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The Pathfinder Foundation Felicitated

Mr.-MM-Receiving-Award2The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Sri Lanka recognized the Pathfinder Foundation as one of its top 10 partners at a ceremony to mark Chinese New Year and Sri Lanka's National Day held at the BMICH on Friday 17th January. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne, Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena, Minister of External Affairs G.L Peiris and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga were among those present at this ceremony. Here Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianghao presents the top 10 partners award to Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Founder of the Pathfinder Foundation.

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Indo-Sri Lanka Fishery Conflict: An impediment to Sustainable Development, Traditional and Human Security


By Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman & Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, Director Centre for India -Sri Lanka Initiatives of the Pathfinder Foundation

 

Introduction: Fish do not respect boundaries but humans should!


India and Sri Lanka are two neighbouring Indian Ocean states. A shallow and narrow strip of sea called the ‘Palk Bay’ and the ‘Gulf of Mannar’ separates the two countries. There is a clearly demarcated, mutually agreed upon and legally binding International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), separating the territorial waters of the two countries. There are binding commonalities in the form of linguistic, cultural, religious and vocational, between Tamil Nadu and the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Until the signing of IMBL agreements in 1974 and 1976, fishermen from coastal districts of both countries used this sea, mainly for traditional fishing. There was a harmonious coexistence between these communities for a long time. However, Tamil Nadu fishermen changed their fishing methods in late 1970s and upgraded to steel hulled fishing vessels and engaged in bottom-trawling in order to boost production. Continuous bottom trawling in the Indian side of the IMBL resulted in depleting fish stocks therein. Gradually, these trawlers began to cross over to the Sri Lankan side of the IMBL. The newly introduced Indian trawlers were much bigger and more powerful than the traditional craft, as they had to trawl and recover nets heavy with the catch. The fishermen of northern Sri Lanka found it extremely difficult to venture in to the sea during the days when Indian trawlers were poaching, as they feared damage to their boats and fishing gear, as well as safety for their lives.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:10

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Capitalizing on the Maritime Silk Road Initiative to Achieve Win - Win - Win Situation

By Sarah Hettiaratchi, Project Executive - Pathfinder Foundation

The Maritime Silk Road (MSR) and Economic Belt policy initiatives unveiled by President Xi Jinping in 2013 were identified as significant elements of an overall Chinese attempt to leverage China’s growing economic power and influence along its geographic boundaries. The objectives of this enormous development initiative is to strengthen and expand cooperative interactions, create an integrated web of mutually beneficial economic, social and political ties, and ultimately lower distrust and enhance a sense of common security.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:50

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Making Colombo a Global Financial Centre

By Sarah Hettiaratchi, Project Executive - Pathfinder Foundation

 

Since the change of government early this year, the country’s new leadership has announced a few mega development projects, which when implemented, can catalyse economic transformation. The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) in this article wishes to highlight the links between the high priority mega development projects and the objective of establishing Colombo as an important world class financial centre.

The development of financial centres is of great interest to businessmen and policy-makers around the globe. Not only does it help to develop the basic infrastructure within the area, it also provides significant benefits to a country’s economic growth and prosperity of the people. A well-functioning international financial centre is a vital component of an economic infrastructure needed to not only for effective inter mediation in the domestic economy but also to promote Sri Lanka as a regional/ global financial hub.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:11

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