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Investing in the Northern Province: Constraints and Countering Them.

From War and Destruction to Peace and Reconstruction

Both before and following the end of Sir Lanka’s 30-year separatist war in May 2009, it was recognized that rapid economic recovery in the Northern Province would be the key to lasting reintegration and reconciliation within a united country.  Nearing the two and a half year point since the cessation of hostilities, the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) examined the current pace and scope of economic development in the North, with a specific focus on private sector investment.  The premise is that rapid economic growth in the North will largely depend on the private sector, in combination with essential government investments in physical and social infrastructure and business environment policies that are tailored to the special needs in the Northern Province.


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USAID-VEGA Introduction

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) together with USAID Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) has carried out two analytical studies on:

1. Accelerating Private Investment in the Northern Province

2. Improving the Business Climate in Sri Lanka

Both studies were carried out by expert VEGA consultants working on behalf of PF.  On the first study Mr. Alexander Shapleigh the expert consultant was supported by Ms. Shamindrini Asirwatha. Mr. Robert Griffin headed the second study together with Mr. Luxman Siriwardena as the local consultant.

 

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