By Gandhya Senanayake
United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) Country Director Douglas Keh stated that the issue of ownership and registration of land is an obstacle for successful investment and growth in the North and East. Keh made these comments on the recent allegations against the government grabbing land in the North during an interview with Ceylon Today.
“The whole issue about land ownership and registration is very much a key obstacle for successful investment and growth in the conflict affected areas. It is one thing that the UN system is more than ready to work with the government on, and this is going to be a very important element for the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. Conflict among individuals themselves in these matters should be resolved in a transparent manner and that is going to be very important,” Keh said.
He also stated that Sri Lanka had a bright future ahead and that the “stars were aligned for Sri Lanka”.
However he added that the one unknown variable would be from the governance front and added that “developments goes best, and works most effectively and changes lives in a positive manner when you have strong institutions, affective leadership which is seen as fair, and where there is a rule of law and where all of your population feels their embodied to the future of the country”.
Noting that on all the other fronts Sri Lanka had a great future he stated that ‘governance’ was a key factor that would affect Sri Lanka’s success or failure in the future and added that the challenges in this regard had to be met by Sri Lanka. (Read Page 6 for full interview this Sunday)