil for the new city come from? Where will it cause erosion of coastal areas given wave patterns and sea level rise. Where is the ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS?

      This so called Colombo port city will be an ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER for impoverished coastal communities on the west and south coasts of Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka is far more exposed and vulnerable to environmental disasters and sea level changes due to its EXTREME EXPOSURE at the tip of the South Asian land mass. There is no land on either side of the island to buffer or protect it from shocks or Tsunamis that originate far away!

      Because of this it will be more difficult to reclaim land from the ocean because of this. Also, sea level rise can magnify a COASTAL COMMUNITY NATURAL DISASTER when there is erosion upstream and down stream of the Colombo port city project. The Chinese Colombo port city should be ABOLISHED and ALL the environmental groups and JVP must join to educate the Sinhala Modayas and PROTEST the ENVIRONMENTAL disaster that this will mean for coastal communities along the western, southern and northern coasts – a SLOW TSUNAMI!

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    Your concerns are not the concerns of ordinary SL people.

    They have their own concerns.

    e.g. Devolution is not a concern of ordinary SL people. They have bigger problems.

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      Tamodaya you Madaiya:

      I agree Devloution is not the concern of ordinary Sinkalams. There concern is how to consolidate the Colonisation and let me tell you MR is not going to succeed.

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    Chandra:
    Noble sentiments, indeed! However, there are many of us who, time and time again, have detailed the fact that those you look to for rescue have proven themselves, over and over again, a huge part of the problem and NOT a part of the solution. The so-called “educated, business elites” are, if anything, MORE guilty of the crimes being perpetrated on the people of this country than those with their hands on the levers of power. THAT is the reality!

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    Who is a “business leader ” ???? No such things exist among Chandra’s friends !

    They are all spineless wimps.

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    Another Friday dodos talk shop… yawn..

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    Chandra has played a key consistent role to wake up professionals and business elite. I commend his efforts and was encouraged by his interview on the MTV in the program Insights. He remains consistent and convincing. But, he has not been able to get his voice heard by the community and the associations he represented not so long ago.
    There are no national issues for the ” business elite” The sights are on the bottom line profit margin. Their entire focus is to identify the backs to licks, line up at functions to bend and worship the powers that be, secure the political favors to further their business interests all costs.
    The comments above from readers gives a very poor opinion the public hold on the business elite.
    There is no collective voice to represent the views of the private sector from a national point of view.
    It is clear that the leaders of professional associations, business chambers and business collectives to do not play their role or are making the position to help their businesses.

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      Sorry. On the past posting. The EXCEPTION being Mr Upul Jayasooriya of the BASL. A leader of the BASL with a clear national feel for the national issues and his role

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