What A Mess!

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 PA-JVP led United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) plans to change the countrys economic policy agenda to keep in line with its ideology of a mixed economy, a senior party spokesman said Friday.
The UPFA is looking at ldblquote A new beginning,
dblquote as the Alliances General Secretary Susil Premajayantha explains.rn

rnldblquote We are not returning to the 70s era. That was a closed economy. What we will have is a mixed economy like in India, Malaysia and many other countries,
dblquote Premajayantha told Lanka Business Online in an interview.rn

rnHowever, this also means reshuffling the private-public ownership of different sectors with a UPFA government re-claiming at least, some share of what is currently lined up for divestiture by the UNF government.rn

rnTransport services endash road and rail, petroleum, electricity, ports and airports, water and State banks will not be privatised, say the UPFA.rn

rnUNF reforms in these sectors will be re-evaluated and government involvement in all