Nearly Done

Around sixty percent of a 1.8 billion-dollar tsunami reconstruction plan will target Tamil Tiger-controlled areas of Sri Lanka, with fisheries and small businesses the main focus, a top official said. Around sixty percent of a 1.8 billion-dollar tsunami reconstruction plan will target Tamil Tiger-controlled areas of Sri Lanka, with fisheries and small businesses the main focus, a top official said. The draft of the three-year plan will be released next week and will be fine-tuned as a final document by month’s end, said Mano Tittawella, senior advisor to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and head of the reconstruction task force.

The plan, he said, was was more or less in accordance with initial assessments of donors.

“We will fine tune it after some discussions with the civic society and donors and then that will be the final document which will be in line with everyone’s expectations,” Tittawella told AFP.

The medium-term plan envisages setting up projects across the country but nearly 60 percent of the reconstruction will be in the north and the east — most of which is under control of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

“The plan will focus on rebuilding fisheries, small business