Special Features and Interviews

Trouble Brewing? How Sri Lanka’s Tea Industry Can Prepare for Future Challenges

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.

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Improving Education in Sri Lanka: Priority Areas for Action

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.


Making Sri Lanka’s Post-war Tourism Boom More Environmentally-Friendly

In this second article in the special series ‘Post-war Economy: 5 Years On’, Kanchana Wickramasinghe writes that the boom in tourism and the expansion of the hotel sector in post-war Sri Lanka must not be at the cost of the environment. She is completing a new study that seeks to understand what pushes hotels to adopt better environmental management practices.


‘Sri Lanka’s Post-war Economic Progress’ – In Conversation with Saman Kelegama

As Sri Lanka marks the first 5 years since the end of the armed conflict in May 2009, the IPS launches a special series of posts on our blog – ‘Post-War Economy: 5 Years On’. In this first of the series, we feature an interview with Dr. Saman Kelegama, IPS Executive Director, who shares his perspectives on how the country has fared since the end of the war, and what challenges are in store for the next 5 years.


‘What’s Unique About the WCY 2014 and What Happens Next?’ – Interview with Milinda Rajapaksha

As the World Conference on Youth comes to a close, many who were not directly or indirectly part of it are not sure what the conference was all about, why it is unique, what’s so important about it, and what happens after its conclusion. So, on the sidelines of the final day of the WCY 2014, Talking Economics caught up with someone who is ideally placed to give you this introduction – Milinda Rajapaksha, the National Director of the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) of the Government of Sri Lanka. Milinda played a lead role in Sri Lanka’s hosting of the WCY 2014, as a member of the International Youth Task Force (IYTF). In this 11-minute audio interview, Milinda talks about what the WCY 2014 is and what it is trying to achieve.