Island Of Spices ‒ Eight Of Sri Lanka’s Most Exotic Exports

From time immemorial, Sri Lanka has been synonymous with spices. Of course, the little island is most famous for the…

The Annual Registration Levy: More Questions Than Answers

It has been three months since we last touched on the subject of the Annual Registration Levy (ARL), and several…

Sri Lanka’s Brain Drain And The Looming Talent Shortage

People leaving their lands of birth in search of adventure, and better economic prospects is nothing new. It is the…

CSE Monthly Analysis: June 2016

Last month saw small retailers around the country protest against the VAT hike, while investors found very little to cheer…

The New Central Bank Governor And His Plans For Sri Lanka

Renowned economist Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy was appointed the new Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka last week, following…

How Does Sri Lanka Compare With Lower Middle-Income Economies?

Sri Lanka’s growing economy has helped it go from being a low-income economy to a lower middle-income economy (LMIE), as…

What Is GSP+ And Why Is It So Important?

Now that the EU has lifted all sanctions on Sri Lankan exports of seafood, the island’s business community is gearing…

Why Sri Lanka Should Embrace Free Trade

Man is a funny animal. He has a tendency to be swept up by half-baked ideas, following which he kicks…

CSE Monthly Analysis: May 2016

Earlier this year, the January edition of this very report highlighted how the Colombo Stock Exchange had lost 840 points.…

The 8 Big Taxes You Need To Watch Out For

Ah… taxes. Nothing has the power to topple governments, and divide political coalitions like a tax. Just ask PM Modi…

Sri Lanka’s Underutilised Resource: Female Labour

A country’s labour force is perhaps its most valuable resource. A large, productive workforce, when combined with other inputs, can…

Why Sri Lanka Needs A Retirement Plan For Low-income Earners

Kandiah Ramiah, 68, begins sweeping the streets as early as 5:30 a.m. every morning and continues to work till dusk. He had previously been employed as a security guard by a private company

The New Increase In Vehicle Tax – What You Need to Know

If you were contemplating purchasing a vehicle in the near future, or are in the process of buying one, hold…

Everything You Need To Know About The Increase In VAT

On May 2, Sri Lanka raised its headline rate of value-added tax (VAT) from 11% to 15% to shore up…

Poll: To Privatise Or Not?

Privatisation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has always been a thorny issue in Sri Lanka, both politically and ideologically. It is…