File photo of Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa attending World Energy Forum at the Dubai World Trade Centre

File photo of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends the World Energy Forum during the first day of the programme at the Dubai World Trade Centre in this October 22, 2012 file photo. From foreign hotel towers sprouting on Colombo's seafront to the new motorbikes and mobile phones buzzing in war-ravaged Jaffna, at first glance, Sri Lanka seems to be living up to its claim as Asia's latest frontier market. But private businesses are not investing enough, threatening the boom that has swept the island since the end of a long ethnic conflict, while President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family are tightening their grip on the economy and institutions with what critics see as an unusually personalised system of government. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh/Files