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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.

Key stakeholders in the private sector, government and the donor community are getting together to set up a Development Portal, aligned with a larger World Bank development initiative.
The web site portal is being billed as an important link in the government e-Sri Lanka initiative. rn

rnThe web site plans to connect the countries development partners from donors to government agencies while supporting both social and economic development in the country.rn

rnldblquote It is connected to the Global Development Foundation funded by the World Bank, the Government of Japan and big information technology companies,
dblquote says Dr. Harsha de Silva, Advisor, Sri Lanka Development Gateway.rn

rnldblquote It is going to be connected to various content providers of Sri Lanka. It will be connecting Sri Lanka to outside world as well as connecting outside world to Sri Lanka,
dblquote he says.rn

rnThe development gateway site is trying to help disseminate this information by becoming a partner to the lar