PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT 

 

With a stated government policy objective of achieving GDP growth of 8 per cent or higher, Sri Lanka would need to raise its annual rate of investment from the current level of approximately 28 per cent of GDP to at least 35 per cent. With increasing pressures on public finances and announcements that public investment is likely to be capped at around 6 per cent of GDP, this higher investment ratio would need to come almost entirely from private investment. 

Within this, foreign private investment too plays a critical role. This then necessarily means that private sector development is a critical part of Sri Lanka’s overall development challenge. While the sources of faster growth in recent years have mainly been from government initiative, the sources of sustained faster growth in the medium-term will need to come from the private sector – large and small. No longer can we look at private enterprise development from just the narrow lens of ‘industrial development’ as may have been done in the past.

It is about exploring and addressing a myriad of factors that can strangle or strengthen the private sector, provide it a conducive climate for growth, and ensure it plays a substantial role in bridging growth disparities and contributes to more inclusive economic progress and prosperity in the country. The latter becomes especially important in Sri Lanka’s post-war milieu.                                                                  

 

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Research and Advocacy for Improved Sub-National Business Climates

This project was done in collaboration with LIRNEasia, a regional ICT policy and regulation capacity building entity, incorporated in 2004 as a non-profit organization under Section 21 of the Companies Act No.17 of 1982. [ Read More »] 

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The Impact of Credit on Small & Medium-Scale Industries (SMIs) in Sri Lanka 

This study looks at the impact of the World Bank and ADB sponsored "Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMI) Loan Schemes" on the SMI sector in Sri Lanka. [ Read More »]

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Tax Policy And Enterprise Development in South Asia 

Inclusive growth continues to remain a challenge for South Asian economies. [ Read More »]

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Sector Performance Review (SPR) and Telecom Regulatory Environment (TRE) Sri Lanka Country   Study, 2007, 2008, 2011 

This project, funded by LIRNEasia, seeks to evaluate regulatory efficacy in Sri Lanka's telecommunications sector, using a particular technique – the TRE method. [ Read More »]

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Feasibility Study on India-Sri Lanka Power Grid Interconnection

Governments of India and Sri Lanka signed a  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2010  to conduct a feasibility study for the interconnection of the power grids of the two countries. [ Read More »]

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WTO Principles on Telecommunications Services Liberalization: A Case Study on 
Telecommunications Interconnection in Sri Lanka

This research was done for an international project titled “How Economies Participate in the WTO: Case Studies in Developing Countries” jointly commissioned by the WTO and by AusAid and carried out under the leadership of Dr. Peter Gallagher of Inquit Communications Pvt. Ltd., Australia.

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Diversifying Participation in the Different Elements of Network Development: Replicating the Grameen Bangladesh Model?

This project was done in collaboration with LIRNEasia, a regional ICT policy and regulation capacity building entity, incorporated in 2004 as a non-profit organization under Section 21 of the Companies Act No.17 of 1982. [ Read More »]

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Impact Study on Infrastructure Privatization in Sri Lanka 

This project was commissioned to S.J. Associates, representing Arthur Andersen in Sri Lanka, with IPS being selected to form part of the consultancy team for the study. [ Read More »]

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A Method to Analyse the Viability of Private Sector Participation in New Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka

In view of the Government of Sri Lanka's (GOSL) aims to finance new infrastructure projects through private sector participation, this study outlined a methodology based on financial and risk analyses that could be used by the GOSL or a government utility to analyze the viability of private sector participation in new infrastructure projects. [ Read More »]

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Updating World Bank Infrastructure Report 

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Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges 

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Telecom Regulatory and Policy Environment in Sri Lanka: Results and Analysis of the 2008 TRE Survey 

This project was done in collaboration with LIRNEasia, a regional ICT policy and regulation capacity building entity, incorporated in 2004 as a non-profit organization under Section 21 of the Companies Act No.17 of 1982. [ Read More »]

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Effective States and Engaged Societies: The Case of Sri Lanka 

Tracing the trajectory of capacity development in developing countries that started from similar circumstances – for example, the legacy of colonialism, dependency on a few key commodities for foreign exchange earnings, populations that are multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural, widespread poverty and underdevelopment – is useful, to provide insights into cases of good practices that may be transferable. [ Read More »]

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Business Led Growth and Development Matrix 

This project provided a strategic meta-analysis of the key bottlenecks facing private sector development in Sri Lanka, based on available secondary material on business climate constraints. [ Read More » ]

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The Impact of Corruption on Investment in Sri Lanka 

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Import of Spare Parts and Local Assembly of Cars and Computers in Sri Lanka 

This study focuses on the vehicle manufacturing business in Sri Lanka, with specific reference to the assembly of vehicles from imported used/second hand parts. [ Read More »]

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The Problems and Prospects of Sri Lanka's Handloom Industry 

The study analyses the capacity of Sri Lanka's handlooms sector to meet the Government's objectives of employment generation and export growth. [ Read More »]

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Employment, Empowerment and Living Standards

IPS is carried out a study on “Employment, Empowerment and Living Standards” in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. [ Read More »]

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Developing a System for University-Business Linkages in Sri Lanka Strengthening University-Business Linkages

