Sri Lanka’s UNP plans 5-point strategy to boost economy, ensure freedoms

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party will follow a five point strategy to take the country forward by building a competitive economy ensuring freedom, investing in education and infrastructure and ending corruption, officials said.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said it was not a political manifesto but a plan for a country where they hoped to get everyone together in a new parliament.

"We do not want to limit this to politicians," Wickremesinghe told a forum in Colombo.

"We want to set up a consultative assembly with the civil society and intellectuals. Also we will seek the views at village level."

"We will start a system of consensus based politics going beyond Wes Minister politics."

Sri Lanka needed a strong economy to provide jobs to the people.

"We need a strong market economy and ensure that social justice is met," Wickremesinghe said said.

"That is the social market economy."

He said a strong mandate was needed to put the plan to action.

United National Party General Secretary Kabir Hashim said their strategy would make Sri Lanka and its people great by giving life to the aspirations of the people.

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The UNP’s strategy will be put in place in the next five years to develop the economy, end corruption, establish freedom and invest in education and infrastructure.

Mano Ganeshan, an ethnic Tamil politician said different communities were coming together in hope.

Maduluwe Sobitha Thero, Buddhist monk who is leading a civil society movement said independent commissions will ensure that the public service will ensure that the public service will work to end corruption.

Already the elections commissioner had shown that public servants can work independently if they were given a chance, he said.

Rajith Senaratne, a former minister of the Rajapaksa regime who crossed over with Maithripala Sirisena to fight the presidential polls, said already presidential powers had been reduced greatly as promised.

During the last regime, ministry secretaries were used for campaign work, he said.

"The public service had never fallen so low," Senaratne said.

He said murders which were hushed up were being probed and criminals would be brought before court.

Hashim said a march that began under the symbol of swan last year to oust the Rajapaksa administration and end corruption hopes to continue through new grouping under the elephant symbol of the United National Party.

Sri Lanka’s current administration which has pushed a 19th amendment to establish independent commissions during the last few months, amid opposition from members of the former regime who watered it down.

The current administration is under a cloud due to a massive scam in bond markets, which has been defended by several leading figures. (Colombo/July23/2015)

 

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