From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The Joint Business Forum on Wednesday, while expressing support for the newly elected Freedom Alliance, rolled out what it saw as a list of priorities for the new government.

The top business grouping identified the peace process, the economy, bribery and corruption and infrastructure development as priority areas for the next UPFA government.rn

rnIt also added that it looked forward to a ldblquote strong private sector-government
dblquote relationship under the new regime.rn

rnJBiz called for an economic policy ldblquote based on export lead growth
dblquote and a development plan for the next six years backed by yearly national targets.rn

rnThe organisation suggests implementing the development plan by setting up ldblquote an independent monitoring mechanism to ensure that the Ministers and others responsible achieve these targets.

rnCoal power, port and airport development, highways and transport were high on the list of infrastructure priorities identified for immediate actio