22 May, 2022


The President’s Vision & Effective Risk Management

By Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

Dear Mr. President,

You have yesterday, during the opening session of the 8th Parliament, in announcing the Policy Statement of the new National Unity Government, clearly articulated the vision of ushering in reconciliation, mutual understanding, sustainable and equitable socio economic development and religious harmony, realized through a new political culture of consensus politics, where key national policies and practices of compassionate governance will remain unchanged over the long term, and lead to a country where the benefits of sustainable growth and prosperity, peace and harmony will be shared by all citizens.

The civil society whilst endorsing the announced vision looks forward to actively engaging and supporting the new initiatives of the government, in its bid to assure the timely realization of the priority commitments announced.

Ranil Chandrika MaithripalaThe civil society however wishes to caution you that an effective risk management processes, independently carried out by competent multi disciplinary professional team and led by a like minded leader, are essential to realize the vision of the new government.

The structures and processes of risk management must be embedded within the governance framework and must have the capability to identify and assess the likelihood of any high risks crystallizing during the governance process. The probability and severity of the likely impact, from such identified potential risks facing the new government in realizing its vision, must be subject to assessment well before any amber light signals appear. The risk management capability should in addition, prior identify and develop mitigation action options. Effective management action plans must also be in place with essential capability and resource backing, and in a state of readiness to be brought out to face the likely challenges, no sooner the dedicated risk management team deems it is essential that such plans must be activated.

The key risks likely to impact negatively in realizing the vision include;

1. Holding the new coalition government together, despite the partners representing separate political parties; collectively enjoying a two third majority in parliament enabling the passage of essential enactments; and being readily supported by a progressive and effective opposition, which is critical where necessary but supportive of the agreed national policies of compassionate governance and sustainable value addition; and being duly supported in governance by a cohesive team of Ministers, Legislators and Key Officials, all of whom are committed to realize the vision, despite expected challenges; with all singing from the same hymn sheet of agreed national policies and practices of compassionate governance; working as a team with the sole aim of realizing growth, prosperity, peace, harmony , amity and national reconciliation for the sustainable benefit of all citizens; being aware of the risks if punitive action needs to be taken against leaders and members of present and past regime for any acts of corruption, waste, mismanagement and misappropriation of public funds

2. Ensuring an external environment where Sustainable and Effective Peace, Harmony, Reconciliation, Religious Amity prevails; with shared spaces and effective understanding amongst diverse communities and segments of society; and facilitates celebrating diversity; and drives national unity and shared visions, which uphold accepted societal norms:

3. Ensuring that Effective Power sharing and devolution of power, which upholds the principles of subsidiarity are effectively in practice ; and resolves the long standing national question through an acceptable political solution and obviates any future conflicts:

4. Enactment of a new constitution which ensures that the sovereignty is effectively in the hands of the people, promotes national security, national integrity, peace, harmony, reconciliation , and religious amity; with an acceptable electoral system; embedded freedoms and rights; and ensures democratic governance that is fair and equitable; and encompass all essential checks and balances for good governance, rule of law and justice systems which prevail with effective segregation of independent powers of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary:

5. Fair and equitable application of the rule of law and justice systems ensure internal security and leaves no room for terrorism, extremism, nationalism, hate speech and undesirable elements of society to mislead the people and create chaos disrupting the forward march towards growth and prosperity of all:

6. Ensure Good governance; with transparency and right to information, and effective and equitable national resource allocations; minimizes waste and corruption; eliminates nepotism; promotes meritocracy and gender equality; and ensures effective and functioning of independent public institutions and regulatory agencies:

7. Ensure sustainable and equitable economic development; associated with poverty alleviation and creation of new sources of national value addition, new livelihood options ;with fair and equitable opportunities for all segments of society; and promotes the rights of vulnerable segments of society including the elderly, women, youth, children and disadvantaged/disabled

