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Despite assertion of an inevitable ‘post-conflict boom’, Sri Lanka’s growth in 2010, according to the Central Bank, was 7.6%. The Bank says growth in 2011 will be 8%.

By way of comparison, the bank’s figures during the final phase of the war were: 2009(3%), 2008 (6%), 2007 (6.8%) and 2006 (7.7%).

In other words, reported growth two years after the end of the war is similar to that in 2006 - when the Norwegian-led peace process collapsed and the war erupted again.

During the peace process, a period marked by massive donor support and investment, including after tsunami, the figures were: 2005 (6%), 2004 (5.4%), 2003 (6%) and 2002 (4%).