Business for Peace Alliance commends P-TOMS
SRILANKAFIRST together with the Business for Peace Alliance (BPA)
yesterday expressed its support to the Government's proposed
Post-Tsunami Operating Management Structure (P-TOMS).
SriLankaFirst and the BPA welcome the proposed Joint Mechanism as it
envisions a fair and equitable mechanism for the disbursement of much
needed post-tsunami aid pledged by donors for the North and East
regions, the two organisations said in a news release.
It said: "The fair and equitable distribution of aid can only be made
possible through an inclusive mechanism such as the Tsunami Relief Board
which is representative of all the parties operating in these areas.
Confined to only a two Km coastal strip of land across the six
affected regions in the North and East for a limited period of one year,
Sri Lanka First and the BPA believes the proposed structure would fast
track the reconstruction and rebuilding of the devastated areas.
An inclusive administrative arrangement that brings all the parties
together in a united effort can only strengthen the peace process.
Therefore the Business collective and the BPA calls upon the
government to implement the Post-Tsunami Operating Management Structure
without delay." Sri Lanka First is an apolitical initiative formed by
respected Sri Lankan business leaders in September 2001 after the
devastating attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport. Sri Lanka
First sought to give the impetus of the Business Community to the
process of bringing about peace in Sri Lanka.
The rallying cry of Sri Lanka First was that the country's interest
should come first - and therefore that political leaders should put
aside their differences and come together in seeking a permanent
settlement in the north-east conflict.
The BPA is an island wide grouping of Regional Chambers of Commerce
and Industry, functioning to practice post conflict reconciliation in
Sri Lanka. Its mission is building peace through re-linking regions long
separated by conflict.