8. Effectively overcome the Challenges of Change Management in implementing the economic/ fiscal and balance of payment linked reforms agenda; which envelops initiatives aimed at promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness of resource management; development of a culture of shared services and alliances/networks based competitiveness; policy reforms for enhancement of productivity, quality and competiveness; reforms aimed at having a more acceptable and sustainable growth options with sector focused reforms driving value added exports, innovative high skills leveraging industries and services; public sector reforms; and policy reforms covering trade, investment, technology transfers; and effective external and public debt management; strategies aimed at controlling inflation and managing exchange rates via more effective, enhanced and sustainable state revenues raising measures and focused state expenditure and budget deficit management; and promotion of innovation and research as the key tool for competitiveness:
9. Human Development through policies, practices and allocation of resources for empowerment via education, skills development, health and nutrition and work practices and cultures aimed at improving productivity, quality, competiveness, and teamwork:

10. Protection and assurance of the sustainability of the ecology and environment: promotion of acceptable carbon footprints; and controlled exploitation of natural resource; sustainable mining and extraction industries; and development of cost efficient alternate energy options:

11. Effective and friendly International relations with all nations; enhance value addition benefits from expanded trade, services, investments and technology transfers; promote close and supportive relations with key neighbouring countries, emerging nations of the Asian region and the developed western nations; effectively manage any potential risks of international community led charges/sanctions over purported war crimes and state sponsored atrocities and unlawful acts purportedly carried out by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies
Managing effectively any potential Leadership succession risks

It is recommended for your kind consideration the essential need to set up a dedicated independent unit to support the risk management initiatives of the new coalition government. The new unit must be endowed with necessary human and other resources. This unit should have as its terms of reference, the effective and proactive risk identification, risk assessment, risk mitigation planning and risk management implementation action. It is essential that the new independent risk management function must have oversight responsibilities going across the governance framework and include the oversight and network authority over the political party mechanisms within the coalition, the office of the Prime Minister, the members of the Cabinet, and key ministry officials. The terms of reference and empowerments granted to the proposed Risk Management unit must permit and encourage it having effectively in place, dispute resolution type empowerments; including mentoring and guiding accountability with powers of mediation and arbitration, where risks identified early can be effectively mitigated by such processes.

Madame Chandrika Kumaratunga being a key mover, committed and dedicated to ensuring the realization of the new coalition government’s objective of realizing its vision, would an ideal candidate to lead this initiative, working in close network with you as the President and the Prime Minster. She and the risk management unit must, in carrying out defined tasks will need to be supported by a risk management council of like minded leaders of society and a pool of human resources being handpicked multidisciplinary team of professionals

I trust that this submission, made with the sole aim of seeing you and the new government realize its vision, will receive the careful review and attention yourself and your committed leadership action

Yours Sincerely,
Chandra Jayaratne

CC. The Prime Minister and Key Cabinet Ministers and Madame Chandrika Kumaratunge

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    This [Edited out] Chandra J is at his old games again. [Edited out]

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    Wonder whether Dr Mahendran is getting a pay rise ,now that the new Financial year has started under Yahapalanaya Mk 11…

    I saw Sira saying something about the caste , and he is against those surnames of the Dalits with ge names .

    Other than that there wasn’t much about feeding the Dalits by giving the adults jobs, and the kids good schools .

    The Elite in Colombo are already smashing it.

    The new Boss of ODEL says the Elite are loaded so much , that he is going for a spanking new Mega Shopping Mall, with 30,000 Square metres with all goodies just for the Colombo Elite..

    And closing down the outlets in Mahragama, Wattala and JaEla.

    May be the Dalits there don’t have the dough now to buy Odel’s undies .

    No wonder Batalanada said it will be all new country by the time he finishes in 60 months.

    But Sira said this Yahapalanaya has only only 2 years before the expiry date ,

    Why is then Batalanada keeps harping about a 60 month stint to give the Elite , Anglicans, Vellalas and the Wahabis their no corruption, no nepotism no commission , no Pathalaya, and no Amphetamines, new Government where guys and gals will be all well cultured.

    Batalanada has already look the part in his wool blend DB suit and the Cousin in her original Ray Bans from London.

    Or is it a gift from Cherie.!!!!

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    Risk management is the new buzzword?! What happened to strategic thinking to begin with?!

