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Companies categorised as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) constitute around 75% of all businesses in Sri Lanka, making them a crucial component of the economy. Boosting this vital area, both in term of raw size and contribution to value added, is thus a vital part of policy, with recent times seeing major initiatives launched with...

 

On October 26, 2018 President Maithripala Sirisena rescinded the mandate of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to lead the government. Although the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was reinstated on December 16, the constitutional crisis weakened business sentiment and impacted already slowing growth. The economy grew by 3.3% year-on-year (y-o-y...

 

Sri Lanka’s third quarter 2018 GDP growth dipped to a record eight-year low of 2.9% – compared to 3.3% in the third quarter of 2017 and 3.7% in the second quarter of 2018 – leading to a cumulative expansion of 3.3% for the first nine months of 2018, which was expected to continue to the end of the year. The struggle was primarily evident in...

 

In the three decades before the 2007-08 global financial crisis, the world’s financial networks became increasingly interconnected. Financial system regulatory convergence, the growing penetration of World Trade Organisation rules and the creation of currency unions, such as the euro, resulted in a surge in cross-border capital flows.

 

After years of internal conflict, Sri Lanka is enacting political and economic reforms to exert its renewed influence in the region and become an independent, global player. As political tensions continue following the constitutional crisis in 2018, it remains to be seen whether the authorities will be able to implement its programme of...

 

While 2018 is unlikely to earn the description of a time of significant global trade cooperation, the year did end on a note of cautious optimism for advocates of open trade, when, at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, the US declared a 90-day truce in its 10-month-long trade war with China. It is hoped that this ceasefire will stand, leading to...