Canada taken up by N-E development
Sri Lanka has achieved impressive progress in economic development
and resettlement in the North and East, outgoing Canadian High
Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bruce Levy said yesterday.
He said a developed road network was essential for any nation to
create employment opportunities and bring economic development and it
was a praiseworthy to see that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken
to develop the road network and railway line in the North and East.
In an interview with the Daily News, Levy said the Canadian
government also contributed much to the Sri Lankan government’s
He said the biggest challenge the Sri Lankan government faced
immediately after the end of the three decade conflict was resettlement.
“Though most critics expressed doubt at the outset, the Sri Lankan
government faced the challenge successfully following demining of these
areas,” Levy said.
He said not only economic development, but also reconciliation was
essential for peace.
Levy who said though there was a little bit more to achieve in this
area, added there were encouraging moves from the government like the
LLRC action plan.
Levy said Canada was ready to invest in Sri Lanka and the global
economic recess too had an impact on the flow of foreign investment in
He said there was huge competition for Sri Lanka from other countries
in the region.
Levy said those deciding on economic development, should create best
conditions in the country for foreign investors including rules that do
not change from time to time.
He said Sri Lanka and Canada maintained friendly ties even before Sri
Lanka achieved independence and Canada never promoted terrorism.