Posts Categorized: Economy

Competitiveness in Sri Lanka

by World Bank, Washington, DC, June 2016 World Bank Sri-Lanka-Competitiveness-20-FINAL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION      PROGRAM DOCUMENT FOR     A PROPOSED CREDIT      IN THE AMOUNT OF US$ 100 MILLION     TO    DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA    FOR THE    COMPETITIVENESS, TRANSPARENCY AND FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY   DEVELOPMENT POLICY FINANCING  Introduction    1. This  program  document  describes  the  Development  Policy  Financing  (DPF)  operation  to  the  Democratic  Socialist  Republic  of  Sri  Lanka  as  a  stand‐alone  single  tranche  operation … Read more »

Workers in Post-Civil War Jaffna

A Snapshot of Working Conditions, Opportunities and Inequalities in Northern Sri Lanka by Solidarity Center, Washington, DC, June 2016 AFL CIO SRI-LANKA.Workers-in-Postwar-Jaffna.8.16 …The bulk of the workers in Jaffna are in low-paid jobs with minimal labor standards, social protection and security of tenure, which are not conducive to decent work, per the ILO1 or to… Read more »

Trade in South Asia: A Disconnected Region

CSIS interactive map of transportation projects, “Reconnecting Asia” – https://reconnectingasia.csis.org/map/ including rehabilitation of the Talaimannar Railroad spur, etc. 2012 UNCTAD paper on the “Political Economy of Regional Integration in South Asia” – http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ecidc2013misc1_bp5.pdf Graphic by World Bank, accessed April 24, 2017 at http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/infographic/2016/05/24/the-potential-of-intra-regional-trade-for-south-asia

New Silk Road or New Great Game?

India Developing New Sri Lanka Port to Combat China by Forbes, April 22, 2017 As regional powers like China, Russia, Japan, and India vie for political and economic position throughout the eastern realms of Eurasia, many of the less powerful countries caught in the middle are employing what could be called a ‘multi-vector strategy’ as… Read more »

The Economic Importance of the North-East of Sri Lanka

by Kamalika Pieris, ‘The Island,’ Colombo, May 3, 2016 Several valuable economic resources of Sri Lanka are found only in the Northern, Northwestern and Eastern Provinces. However, Article 25 of the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right says ‘nothing in the present Covenant shall be interpreted as impairing the inherent right… Read more »

CPJ – Keppapulavu Report

by Commission for Justice & Peace of the Diocese of Jaffna, February 18, 2017 CJP Keppapulam & Puthukudiyruppu Report   Includes detailed information on the population whose lands have been occupied.

Migration and Labour Shortages in Asian Countries

Where workers will be needed in the region, and where they could come from by The Data Team, ‘The Economist,’ London, February 10, 2017 Graphic detail    THE Asian “model” of migration tends to be highly restrictive, and often appears more dedicated to stemming immigration than to managing it. The continent′s governments frequently curtail entry… Read more »

Even Fish Have an Ethnicity

by Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Colombo, January 31, 2017 Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) cordially invites you to a CEPA Cafe event presenting Even fish have an ethnicity… : a study on how ethnic identities mediate livelihoods in a fishing community in post-war Sri Lanka While discussions on ethnicity and tensions based on ethnic… Read more »

Desalination or a River for Jaffna

by Thiru Arumugam, ‘The Island,’ Colombo, January 28, 2017     Proposed Desalination Plant in Jaffna In 2010 the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a total loan facility of 130 million US dollars for the “Jaffna and Kilinochchi Water Supply and Sanitation Project”. The local costs of 26 million dollars were to be met by… Read more »

GSP+ forSri Lanka – Testing the EU’s Commitments

by Thambu Kanagasabai, Toronto, Canada, January 21, 2017 Under this scheme EU [European Union] grants additional tariff reductions to developing countries for imports eligible to qualify for these duty concessions. This scheme which was enjoyed by Sri Lanka until 2010 was suspended due to the ‘failure of Mahinda’s Government to address reported human rights violations… Read more »

Window for Economic Take-off Narrowing

by Economy Next, December 21, 2016 Sri Lanka is in a period of dangerous policy drift with mediocre governance which is inherently unstable with the danger of falling back to a ‘big man illiberal’ politics is getting nearer, a top economist and policy analyst has said. It is two years since the Rajapaksa regime was… Read more »

How To Enjoy Your Vacation To A Country

By Gowri Koneswaran, Split this Rock, Washington, DC, December 14, 2016 ★        While planning your journey, accept that ethics are not included in the price of your ticket; ★        Tell yourself your currency is helping the country; ★        Do not question government control of the tourism industry; ★        When researching… Read more »

When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda

by Taylor Dibbert, ‘The Diplomat,’ Tokyo, December 14, 2016 A recent travel piece on the war-torn nation misses the mark badly. I was disappointed to read a recent Condé Nast article about Sri Lanka. Various parts of the piece read like the propaganda that comes straight from the Sri Lankan government. Let’s take a closer… Read more »

Clinton & the IMF

Clinton pressured IMF to not give loans to Sri Lanka: Min. Amunugama by LankaBusinessOnline, Colombo, December 7, 2016 Dec 07, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Special Assignments Minister Sarath Amunugama today revealed that Hillary Clinton forced IMF not to approve a loan facility to Sri Lanka when she was working as the US secretary of… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s War Cost US$ 200 Billion

by News.in Asia, Colombo, December 12, 2016 Colombo, December 13 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion according to India’s former National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon. In his book Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy ,… Read more »

Devolution of Land Powers

by Verite Research, Colombo, October 2016 Devolution of Land Powers_A guide for decision-makers Executive Summary This is a practical guide for decision-makers on devolving land powers in Sri Lanka. It is meant to help comprehend the complex and sometimes contradictory provisions in relation to the devolution of powers over land. The guide is presented in… Read more »

Fighting For Fish

by Meera Srinivasan, ‘Caravan,’ India, November 2, 2016 EARLY IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, Kadiramalai Loganathan’s father succumbed to a long illness. The funeral exacted a heavy price, and to recoup it the fisherman had little choice but to quickly return to sea. On the night of 16 December, barely a week after his loss, Loganathan… Read more »

Land Grabbing & Accountability

by South Asia Centre for Legal Studies, Colombo, September 27, 2016 Despite land grabbing being a common feature of many armed conflicts and an integral part of discriminatory policies against minority groups, it is insufficiently addressed in post-conflict or transitional justice accountability processes. While truth-commissions, in particular the Truth Commission in El Salvador, have highlighted… Read more »