The business community, worried about the fragile ceasefire agreement between the government and LTTE is keen to a resumption of direct peace talks

The business community, worried about the fragile ceasefire agreement between the government and LTTE is keen to a resumption of direct peace talks. The business community, worried about the fragile ceasefire agreement between the government and LTTE is keen to a resumption of direct peace talks. Businessmen from South Africa were here last week to share their experience in establishing democracy there.

Corporate leaders here were however unable to agree on the role they can play to take the peace process forward.

The ceasefire and opening the main highway to the Northern Peninsula changed the lives of people there who had no access to goods and services from the outside.

It also created business links.

Cheap farm produce from the North eased supply worries in the south.
Colombo centric business from banks to consumer electronic retailers went to the North to meet pent up demand financed by the Tamil Diaspora.

But Business people are now worried.

Sri Lankan business leaders met last week to learn from the experience of South African businessmen who helped in the transition of that country to a democracy.

The meeting was