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A Superiority Complex: Why the Government Needs to Communicate with the People

By Thamindri Aluvihare - Wed Apr 25, 3:28 am

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The government has a superiority complex. Let me elaborate.

Within the last few weeks, the Government of Sri Lanka has managed to host tourism and promotional events and business interactions in Japan, Australia and South Africa, completed sessions at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), amended legislation that lift restrictions on Maternity leave, and renewed the United States Generalised System of Preference (GSP) trade concession. All in all, the Government of Sri Lanka has had victories – some significant, some not so significant – but all victories nonetheless.

The fault lies in the communication of these victories, and specifically, in the lack of communication vis-a-vis these victories. With the exception of the news on the renewal of the GSP concession that was brought to my attention by the Joint Opposition, the other headlines quoted above were not communicated – but discovered by myself on a quest for good news on a sombre Monday morning.

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