Some business leaders think its time to make a collective effort to drive the peace process forward. Some business leaders think its time to make a collective effort to drive the peace process forward. Recently a delegation of business leaders went to South Africa, to find out how the private sector there helped initiate peace in that country.
The Afrikaner National Party that came to power in South Africa in 1940 enacted apartheid laws standardizing racial discrimination.
The challenge was to find an independent convener who could negotiate an end to the apartheid laws in the country.
This was where the business community took over.
A group of top corporates formed an organization called the Consultative Business Movement, to bring in greater democracy.
This movement acted as both, convener to the two conflicting parties and facilitator to constitutional reforms.
The Sri Lankan business community says they too have a similar responsibility and an active role to play in solving the conflict here.
“The business community as a whole is an integral part of the pe