    90 Cabinet Minsters most of them corrupt and incompetent messing with national institutions is going to be a massive development policy disaster! There will be NO policy coherence but rather policy fragmentation and grid lock with so many corrupt clowns who have been bribed with cabinet posts!

    The straight question to ask Mr. Jayaratne is: Why cannot the SLFP and UNP leaders EDUCATE their own colleagues to do the right thing for the sake of honesty and decency, rather than offering them Cabinet post Bribes?
    Leadership from the rear end seems to be Sirisena’s and Ranil’s style, which in fact is moral corruption and turpitude. Sirisena of course takes the cake!

    Having given MR and cronies nominations for the SLFP at the elections, to add insult to injury, Sirisena is foisting on the people his cabinet of corrupt morons, with the financial criminal Sumathipala, from the SLFP because Sirisena is no leader and cannot DO THE RIGHT THING and EDUCATE the SLFP Politicians to do the right thing for the country, rather than for bribes of cabinet posts!
    Instead Sirisena is bribing the corrupt clowns in the SLFP to support him – for all the world to see. So, how can you have good governance when the cabinet 90 is reeking with corruption?
    In short, why cannot the so-called political leaders lead from the fornt instead of back stabbing each other and keeping the masses IGNORANT so the party for corrupt politicians in the Diyawenna Parliament can proceed unhindered with all the Parliamentary privileges that Ranil can summon?!
    Civil society like yourself is also in such a mind warp from the entrench political culture of corruption and the latest international jargon of “risk assessment” its cannot think strategically or educate the masses, never mind the people of Lanka. What a sad state of affairs.

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      Dodo, you are right, Jayaratne and the Friday Fogies that he works with like Dhannapala are all into playing palace politics, justifying corruption and covering it up in the name of National Government and reconciliation and even a ‘new political culture’.

      Sirisena’s mask is off – he is a product of a rotten political culture and entrenching the rot further – in the name of reconciliation and good governance of course.

      So, the corrupt clown Thilanga Sumathipala is Deputy Speaker in the parliament of corrupt clowns with another Jarapassa stooge tipped to be leader of the opposition. And all the cases against corrupt politicians are being withdrawn or thrown out to preserve the facade that politicians in the Diya-wenna parliament are honest gentlemen, so the political circus can go on..
      And Jayaratne prating about risk management rather fundamental principles is the joke of the season. He of course wants to head his own risk management society that will be the apex policy body in the Miracle of Modayas!

  • 1

    Mr.President. It is a very good speech but nothing in substance or practice. The first and foremost is for you and your government is to address the Tamil issue. It can be done very soon if you , your government and the Sinhalese people have the will to do it. The priority for the government is to address the Tamil issues.

    1.Remove the armed forces from the North and return all private lands to its owners.
    2. The Tamils will not accept a domestic investigation into the crimes committed during the war but an International panel to investigate.
    3. Devolve powers to the provinces. The Tamils expect a federal solution to the conflict.
    4. The whereabouts of the missing persons has to be found and their kith and kin should be informed.

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    Mr. Chandra Jayaratne

    *** You have talked about almost everything which is commendable but have Intentionally left out the most important thing which is ACCOUNTABILTY.

    The word ACCOUNTABLITY seems to be a derogatary word for the entire Sinhalese Population. That is why there is so much effort gone into fool the World that an Internal Inquiry will answer that thorny issue.
    It suits your purpose to Protect those responsible for the Genocide.
    For Tamils without Accounatablity Reconciliations is meaningless.

    Just consider this:

    LTTE who fought for Freedom from Sinhalese Tyrrany have been wiped out.
    But a democratically elected Government who were singatories to the UN Charter to Uphold Human Rights blatantly violated those principles but are still Free and about to get away with Murder.
    That cant be right can it.

    If you are a civilsed decent person answer that question.

    Sri Lanka might escape the Net this time round but the World will see Sri Lanka for what it is and next year and even USA will be forced to do a U Turn.

  • 1

    Full of jargon and catch phrases….who bothers to read rubbish like this !

    I love the FRIDAY FOGIES ! brilliant name for them.

  • 0

    When you want to catch people’s attention make it short. Chandra will never learn. Even when he talks he likes to hear the sound of his own voice.

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