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Colombo, April 16 (Daily Mirror) - Marking a landmark initiative aimed at fostering cross-party cooperation, NextGenSL, a platform dedicated to empowering young leaders from the main political camps, convened representatives from 15 political parties for a two-day consultation session.

The gathering culminated in the development of an initial draft for a cross-party governance and economic development framework, signaling a new step forward in Sri Lanka's political landscape.

Under the auspices of NextGenSL, delegates from diverse political backgrounds engaged in constructive discussions, focusing on key issues concerning governance, economic development, and social progress. Over the course of the consultations, participants collaborated to craft a comprehensive framework that draws from a range of sources, including political manifestos, an IMF diagnostic report, and frameworks from civil organizations.

The Zero draft of the framework, prepared by the Advocata Institute, served as the foundation for deliberations. Technical expertise was provided by eminent scholars including Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Dr. Sharmini Cooray, and Dr. Shanta Devarajan, who offered insights to enrich the document. Additionally, Murtaza Jafferjee and Suresh Shah played key roles in strengthening the framework through engagement with young leaders.

A highlight of the event was a guest speech delivered by Mr. Duminda Hulangamuwa, Chairman of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, who commended the collaborative efforts and underscored the importance of inclusive governance for sustainable development.

Acknowledging the support and participation of political leaders from various parties, including the SLPP, SJB, UNP, SLFP, ITAK, CWC, Communist Party, Mahajana Party, RUG, MJP, the National Green Front, TPA, and ACMC, the organizers expressed gratitude for their commitment to advancing national interests.

Special recognition was extended to individuals such as Dhananath Fernando from Advocata and Namini Panditha from the Liberal Youth Movement for their invaluable contributions and partnership in the endeavor.

Looking ahead, NextGenSL announced plans for five additional consultations in the coming weeks, aimed at gathering further political insights and refining the framework. 

The final document containing the cross-party framework will be handed over to the leaders of all main political parties urging them to incorporate the recommendations into their election manifestos.


  Comments - 10

  • Joaeph Tuesday, 16 April 2024 03:47 PM

    Goes in line with RW's invitation for inclusive collaboration for SL development

    Suhada malli Tuesday, 16 April 2024 03:47 PM

    Excellent move however most of the names mentioned of very respected professionals are all those who closely work with current president RW. a man who does not have a vote base. A more practical way to achieve this noble objective would be for Advocata together other consultancies to release a 25 year national development policy framework under 20 to 30 sub sections which can be the ministries of future govts. The policy recommendations, the strategies to adopt, objectives, desired outcomes, KPIs per ministry for each 5 year period, the central above politics non political governance and monitoring body all to be specified and then ask the political parties to boldly proclaim support for this National Framework of policies. If not every political party will want to ridicule the policies of other political parties. eg Not selling state property once it becomes a political slogan negates the economic and strategic objectives of such a move. Anyway a very commendable initiative. Goodluck

    Voter Tuesday, 16 April 2024 03:59 PM

    Need of the hour is young new faces with clean track record and good educational background…. Not the same old time wasters who ruined our country….

    MPs need not be frogs in the party leader's well Tuesday, 16 April 2024 04:24 PM

    In a democracy like Lanka, there is no democracy within the party. MPs who do not toe the line of the party are expelled and lose their seats. It is because, MPs are not allowed to think on their own. Is this not slavery? This is a good move for the MPS to get wide knowledge of prevailing situation and possible alternatives. Nation as a whole will benefit.

    FORTUNE TELLER Tuesday, 16 April 2024 04:25 PM

    EXCELLENT COMMENTS FROM THE THREE ABOVE. HOWEVER, THE LAST PARA INDICATES THE FACT THAT BRINGING ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COUNTRY'S DOWNFALL DOES NOT APPEAR. UNTIL THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE/FACT IS BROUGHT UP AND DEALT WITH THERE IS LITTLE OR NO HOPE OF THE POLITICS CHANGING. WE WILL HAVE THE SAME CRAP REPEATED, NESTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE FEATHERED, INCLUDING SOME FAMILIES AND STOOGES TOO AND WHO KNOWS MORE WILL TAKE UP TO CORRUPTION IF THIS CONTINUES TO BE SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET. RANIL HAS SAT ON THIS ISSUE SINCE HE TOOK OVER AND VERY DOUBTFUL HIS RETURN WILL MAKES ANY CHANGES TO SEEK THE JUSTICE THAT WE ALL DESERVE AND THE PERPETRATORS GET OFF SCOTT FREE.

    Dee Tuesday, 16 April 2024 05:24 PM

    Good that the subversives party had kept away! They would have started a protest and disrupted the whole program.

    Jayampathi Tuesday, 16 April 2024 05:35 PM

    Cross party collaboration is useless unless root causes of all our problems are identified and addressed.Most of the names are people though qualified have reached big positions because of family background, connections and influence. This doesn't augur well because meritocracy is important for people to be experts and guide others.

    Patcitz Wednesday, 17 April 2024 12:21 AM

    If, Ranil will never contest the election, everyone can go with whatever the possible way considering national interest to unite politically for long term sustainable development in Sri Lanka, otherwise no one should come to terms to agree any CONSPIRACY that the US set to bring Ranil to power to get fulfilled the interest of their own, disregarding the well being of every Sri Lankan.

    Patcitz Wednesday, 17 April 2024 12:23 AM

    Every attempt should be to kick out Ranil from power that he illegitimately held under the US CONSIPIRACY and PLOT.

    Kevin Wednesday, 17 April 2024 03:32 AM

    LOL. Doesn't make any impact on ground.


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