ASIA, THE ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION STATEMENT BY JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, SENIOR ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2006 OF THE BOAO FORUM FOR ASIA
"NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASIA: DRIVING GROWTH TO THE NEXT LEVEL"
22-23 APRIL, 2006


ASIA, THE ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION STATEMENT BY JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, SENIOR ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA


Introduction

The second half of the 20th century saw the genesis of modern Asia's economic ascendancy. It began with the miracle of post World War II economic development in Japan in the 1950s and 60s; followed by the remarkable growth of the so-called "newly industrialized economies" of the Republic of Korea and South-east Asia; and, later, by the impressive growth of China and India. This has been broadly coterminous with the 60-year-old history of the United Nations, where the Asian Group now has 54 countries, and with the process of globalization. The 21st century will undoubtedly see its full efflorescence - provided good governance, education, health, the environment and infrastructure needs receive the priority they deserve. Given the growing economic content in political power and other non-military aspects of security, a shift of the centre of gravity of global power may well be possible.

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Speech by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament 20 March 2006

Mangala Samaraweera speech EU Parliament march 2006

Mr. Chairman,
Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament,

I am pleased to be here with you today, and at the outset let me thank you Mr Chairman and members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the European Union for giving me the opportunity to address you. I am here at a time when many positive developments are taking place in my country especially in relation to the peace process. The Government has just concluded a round of talks with the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Geneva after a lapse of nearly three years, and the next round of talks are scheduled for late April.

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