Jaffna shakes off scars of war
14 April 2014 Last updated at 00:53 BST
Politically, Sri Lanka is under fire from the international community over its human rights record.
But one of the government's responses is that it's fostering economic development in the north of the island, formerly a war zone.
The BBC's Charles Haviland has been to Jaffna to see how a shopping centre is helping transform the once war-torn city - and observes the city's first-ever traffic light in operation.