Private Sector Development

Role of the State in Socio-Economic Development: Some Issues to Consider for Sri Lanka

> by Malathy Knight (Research Fellow) & Anushka Wijesinha (Research Officer) – IPS  ‘The Economist’ of March 19th 2011 carried an article titled “Taming Leviathan: A Special Report on the Future of the State” (http://www.economist.com/node/18359896). We draw on selected policy …

SME Development Strategies for Sri Lanka: Learning Lessons from Neighbouring Countries

> By Devangi Perera and Anushka Wijesinha – IPS   Striving for the growth and competitiveness of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector in Sri Lanka has often been identified as imperative in order to provide more employment, bridge …

Budget 2011: Preliminary Observations on Changes to Telecommunications Sector Taxes

> IPS research staff held an in-house discussion last week on the various proposals forwarded by the Budget 2011. This is the second in a series of posts containing some preliminary observations of the IPS researchers, and discusses the proposed …

Access to Credit: Critical Issue for Conflict-Affected Enterprises

By Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer – IPS The IPS is collaborating with The Asia Foundation on their Local Economic Governance (LEG) project. This blog post captures some initial insights emerging from the ongoing field work. After being shackled by the …

The Beginning of the End of Cheap Labour for Sri Lanka’s Manufacturing Rivals?

By Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer – IPS Labour pains have blighted Chinese and Bangladeshi manufacturing in the past month, leading to questions arising on the sustainability of their economies’ low-cost labour status. In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, over 15,000 garment …