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Labour Market Conundrum in Jaffna and the North - June 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011
 

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The second Jaffna Open Forum (co-organised by PPID and FES) took place at the Jaffna Public Library Auditorium on June 03, 2011. It was titled Labour Market Conundrum in Jaffna and the North. The following issues were addressed. 

 

  1. What are the causes of more than double the national unemployment rate in Jaffna?

  2. What are the policies required to stimulate economic growth WITH new job creation?

  3. Is caste still a barrier to labour mobility?

  4. Is the Muslim minority community in Jaffna experiencing difficulty in finding jobs?

  5. Are former combatants facing discrimination in the job market?

  6. Is foreign remittance from kith and kin inflating the market wage rate?

Fussy Labour in Jaffna - June 2011 English Ver. PDF

Fussy Labour in Jaffna - June 2011 Tamil Ver. PDF 

Fussy Labour in Jaffna - June 2011 Sinhala Ver. PDF  

 

Jaffna Open Forum 2 – June 2011 – media coverage

http://www.onlineuthayan.com/Business/index.php?view=introduction_news_more&id=23

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/06/12/the-fussy-labour-in-jaffna/

http://www.lakbimanews.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1779:the-fussy-labour-in-jaffna&catid=35:news-features&Itemid=37

http://www.onlineuthayan.com/Business/index.php?view=business_news_more&id=2990

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tamil/news/story/2011/05/110531_sarvionjafflabour.shtml

 


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Pathways to Knowledge-based Development - September 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011
 

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The Jaffna Open Forum, a joint venture between the Point Pedro Institute of Development (PPID – independent private social science research institution based in Point Pedro) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES – social democratic political foundation of Germany working in Sri Lanka for 46 years), took off at the Jaffna Public Library auditorium on September 02, 2010. This was the first of a series of Jaffna Open Forums to be conducted in the peninsula jointly by PPID and FES.


The theme of the first Jaffna Open Forum was “Pathways to Knowledge-based Development” and was envisioned to address the following questions:



  1. What are the prerequisites to foster knowledge-based development in the North?

  2. How can the state and private sector (in partnership with the diaspora) take the lead in founding knowledge-based development in the North?

  3. What could be the specific ways and means by which the government, corporate sector, academia, and schools facilitate and promote knowledge-based development in the North, where natural resources are scarce?

  4. What are the policies and regulatory framework should the government put in place to create an enabling environment for the private sector (national, international, and diaspora) to undertake knowledge-based development in the North?

  5. What strategies should schools, universities, and other higher education institutions adopt to improve the learning outcomes of primary, secondary, and tertiary students in the North that could in turn generate nationally and globally competitive workforce?

  6. How could modern information and communication technologies contribute to enhancement of teaching quality and learning outcomes of students at schools, universities, and other tertiary educational institutions?


The overall objective of this public conclave was to present submissions and debate the ways and means and costs and benefits of transforming the traditional agrarian cum fisheries economy of Jaffna and the North into a modern knowledge-based economy.



The four key speakers representing the provincial government, corporate sector, academia, and schools were Mr. Selvaratnam (Additional Director of Education, Northern Province), Mr. Niranjan Nadarajah (Manager, Consumer Credit and Risk, Asia Pacific Risk, HSBC), Dr. P. Balasundarampillai (former Vice-Chancellor of the Jaffna University), and Mr.T.Mahasivam (General Secretary of the Ceylon Tamil Teachers’ Union - CTTU) respectively. Mr. S. Rangarajah (Advisor to the Governor of Northern Province and former Chief Secretary of the North East Provincial Council) deputised for the Governor of Northern Province, Mr.G.A. Chandrasiri, who was to represent the provincial government but could not attend due to unavoidable circumstances.

 

Jaffna Open Forum - Sept 2010  English Ver. PDF

Jaffna Open Forum - Sept 2010  Tamil Ver. PDF 

 

Media Coverage of the Jaffna Open Forum – Sep 2010

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=6600

http://www.thebottomline.lk/2010/09/12/page9.html

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100912/BusinessTimes/bt36.html

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/09/12/jaffna-open-forum-takes-off/  

http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/jaffna_open_forum_takes_off.html

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?newsID=1044090306&no_view=1&SEARCH_TERM=10

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1828644124

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100822/BusinessTimes/bt25.html

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Democracy and Pluralism - December 2004 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 December 2004
 

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The first workshop of the PPID was held on December 04th & 05th, 2004, entitled ‘Democracy and Pluralism’ in the auditorium of the Public Library in Jaffna. Around fifteen youths (a majority of them females) attended and actively participated in the workshop on both days. Resource persons from Colombo and Peradeniya Universities and the civil society conducted the workshop. This workshop was sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung of Germany. The following topics were covered in Tamil by respective resource persons:

  1. Democratic Concepts and Principles – Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran, Executive Director, Women’s Education and Research Centre, Colombo.

  2. Constitution of Sri Lanka – Mr. M. Sutharshan, Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Jaffna.

  3. Rule of Law and Role of the Judiciary in a Democracy – Mr.M.Sutharshan

  4. Political Institutions in Sri Lanka (Parliament, Government, Opposition & Process of Legislation) – Dr.S.I.Keethaponcalan, Senior Lecturer, Department and Politics and Public Policy, University of Colombo

  5. Role and Responsibilities of Political Parties in a Democracy – Dr.S.I.Keethaponcalan

  6. Electoral Systems – Prof.A.Sivarajah, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya.

  7. Federal Systems and Self Government – Prof.A.Sivarajah

  8. Political Participation (Elections, Political Parties, Lobby Groups, Civil Society) – Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran & Prof.A.Sivarajah

  9. Economic Systems (Market & Non-Market Economy) – Mr.N.Balakrishnan, Former Professor of Economics, University of Jaffna.

  10. Globalisation and Role of International Financial Institutions – Mr.N.Balakrishnan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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