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05
Mar

THE EBB AND FLOW OF EXTERNAL RESERVES

Quite often, growth, inflation, and currency and interest rates hog the headlines when the economy is being assessed and reviewed. While these are important variables for Sri Lanka, reserves deserve equal attention. In an economy such as Sri Lanka’s, reserves could be labelled as...
23
Feb

SL must recalibrate expectations for private sector

Sri Lanka needs to recalibrate its expectations and push policy makers to get low lying fruits, for the private sector to take off, ‎Frontier Research Product Head and Economist Shiran Fernando said. He was speaking at a seminar on capital markets 2017, held in Colombo.“Sri...
20
Feb

Foreign investors withdraw over Rs.100bn from Government Securities Market: Media reports

The Ceylon Today newspaper reported on Sunday, February 19 that foreign investors have withdrawn over 100 billion rupees from the Government Securities Market over the past eighteen weeks. Economists say that this mass withdrawal of foreign investors from Sri Lankan Treasury...
16
Feb

CIM Sri Lanka heralds 2017 with Talking Point series

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Sri Lanka held its inaugural Talking Point Programme for the New Year titled ‘Insights for Marketing in 2017’ in January at the Union Ballroom, Hilton Colombo Residences. With an aim to appraise participants on the marketing trends of...
05
Feb

INVESTOR SENTIMENT WILL DRIVE GLOBAL FUND FLOWS

In recent years, with the economy entering into the classification of being a middle-income per capita nation, Sri Lanka has moved away from its tag of being a ‘donor darling.’ With this shift, there’s also been another noticeable change: an increased reliance on international...
02
Feb

CB’s independence likely to be tested this year: economists

The independence of the country’s Central Bank is likely to be tested in 2017, a development that could undermine the macroeconomic gains made in 2016, economists cautioned during a forum in Colombo organised by the country’s leading trade chamber last week. “Going forward, if...
27
Jan

Economists say govt. policy reforms ad-hoc, unsystematic

The government’s current reform agenda is both ad-hoc and unlikely to be completed, according to a panel of economists who said this could exacerbate the current low growth climate, adding to the woes of a volatile coalition administration. “These are a series of ad-hoc reforms...
05
Jan

External Headwinds Threaten Domestic Economy

Year 2016 was another period of adjustment for the domestic economy amid more policy inconsistency and changes in the world economy. In particular on the latter, we’ve seen how traditional outcomes and odds have been defied with the Brexit vote and the US presidential election...
16
Dec

CPDC holds Budget Discussion

The Continuous Professional Development Committee (CPDC) of the Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka organised a Discussion on the Budget on 25 November at the BOC Auditorium. Aravinda Perera, former Managing Director of Sampath Bank, Duminda Hulangamuwa, Senior...
03
Dec

Central Bank flags FDI and export slumps

While the government is harping on adopting neutral foreign and liberalized trade policies to push exports and investments, positive policy pronouncements do not appear to bear tangible results by trickling into the official data, economists say. According to official...