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By the time Sri Lanka reaches the end date of Vision 2025, its current mid-term development plan, it will have been nearly half a century since the country first embraced the ideas of market liberalisation in 1977. Sri Lanka is therefore now in a position to take the long view on liberalisation, having been one of the first post-colonial Asian...

 

As the world’s nations and businesses become increasingly interconnected, so too does the flow of global migration. According to the OECD’s “International Migration Outlook 2018”, in 2017 some 258m people resided in a country other than the one they were born in and more than 5m foreign-born persons settled in OECD countries. The flow of...

 

Sri Lanka’s banks are currently experiencing considerable change. Regulatory matters are a prominent concern, alongside the ups and downs of loan growth and economic policy. A careful balancing act is being performed as a result, with those able to tread the narrow path recording healthy bottom lines and continued service expansion in 2018....

 

Sri Lanka’s banking sector is currently implementing major changes in the way business is done, due mainly to the rollout of Basel III and International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9) regulations. Stricter capital requirements are pushing non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) to consolidate, while a host of new rules are being...

 

After a positive second half in 2017 Sri Lanka’s capital markets experienced considerable headwinds in 2018, with a variety of external and internal factors behind the buffeting. The impacts of macroeconomic issues, increasing competition in terms of investment options, political uncertainty, turbulence in global energy prices and moves by the...

 

Ahead of a $1bn sovereign bond maturing in January 2019, Sri Lanka went through a major political crisis during the fourth quarter of 2018, which led to an extensive legal battle. Despite economic data indicating no serious threat to inflation and private sector credit, the heavy liquidity shortage in the market and the uncertain political...