Job Watch

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.

After a change of government it is customary to see changes also in the top rung of State departments, corporations and missions abroad.rn

rnThe process is already underway but this time under public scrutiny like never before thanks to civil society groups demanding greater accountability and transparency of any new appointments.rn

rnAn anti-corruption body, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is even heading a special project to monitor and report on appointments to government high posts and the diplomatic corps.rn

rnTISL is also drumming up support among all civil society stakeholders including business chambers, donor agencies and the media.rn

rnldblquote Because we have found a strong nexus between corruption and appointments to high posts,
dblquote says J C Weliamuna, Executive Director TISL.rn

rnSri Lankas public service, comprising government bodies and State owned corporates, is about one million strong.rn

rnThe government administrative services sector alone runs up an annu