Sri Lanka’s leaders warned on good governance, economic threats

ECONOMYNEXT – A Sri Lanka activist has asked the political leadershp to follow principles of good governance with United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe set to be re-appointed Prime Minister following the defeat of a constitutional coup also act swiftly against emerging economic and financial stress.

Any new administration should follow, transparent Good Governance upholding Democracy,the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Freedoms and following Liberal Democratic Values, ensuring consensual decision making, where equity and rights of all citizens are preserved with appropriate safety nets for all marginalized communities,” Chandra Jayarante, a governance activist said.

“All high profile cases filed and under investigation relating to the previous regime and all reported violations under the present regime including the bond scam and other cases of corruption, be brought before the justice, retaining private lawyers where necessary, and completing all law reforms essential to gain an upgrade from FATF classification as a high risk jurisdiction for money laundering and upholding human rights and bringing before the justice against crimes committed violating the rights of minorities and marginalized persons.”

The full statement is reproduced below:

Our Immediate Expectations of the Leadership in Governance

1. Transparent Good Governance upholding Democracy,the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Freedoms and following Liberal Democratic Values, ensuring consensual decision making, where equity and rights of all citizens are preserved with appropriate safety nets for all marginalized communities

2. All high profile cases filed and under investigation relating to the previous regime and all reported violations under the present regime including the bond scam and other cases of corruption, be brought before the justice, retaining private lawyers where necessary, and completing all law reforms essential to gain an upgrade from FATF classification as a high risk jurisdiction for money laundering and upholding human rights and bringing before the justice against crimes committed violating the rights of minorities and marginalized persons

3. All in governance committing to and all national resource spends/allocations being within the principles of Austerity, Cost effectiveness and all investments limited to those assuring timely positive cash flow returns

4. All professional steps be taken with the best advise of the Monetary Board to effectively risk manage and implement the debt management programme in the face of the crisis facing the nation at present

5. Adopt a new Constitution assuring the best interests of sustainable good governance and resolving the national question and assuring national ethno-religious harmony and ending the Executive Presidential rule and providing for Socio Economic Rights, whilst removing all opportunities for political interference in the executive, law enforcement and judiciary discharging public services and application of the rule of law, justice and corruption free administration

6. Adopt a non aligned international relations policy upholding all international commitments and with close and unbiased friendly relations with Asian giants and key trading and investment partner nations

7. Specifically target and facilitate the priority attention and meeting the needs and expectations of all marginalized communities, conflict affected persons, and poor and youth and elderly finding livelihood opportunities

8. Take optimum steps to assure environmental and ecological sustainability

9. Adhere to Open Government Commitments and strengthen the independence and capabilities of Independent Commissions, Public Institutions and Regulatory Authorities and take steps to Improve Productivity,Quality of Public Services and Public Utilities:Require All Large Value Public Investments and All Revenue spends above set limits are subjected to Parliamentary Finance Committee Approval and Post Audit Reviews

Source: https://economynext.com/

Updated On: Dec 16, 2018 

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