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Sri Lanka drops plan to sell Sri Lankan Airlines piecemeal

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers had asked a newly set up state owned enterprise re-structuring unit to come up with recommendation on how to re-structure state-run Sri Lankan Airlines and its subsidiaries.

Sri Lanka’s Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had earlier suggested that Sri Lankan Catering and its ground handling units – the most profitable units – be sold separately to investors.

De Silva said at the time that cabinet approval would be sought for the move.

However at this week the cabinet had given “the responsibility of studying the methodology of restructuring Sri Lankan Airlines Company Limited and making recommendations to the Cabinet of Ministers to State – owned Enterprises Restructuring Unit established under the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies,” according to a statement.

“It has been recognized that Sri Lankan Airlines Company Limited as well as its subsidiary companies are needed to be restructured by handing over a considerable amount of shares and the management of the entity of Sri Lankan Airlines Company Limited to investors selected through a transparent procurement process,” the statement said.

Sri Lanka airlines by the end of the third quarter, had a sovereign guaranteed bond of 175 million US dollars, owned loans to the People’s Bank and Bank of Ceylon of 386 million US dollars.

Another 325 million dollars were owed to Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Airport and Aviation Services and Civil Aviation Authority.

Sri Lankan had reduced losses in recent years by re-negotiating it leases and cutting some staff costs. The airline is now facing a drain of pilots amid higher taxes and an economic crisis. (Colombo/Nov02/2022)

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  1. dickie bird says:

    Minister in his twilight years sniffing for dirt.

    1. emilyjoack says:

      They are looting Sri-Lankan airline profits

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  1. dickie bird says:

    Minister in his twilight years sniffing for dirt.

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      They are looting Sri-Lankan airline profits

Sri Lanka UGC wants to boost number of IT-related degrees

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s University Grants Commission is of the view to boost the number of Information Technology (IT) related degrees in state universities with an aim to pave the way for a digital economy.

Sri Lanka’shigher education system has been producing more graduates in Arts stream while the degrees in highly demanded IT and other engineering services are being looked at only now.

“We do have a high demand for engineering, science, AI, computer and electronical engineering

studies,” Chairman of University Grants Commission, Sampath Amaratunga, told reporters at aa media briefing on Friday

“However, while avoiding neglecting the humanities, we should develop new IT skills.”

Amaratunga confirmed that a student who studied in any stream could obtain an IT degree, including students who studied in the arts stream.

The UGC data show that out of 18,490 engineering technology stream students who sat for their Advanced Levels (A/L) in 2022, 10634 were eligible for university.

“Even streams like agriculture should be encouraged to use technology,” Amaratunga said. (Colombo/Dec 2/2023)

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Sri Lanka leader inaugurates Climate Justice Forum at COP28 in Dubai

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe launched Climate Justice Forum (CJF) at the ongoing 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) held in Dubai in a move to gather support for vulnerable nations hit by climate-change led disasters.

This year’s climate summit held in Dubai’s EXPO2020 features a raft of issues for countries working to find common ground in tackling climate change, including whether to phase out fossil fuels and how to finance the energy transition in developing countries.

Wickremesinghe inaugurated the Climate Justice Forum at COP28 on Saturday and emphasized the critical importance of addressing climate issues with a sense of justice and equity.

The President had been in talks with many nations vulnerable to climate change disasters including African and South American countries to get their support for the CJF.

The move is to compel advanced and developed countries to look into the poor nations hit by the climate changes and help them to get over economic and debt burdens by either investing more in green energy initiatives or writing off debts to ease financial pressure.

Sri Lanka, which is now facing an unprecedented economic crisis, has seen increasing losses and damages, both human lives and physical properties due to climate change-led disasters like floods, drought, and earth slips.

In his speech at the COP28 forum, Wickremesinghe on Friday said the Climate Justice Forum will provide a platform for constructive and proactive engagements. (Dubai/Dec 2/2023)

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Sri Lanka IMF review goes to executive board on December 12

ECONOMYNEXT – The first review of Sri Lanka’s International Monetary Fund program is scheduled to go the lender’s Executive Board for consideration on December 12.

Sri Lanka officials were expecting the review to be completed in December as soon as official creditors gave their assurances.

According to the notice Sri Lanka had missed one performance criterion and has requested modifications.

Sri Lanka has outperformed on a number of quantity targets including inflation. In addition to quantity PCs there was also one non-accumulation of arrears.

There would also be re-phasing of access. The review was originally expected around September with another review based on December data, leading to September and March disbursements.

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