Organized by GIZ
Cinnamon Grand
Colombo, 23 May 2014
Anushka Wijesinha

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SME Credit Guarantee Scheme

Central Bank Financial System Stability Consultative Committee
CBSL Conference Room
5 June 2014
Anushka Wijesinha 

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Competition in Rice and Paddy Markets in Sri Lanka: A Structure-Conduct-Performance Analysis

First Annual Research Forum organized by the Sri Lanka Agriculture Economics Association Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

21st  September 2007

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Telecom Reform in Sri Lanka

Member of the faculty for the South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation (SAFIR) core training course on “Infrastructure Regulation and Reform”

Malathy Knight-John

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Trade in Biotechnology Goods and Issues before the Multilateral Trading System

Regional Conference on the "Agenda for WTO Hong Kong

Ministerial: Challenges for South Asia" RIS/FICCI/IUCN

Amrit Rajapakse

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Political Economy of Regulation in the Telecom Sector
Organized by CUTS-CITEE

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“Political Economy Constraints in Regulatory Regimes in Developing Countries” 

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ICT Sector and Regulatory Performance Indicators “WDR Expert Forum”
Organized by the Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore and LIRNEasia 

Malathy Knight-John

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Improving Telecom Performance in Sri Lanka: Policy Actions “CPRsouth 2007: Research for Improving ICT Governance in the Asia-Pacific”
Organized by LIRNEasia and the National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines 

Manila, Phillippines
January 2007
Malathy Knight-John

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An Investigation of the Replicability of a Microfinance Approach to Extending Telecommunications Accessto Marginal Customers: the Grameen Approach “International Telecom Society 16th Biennial Conference”

Organized by the ITS

Beijing, China
June 2006
Malathy Knight-John

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Competition in Telecommunications Networks: Anti-trust and Sector-specific Solutions and Challenges forDeveloping Countries “Capacity Building on Competition Policy in Select Countries of Eastern and Southern Africa”
Organized by CUTS-CITEE 

22-23 March 2005
Malathy Knight-John

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Infrastructure Development and Private Investment “National Law & Economy Conference”
Organized by the Law and Society Trust
Colombo, Sri Lanka
January 1995 

Malathy Knight-John

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Sri Lanka Electricity Industry: Long-Term Thermal Generation Fuel Options

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Priyantha D.C. Wijaytunga and Rahula A. Attalage

2002

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Electricity Pricing Policy in Sri Lanka ( P/ C)

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 Tilak Siyambalapitiya
1997
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Policy Issues in the Electricity Sector of Sri Lanka ( P/ C)

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 Tilak Siyambalapitiya 1996 
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Power Sector Development Issues Private Power Generation-Part 2 ( P/ C)

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Tilak Siyambalapitiya 1995
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Power Sector Development Issues Ownership Issues – Part I.

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Tilak Siyambalapitiya 1994  
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Energy Status of Sri Lanka-Issues Policy Suggestions ( P/ C)

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 K.K.Y.W. Perera 1992

 

 

 

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Banking on SME Growth: Concepts, Challenges and Policy Options to Improve Access to Finance In Sri Lanka

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Anushka Wijesinha,

Nipuni Perera 

March 2015

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Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka 

 

 

 

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IPS Research Team: Kaushalya Attygalle, Dilani HirimuthugodageSunimalee Madurawala
Athula Senaratne, Anushka Wijesinha, Chopadithya Edirisinghe 
2014 
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The Impact of Credit on Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMIs) in Sri Lanka ( P/C )

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Tushara Williams 1999
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Development Strategy and Industrial Policy - Issues for Sri Lanka ( P/ C)

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Chris Edwards 1993

 

 

 

 

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Devolution Revisited (Towards A More Effective Devolutionary Policy)                      

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Shelton Wanasinghe

2006

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Decentralization and Provincial Finance in Sri Lanka:2004 – An Update 

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 D D M Waidyasekera 2005 
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The Implications of the Changing Role of Governance in Sri Lanka 

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Shelton Wanasinghe  2001 
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Decentralizations and Provincial Finance in Sri Lanka  ( P/ C) 

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D D M Waidyasekera  2000 
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Effective Local Governance: The Foundation for a Functioning Democracy in Sri Lanka ( P/ C) 

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Shelton Wanasinghe 1999  
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Public Accountability, Public Expenditure Management and Governance in Sri Lanka, 1948-1993  (P/C) 

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David Hulme and Nimal Sanderatne  1996 
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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Public Policy Management: The Challenges for Sri Lanka ( P/C ) 

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Shelton Wanasinghe and Harshitha Gunaratne  1996 
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Economic Reform and Governance: Second Wave of Liberalization in Sri Lanka-1989-93. ( P/C ) 

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David Dunham and Saman Kelegama  1995 
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Activating the Administrative Reform Process in Sri Lanka. ( P/ C) 

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Shelton Wanasinghe  1994 
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The Law  and the economic Status of Women 

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Savitri Goonesekera  1990 

 

 

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The Problems and Prospects of Sri Lanka’s Handloom Industry. (P/C)

Ramani Gunatilaka 

 

     1997

 

 

 

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Industrial Development  In Sri Lanka: Papers presented at the 4th Annual Sessions

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Celonia Kerkoven -Sri Lanka 

     1989

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Industrialization in Sri Lanka: What Can We Learn from the NICs? ( P/ C)

J. P. C. Guimaraes

1991