Five Ways to Enrich Sri Lanka’s Tourism Experience
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Five Ways to Enrich Sri Lanka’s Tourism Experience

How can Sri Lanka stand out as a tourism destination? That’s a question that continues to challenge tourism development officials and hospitality industry professionals alike. The country faces a twin challenge of meeting ambitious targets (the latest one of 4 million tourists by 2020) while also attracting higher-end tourists. It’s certainly not a pipe dream. […]

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Article on Global Turmoil and China: Further Ideas   Responding to Reader Qs
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Article on Global Turmoil and China: Further Ideas + Responding to Reader Qs

Following Wednesday’s ‘Smart Future’ article, I had a lot of very insightful feedback and pertinent questions. A couple of exchanges in particular were very rewarding, as it helped jog my thinking further as well. I thought it would be useful for the readers of the blog to get a taste of it, so I am reproducing […]

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Post-Election Agenda: Setting Up a National Innovation Council to Drive an Ambitious Programme
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Post-Election Agenda: Setting Up a National Innovation Council to Drive an Ambitious Programme

  The Sri Lankan economy is in the midst of a unique, and tricky, transition. It’s easy for Sri Lanka to get stuck in what economists call “the middle income trap”. Already the country is finding it increasingly difficult to compete against cheap labour in low-income economies (like Bangladesh, Cambodia and Laos), on the one […]

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9 Highlights from the President’s Address to the Business Community
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9 Highlights from the President’s Address to the Business Community

President Maithripala Sirisena delivered a keynote address at the closing session of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce ‘Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2015′ today, addressing over 500 of the country’s leading private sector representatives. Here are my 9 highlights from his remarks. The government must be transparent, accountable, clean, and fair in its dealings with the […]

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Post-Election Agenda: A Sri Lankan Economy That is More Open to the World With More Companies Going Global
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Post-Election Agenda: A Sri Lankan Economy That is More Open to the World With More Companies Going Global

Over the past decade or more the Sri Lankan economy has become less and less open to the world than it has ever been. Exports to GDP has nearly halved; the share of trade in overall growth has fallen, our overall tariff protection rates are higher now than in the past; our export diversification and […]

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Enhancing Knowledge Capacity for Sri Lanka’s Energy Sector: Takeaways from the Energy Symposium
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Enhancing Knowledge Capacity for Sri Lanka’s Energy Sector: Takeaways from the Energy Symposium

It is now recognised that for developing countries like Sri Lanka, meeting the energy needs of an economy aspiring to achieve rapid growth, while ensuring environmental sustainability, is a key challenge. The Energy Symposium held last week, organized by the Ministry of Power and Energy on the theme ‘Energy Challenges in the Knowledge Economy’ was […]

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