Special Features and Interviews

‘Comprehensive Policy Changes Needed to Help Sri Lanka Realise its Youth Potential’ – Q&A with Nisha Arunatilake

In this second special post coinciding with the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka, we present an interview with Dr. Nisha Arunatilake, Research Fellow and Head of the Labour, Employment and Human Resources Development Unit of the IPS. Interviewed by the Talking Economics team (TE), Nisha (NA) discusses the challenges that must be tackled across a spectrum of issues – education quality, skills shortages, retaining talent, and improving the entrepreneurship climate. She says it’s time for comprehensive policy changes, as “selective changes alone will not be able to change the system adequately”, and points to initiatives by China and Singapore from which Sri Lanka can draw useful lessons.


WCY 2014: A Recap of IPS Knowledge Contributions to the Youth Agenda

The World Conference on Youth 2014 kicks off today with over 600 delegates from across the world gather in Sri Lanka to debate and discuss the critical challenges facing young people today, and the need to mainstream these issues in to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda. The IPS is proud to be associated with the event, as a key knowledge partner, with several of our researchers serving as resource persons at the event. As the WCY 2014 begins, we present you a multimedia overview of IPS engagement with the issues coming into focus at the summit, in this special blog post.


Latest Talking Economics Digest is Now Online! – ‘Managing the Middle Income Transition’

Sri Lanka has made a decisive transition into a lower middle-income economy. However, the challenge lies in sustaining this growth transition and positioning itself to step into an upper middle-income economy. In this light, the latest edition of the ‘Talking …


TE Digest Editorial – ‘Managing the Middle-Income Transition’

This edition of the Digest discusses critical topics that have raised public interest in the past year and relate to the “mechanics” of a new growth trajectory, such as the New Educational Policies and Proposals that were presented in September 2013, the 2014 Budget proposals presented in November 2013, and the WTO Bali Ministerial proposals and outcome in December 2013. IPS hosted a unique regional consultation prior to the WTO meeting, and developed a common position for South Asia which was then presented to the Minister of Industry and Commerce.


More IPS Research Made Available For Free Download: SOE 2011 and 2012 Policy Briefs

We are pleased to announce that the Policy Briefs of the 2011 and 2012 editions of the IPS annual flagship publication ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy’ (SOE) are available for free download. Now you can easily read online or download the e-version of these publications, which were earlier available only in print version, for sale at the IPS and leading bookstores. Together, with our earlier release of Policy Briefs from 2005-2010, the IPS has made available close to 500 pages of economic analysis, policy discussion and insightful commentary for free download and sharing.