Regional market linkages for NE needed - CEPA
Implementing long-term economic policies to eliminate multiple and
overlapping poverty in the pre-conflict areas in Sri Lanka will assist
in prospering the livelihoods of economically vulnerable people in the
North and East provinces, CEPA Researcher Mohamed Munas said.
Addressing the Centre for Poverty Alleviation (CEPA) colloquium he
said three decades of warfare has subverted and destabilized these
communities in general and specially in income generation. "Rather than
introducing new livelihood options and support services, strengthen
existing livelihood activities and related institutions and service
providers in the short time recovery period seems practical and useful,"
he said. In addition immediate measures need to be taken to revive the
livelihoods of economically vulnerable people in the liberated areas
while creating regional markets linkages with North and East," he said.
Another option is to generate more employment opportunities by
providing seed capital support to local entrepreneurs within the
community and linking them with the primary producers of community.