Private Sector Development
Pivot to Asia 2

Sri Lanka and the Pivot to Asia in the New Global Order

This article examines the implications of China’s rise in the new global order and Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy on Sri Lanka.

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Fostering an Innovative Entrepreneurial Sri Lanka

This article explores the problems Sri Lanka faces in terms of entrepreneurship and innovation, and suggests possible solutions to overcome them.

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‘Standards’ Can Help Sri Lankan SMEs Access New Markets

Government institutions and regional chambers must take lead role in creating more awareness on standards among SMEs and help them in implementation.

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Sri Lanka’s Post-War Hub Ambitions: Can Hambantota Learn from Penang?

In this third article in the special series ‘Post-war Economy: 5 Years On’ published on ‘Talking Economics’, Hambantota’s hub ambitions come under the spotlight, and the authors argue that lessons can be learnt from Malaysia in developing a smarter strategy to attract investment.

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Can Sri Lanka Learn from the Korean SME Promotion Strategy?

Last week, a team of Korean experts, who had been tasked with making recommendations on five policy areas for Sri Lanka (including SME development), submitted their final report to the authorities. I was particularly interested when I heard of this visit as I just completed a Visiting Fellowship at the KDI where my key research area was industrial policy in Korea, with a focus on SMEs. In the final research paper, I put forward some aspects of Korea’s SME development that may hold lessons for Sri Lanka. This article highlights some of those ideas for further debate.