We believe that the country needs to implement urgent economic reforms to avoid an economic crisis in the short term and move onto a path to achieve economic prosperity in the long term in a sustainable manner, benefitting all its citizens.
Firstly, ensuring macroeconomic stability through a renewed action plan addressing the country’s debt servicing requirements, rationalising tax structures and implementing prudent and viable fiscal and monetary policies. Furthermore, improving Sri Lanka’s Balance of Payments in the long term through a focused export strategy to achieve exponential growth, diversification of value proposition and developing new markets while integrating with global value chains and focusing on value additions.
Secondly, stimulating economic growth by investing in research and technology to improve productivity and competitiveness of local businesses in an open market environment.
Thirdly, reshaping the economy to be future-ready by developing newer industries, relooking at the composition of the country’s GDP, empowering labour mobility and re-skilling the labour force to align with the 4th industrial revolution. This should be supported by a dynamic and inclusive digitisation strategy for trade activities, governance and public life.
Finally, creating a pragmatic and business friendly regulatory and legal framework that will support the implementation of these activities and ensure a sustainable way forward.
We believe that every person and community holds equal worth, and equally belongs in Sri Lanka. It is our aim to promote a Sri Lanka that embraces and empowers diversity, affording equal rights, responsibilities, privileges and protection to all citizens, of all communities. We acknowledge that Sri Lanka has undergone cycles of ethnic and religious violence and repression, with little accountability or true reconciliation. We also acknowledge that women, citizens of oppressed castes and classes, and those with disabilities, and those assigned to lower castes/ classes,members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been systematically discriminated against, stigmatized and excluded from leadership roles.
We pledge to work to right these wrongs, and to undertake policies that are sensitive to the rights of all ethnic and religious communities, women, citizens of oppressed castes and classes, persons with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ community. We are committed to ensuring accountability and rule of law for past violations on these bases. Looking forward, we plan for a Sri Lanka where all communities have equal access to education, employment, protection, access to justice and government institutions, and equal opportunities to pursue national decision-making roles. We pledge to work towards progressive and rights-based laws and policies that are in accordance with the rights of these communities.
We believe climate change adaptation would be a crucial phenomenon in Sri Lanka in the coming decades.The policy on Environment and Agriculture will be framed within the context of Climate Change (CC) and Biodiversity (bd) in Sri Lanka. The threats of Climate Change and management of Biodiversity (including flora and fauna) are identified by the UN and other transnational policy making entities as the two most crucial areas requiring government intervention with regards to environmental policy. Sri Lanka has already witnessed the impacts of CC and Bd loss in recent years, being listed as one of the world’s 10 most affected countries by CC in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the Global Climate Risk Index. Similarly, Sri Lanka’s biodiversity is on a general decline eg: 56% of mammalian species are under threat of extinction.
A key impact of CC in SL is the change in variations and quantities of seasonal rainfall. CC thus directly impacts the Agri industry which employs between 30%- 40% of the country’s population. The effects of CC and Bd loss are not limited to environmental damage but is also linked to catalyzing resource conflicts.
GOSL has acknowledged the threat of climate change, especially within the Agri sector through a climate change policy. Our policy recommendations build upon this existing work. We aim to cover biodiversity, agriculture, fisheries (coastal and aquaculture) sectors and tackle climate change and biodiversity as a crosscutting thematic areas.
The Centenary Movement believes in a patient/people centered heath policy that demarcates an effective health system governed by the principles of Universal Health Coverage providing equal access to healthcare that assures social justice and patient’s rights. This health care system should be developed by providing equal access to all, and supported by a holistically governed sustainable and accountable system.
The Movement calls for a free healthcare system that is sustainable, equitable and accountable and encourages collaboration among a wide range of stakeholders in the health sector especially at the ground level, to enable access to health care systems without prejudice.
Enhancement of the healthcare system by investing in medical education, technology, digitization, research and development, medical informatics, health innovation and health promotion is also a key priority of the Centenary Movement.
The healthcare policy of the Centenary Movement is formulated with the best interests of the citizens of Sri Lanka in mind whilst educating future public leaders through the academy on three major focus areas; a) to research and identify the gaps present in the current healthcare policies, b) to identify crucial areas in the healthcare system which need improvements and c) to take concrete action towards developing a futuristic and resilient healthcare sector in Sri Lanka.
With these objectives in mind, we would like to propose Workable Action Plans under the following categories to implement the Health Policy.
-Preventive and Promotive Care Services -Curative Care Services -Rehabilitative and Palliative Care Services -Health Administration -Health Financing
It is vital that Sri Lanka is able to create an education system that is learner first and outcomes driven. In order to do this our policy focuses on 5 key areas of impact: Learners, Educators, Digital Access, Financing and research. For Learners; devising a set of minimum standards that should be made available to every learner in terms of safety, nutrition, emotional and physical well-being and financial security and implementing a clearer and more robust learning/work trajectory for students post ALs/OLs with a well laid out ecosystem for higher education and vocational training. For Educators; designing a centralized professional development process of teachers and school administrators that is outcomes-driven and linked to career growth. Restructuring the transfer system for educators with a focus on retaining local talent .
We believe in implementing a digital access policy that ensures device and internet connectivity to all classrooms and learners and digitizing the K-12 ecosystem to ensure that all learners and educators are accounted for and are provided with consistent and well-designed avenues for learning, professional development and performance metrics. There must be a robust and innovative funding mechanism that directly links zonal education offices with private sector funding for the fulfillment of a basic set of pre-defined quality standards for every school.Finally, we must reposition Sri Lanka as a hub for action-focused research on education and thereby building an effective research network linked to Education Schools, research centers and think tanks regionally and globally
The objectives of the Politics and Governance Committee are to impart knowledge pertaining to politics, policy-making, and leadership, so that young individuals can navigate the policy and governance spaces of Sri Lanka with a sound understanding of how such systems work. Further, the Committee seeks to give such individuals the tools they need to critically analyze such spaces or institutions, in order to ascertain the gaps and inadequacies therein. Most importantly, the committee seeks to hone policy-making, debating, and critical thinking skills, so that such individuals are equipped to re-shape halls of power and provide effective, meaningful leadership in their constituencies and beyond.
The work of the committee will have resonance not only at the grassroots level but also at governmental levels, where contemporary political debates and issues of national importance will be made by individuals who are cognizant that the impact of governance is felt most keenly by the common citizen. The long-term contribution the committee hopes to make, through its curriculum and training, is to shift political and social paradigms, so that the new generation of leaders who take up office, will govern in an upright, informed manner, with the prowess that is pertinent in times such as this.