Sri Lanka’s tea industry has survived for over 150 years. This interview with H. N. Thenuwara, an author for the forthcoming IPS publication ‘Sri Lanka Tea Industry in Transition – 150 years and Beyond’, examines the challenges and opportunities facing the tea industry of Sri Lanka and provides recommendations for the way forward.
Vision 2025, the current government’s short and medium-term policy direction, is aimed at steering the economy towards more sustainable means of growth, led by foreign and domestic private investment. However, is Sri Lanka on the right track in this regard? This blog, based on the views expressed at New Thinkers’ Symposium, explores some key structural and institutional roadblocks that are hampering Sri Lanka’s path to progress.
Generating a high share of tertiary educated university graduates, especially in STEM subjects, is a policy priority for Sri Lanka, given the country’s goal of becoming a knowledge based economy, driving competition through innovation. Properly qualified and trained teachers are the key to achieving this target. However, Sri Lanka sorely lacks subject-qualified teachers in science and mathematics. This blog takes a closer look at the problem.
In order to identify gaps in policymaking, and pinpoint priority areas for educational reforms, IPS recently held a Policy Engagement Forum on ‘Education and Skills for Prosperity: Building Networks for Bridging Knowledge Gaps’. This blog summarizes the insights, concerns, and recommendations shared by experts in the education sector.
The much touted Sri Lanka – Singapore FTA was signed on 23 January 2018, marking a milestone moment in the trade and economic relations between the two islands. This blog analyses the key features of the FTA and the benefits Sri Lanka can reap from the partnership.