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Sunday September 19th, 2021

Sri Lanka should sell more to Asia in a post-COVID 19 scenario – Pathfinder Foundation

The Pathfinder Foundation, a think tank advising the government, wants Sri Lanka to sell more to Asia which it calls the...

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Vehicle lease payers to meet President on six-month moratorium

With complaints mounting that a promised six-month debt moratorium for lease agreements has yet to materialise, a group ...

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Sri Lanka central bank not yet trippled Zimbabwe style quasi-fiscal facility

Sri Lanka's central bank has not yet tripled a re-finance (printed money) facility to 150 billion rupees (about 800 mill...

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China overtakes Japan, World Bank as key Sri Lanka creditor

China, which began financing Sri Lanka a little over a decade ago has overtaken traditional lenders Japan and the World ...

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Sri Lanka import controls to continue as long as BOP dictates: CB Governor

Sri Lanka will continue import controls as long as balance of payments problems persist, under an 'alternative' economic...

Sri Lanka records current account surplus in 3Q 2020, 2021 expected: CB Governor

Sri Lanka had recorded a surplus in the external current account in the third quarter of 2020 and is expecting a margina...

Steep global sugar price fall will offset Sri Lanka import tax: FinMin

A hike in taxes on imported sugar will not require local prices to go up, because global prices have fallen sharply in r...

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Sri Lanka reluctant to hike rates to fix currency pressure: report

Sri Lanka's central bank is reluctant to hike interest rates to defend the currency as it may hurt an economic recovery,...

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Bengal businesses scout for trade, investment prospects in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – A team of Indian businessmen from Kolkata, West Bengal, are in Sri Lanka looking for trade and inve...

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Climate change to erode Sri Lanka living standards, slow growth: World Bank

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Sri Lanka lifts tax on sanitary napkins

Sri Lanka has lifted a 30 percent import tax on sanitary pads imposed by the last administration, the finance ministry s...

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Sri Lankan exporters can get govt funds for market studies

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government can give funds for market studies for exporters looking to enter new mark...

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Sri Lanka economy to grow 3.7-pct in 2018: HSBC

HSBC Global Research says Sri Lanka's economy is likely to grow 3.7 percent in 2018 on strong agriculture and services g...

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Sri Lanka businesses likely to suffer big losses from climate change: eco lawyer

Sri Lankan businesses are likely to suffer losses from the effects of climate change with hotels vulnerable to sea level...

Rohan Gunasekera

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Sri Lanka slaps 100-pct LC margins on car imports amid rupee fall

Sri Lanka has slapped a 100 percent margin required on import letters for credit for vehicle imports as the rupee fell t...

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Sri Lanka plans 100-pct LC margin on luxury car imports

Sri Lanka is planning to impose a 100 percent margin on letters of credit on luxury car imports, official sources said, ...

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Sri Lanka trade policy catalyst for growth: economist

Sri Lanka's national trade policy sets out goals to reform the tariff regime and improve trade facilitation for both exp...

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Sri Lanka's 1Q GDP growth revised up to 3.5-pct

Sri Lanka's gross domestic product grew 3.5 percent in the first quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, faster than the 3....

1 min read

Sri Lanka's GDP grows 3.7-pct in 2nd quarter 2018

Sri Lanka's gross domestic product grew 3.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018, with agriculture growing 4.5 percent ...

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Sri Lanka's regulations, multiple state agencies blocking progress

Sri Lanka's multiple ministries and agencies and regulations is making it difficult to implement policy and red tape was...

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Unemployment in Sri Lanka's Jaffna doubles over two years

Unemployment in Sri Lanka's former war-torn Jaffna District has doubled over the past two years to 10.7 percent, data fr...

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Sri Lanka business leaders cry for protection

Top business leaders made a rousing call to sell goods at high prices, taking cover behind import tax barriers erected w...

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India, Sri Lanka urged to be more open; new trade deal expected in December

India and Sri Lanka are likely to sign a new trade deal by December and both countries should be more open in order to i...

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Be ready for mergers, acquisitions as economy opens up, Sri Lankan firms told

Sri Lanka’s progress depends on open trade, integrating with global production networks and import of foreign inv...

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Sri Lanka's private sector should set up education institutions: PM

Sri Lanka's private sector should set up educational institutions to cater to the emerging needs of the economy and the ...

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New laws for Sri Lanka ‘Port City’, but within constitution: Harsha

ECONOMYNEXT – A new financial centre to be built on a Chinese-funded ‘Port City’ reclamation project...

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