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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 – Lanka Relations: Going forward by touching base with the past

President Sirisena’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi, in Delhi, this week offers an opportunity to reset bilateral relations to achieve the declared goal of ‘irreversible excellence’. This important visit affords an opportunity to look back at the Joint Statement which was issued after Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s discussion with the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in October 2003. Many of the elements of that Joint Statement are relevant even today. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:53

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Improving Doing Business Environment: A must for sustainable Good Governance-2015

Sri Lanka’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Index (DBI) 2015 has improved to 99 (out of 189 countries) from 105 last year. While this seems a positive development, there are certainly no grounds for complacency. The country’s ranking has been oscillating in recent years.  In addition, the improvement attained in the latest ranking is based on better performance on only two of the ten indicators contained in the DBI.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 21:11

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Sino-Lankan Economic Relations: A Dynamic and Forward Looking Perspective

Can there be a great leap forward for Sri Lanka?

A previous Pathfinder Foundation (PF) Economic Alert (64) argued that the Sino-Lanka FTA
has the potential to be the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ in the bilateral economic relationship. It can
have a transformative impact not just on market access for Sri Lanka’s exports to China but
also on inward investment and technology transfer. Internal trends within China also
reinforce the prospects for an encouraging future in the bilateral economic relationship.
Furthermore, China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative provides a framework for a multifaceted
strengthening of the partnership. High priority should be attached to taking advantage of the
existing close bilateral Sino-Lanka relationship to shape the economic links between the two
countries to serve Sri Lanka’s development priorities. It is important to elaborate briefly on
these themes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:01

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