Applying Fta For Nation Building In Post

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Applying FTA for Nation Building in Post-War Sri Lanka
Introduction
Sri Lanka recently ended its three decades long ethnic
war. The government forces militarily defeated the Tamil
rebel group named LTTE (Tamil Tigers). It is considered
to be the “first military victory by a nation state in 21st
century against a home grown terrorism”.
With this background, Sri Lanka as a nation is in a very
optimistic mood about its future. The country is trying
to plan its economic development by managing the
post war situation. The Sri Lankan government has
already planned very ambitious development plans to
make Sri Lanka “a centre of excellence in Asia” by
transforming Sri Lanka to a dynamic global hub in five
sectors: A maritime hub, an aviation hub, a commercial
hub, an energy hub and a knowledge hub.The country
is experiencing high economic growth of 8% annual
growth and the Island nation is considered a hotspot
for international investments.
However, not everybody is sharing the same views for a
bright future. The ethnic minorities perceive that the
military victory has delayed any political solution to
their grievances. The directly affected victims feels that
the government is not protecting even their basic rights.
The opposition parties complain that the
government is dragging the country to an
authoritarian regime by violating the norms of multiparty democracy misusing the high popularity the
government enjoys due to war victory. Meantime the
international community is trying to probe the
possible war crimes against the government of Sri
Lanka.
The focus of this study is to apply relevant FTA to
analyse the future orientation of the country for various
possible outcomes and use the results for possible
policy options.
Stakeholders
• Political Parties
• Minority Groups
• Citizens
• Diaspora
• Donors
• Investors
• International Community
Contact
© European Communities, 2011
Chaminda Hettiarachchi
Associate Director
Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel. +94 777 238140, +94 11 2690913 • Fax +94 11 2690769
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
FTA Tools and Methodologies
•Simulation Models
•Multi-Stake Holder Analysis
•Game Theory
•Scenario Analysis
•Forecasting
Application Domains
•Disaster Management
•Elections and Voter Behavior
•Power Decentralization and Political Devolution
•Regionalization and Regional trade
•Climate and Environment
•Education, Health and Energy and Infrastructure
Sectors
•Economic Development and Wealth Distribution
•Socio-Economic changes
Limitations
• Lack of awareness
• No Expertise
• Poor record of evidence based policy making
• Low investments in Science and Technology
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