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Asia’s Rise: Undoubted but not Unimpeded

The one defining feature of the shifts in economics, geopolitics and society taking place today, is the rise of Asia. What are the factors influencing this rise? And what lessons do they hold for Sri Lanka’s growth journey?

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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.

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Challenges Remain for Sri Lanka-China FTA

Although China–Sri Lanka trade had been growing steadily beforehand, China was not a large trading partner of Sri Lanka until 2005, which was a turning point in China–Sri Lankan economic relations. In the mid-2000s, China was increasingly asserting its global …

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A First Look at the Potential for Expanding Trade under a Sri Lanka – China FTA

Sri Lanka and China have embarked on a joint feasibility study of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and an agreement is expected to be sealed by the end of the year according to a number of reports in the media recently. However, there has been little analysis or discussion about the potential for trade expansion under a Sri Lanka-China FTA beyond general statements on how it would potentially boost bilateral trade. This blog takes a first attempt at addressing this gap.

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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.