Feature Article

MNCs flock in to get the ‘fruits’ of war

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 August 2009, 09:18 GMT]
Roman Scott of Calamander Group, who believes Tigers have been effectively contained, suppression of free expression by Colombo will not affect business, and economics is not really that strong related to democratic principles, is an early bird in the island for investment, says the latest issue of Forbes India. Sri Lanka is going to be “one of the best investment opportunities on the planet for the next two to three years,” said the Singapore based British equity manager. According to Forbes, companies from some countries have a natural advantage either because they have the trust of the Sinhalese or understand the local nuances better. China falls into the first category and India into the second. These two countries are likely to play a major role in the reconstruction.

A ‘political solution’ not to meet Tamil aspirations but to 'facilitate' the interests of the multinational corporations (MNC) is what in the agenda, Tamil circles said adding that even such a ‘package’ will be delayed until the ‘stake-holding’ powers and their MNCs are firmly established in the 'conquered land.'

The bankruptcy of the totalitarian regime in Colombo and the situation in which political decision making for the Tamil homeland is snatched away from Tamils have become ideal for the multinational corporations and the powers behind to have their ways, Tamil circles said.

Chandra Lal de Alwis, president of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, which recently sent a business delegation of 43 businessmen to Jaffna, told Forbes: "China, being a large country, is putting a lot of money here. Also, politically they are not bothered. With India, there were some political issues. But all that is getting cleaned."

An old Tamil village in the Puththa’lam district, Nuraich-choalai (meaning the grove of Nephelium longanum trees), is now the location of a Chinese-built thermal power plant. The ceremony marking its completion was attended by Buddhist monks from China and a statue of Buddha brought from China is to be installed at the plant.

This was illustrative of how ‘communist’ China gets the trust, Tamil circles pointed out.

Meanwhile, the IMF loan has facilitated financial stability to Colombo, attracting the arrival of MNCs. Asian Development Bank is expected to give an assistance of $300 million.

Apart from India’s thermal power project in Trincomalee and under sea transmission by Power Grid Corporation, the Indian enterprises in the fray are such as Larsen and Toubro, Indian Oil Corporation, Ashok Leyland, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel.

Pakistan will be provided with an exclusive industrial zone in the island, media reports said, Sunday. China has already been given with such a facility by Sri Lanka’s investment promotion agency.

However, according to Forbes, “the sweet spot for the foreign investor is not the war zone. The relatively peaceful Western Province, where Colombo is located, is a ready market waiting to be tapped fully. The infrastructure and a consumer economy are already there, but the war kept away many providers of goods and services. They will come now. This province, which accounts for half of Sri Lanka's $40 billion economy, will be the first to gain from peace.”

But, Rajapaksa is offering a 15-year tax holiday for investments in the north and east and India has already started pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into Sri Lanka for the rehabilitation of 280,000 internally displaced persons living in government camps, Forbes said.

Two weeks ago, a Bangalore based Concerned Citizens Forum of South Asia met the Indian foreign minister S.M. Krishna and submitted a memorandum to government of India: ‘A roadmap for relief, resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced and war-affected people of Sri Lanka by the Government of Sri Lanka.’

The forum that included some academics, human rights organisations and Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, raised the issues of resettlement, rehabilitation, human rights, damage control and respect to demographic and cultural patterns.

But, there is nothing said on restoring the sovereignty of Tamils in their homeland, which would sort out all the issues that had been raised by them.

“First brutally abusing the human rights of a people to shatter their spirit and then in the guise of restoring them blunting the basic political question is the trick experimented with Eezham Tamils by the forces of the new order. Powers, their MNCs, politicians, academic institutions and media – all are in the game,” Tamil circles said.

Forbes India puts a choice to Sri Lanka:

“All said, Sri Lanka has two choices today. It can shrink back into a protectionist regime and miss this historic opportunity to become an economic power. Or, it can take foreign capital and expertise to rebuild itself, solve the ethnic problem, add the Tamil population to the work force and forget violence forever.”

Adding the Tamil population to the work force is the answer of the MNCs to the Tamil national question.


Latest 15 Reports
04.02.24 15:40   Photo
சியோனிசம் காணும் தோல்வி ஈழத்தமிழருக்குப் பலன் தரவல்ல படிமை மாற்றத்தின் அறிகுறி
24.04.22 05:44  
தீவின் நெருக்கடிச் சூழலில் ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசம் கடைப்பிடிக்கவேண்டிய நிலைப்பாடுகள்
09.04.22 14:44   Photo
குறிதவறும் ஈழத்தமிழர் தலைமைகளுக்கு வரலாறு தருகின்ற எச்சரிக்கை
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
09.04.21 14:46  
English version not available
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
Find this article at: