Reducing Connectivity Costs: Air Travel Liberalization between India and Sri Lanka

08 October 2018
Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo

Gains from air services liberalization between India and Sri Lanka have been substantial and can be increased by spurring more competition on the routes between the two countries , notes the report by World Bank ‘A Glass Half full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia’. The report was launched by World Bank, in partnership with IPS, on 08 October 2018, at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, and former IPS researchers, Raveen Ekanayake and Vishvanathan Subramaniam, with World Bank,  co-authored the chapter on ‘Reducing Connectivity Costs: Air Travel Liberalization between India and Sri Lanka’. The chapter highlights that, other countries in South Asia, can learn from this experience and strive for deep air service liberalization with each other.

The event was attended by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Indrajit Coomaraswamy, and World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough. The launch of the report was followed by a panel discussion consisting of academics, think tanks, and the private sector, which was moderated by IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage.