While Sri Lanka marks International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2017, the country is still reeling from the natural disasters that took place in the recent past. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues, while Sri Lanka has taken essential steps towards disaster risk reduction (DRR), there are still gaps that need to be addressed. She notes that, first and foremost, resilient development should synergize DRR and climate adaptation at the national level.
There is a clear gender-bias when it comes to the susceptibility to Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), with women receiving the short end of the stick. The prevalence of obesity, diabetics and cardiovascular diseases – leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and disability – is high among women in Sri Lanka. This article examines the risk factors that make women more vulnerable to NCDs and discusses how Sri Lanka’s health policy can combat this issue to protect women.
In the spirit of World Tourism Day on 27 September 2017, this article looks at how measuring sustainable tourism can help policymakers and industry stakeholders to make information-based, effective decisions. It argues that the adoption of sustainable tourism indicators in a sensible manner lowers the costs associated with inappropriate tourism policy interventions. However, the development of a technically-sound and meaningful set of indicators in itself is a challenging task for Sri Lanka.
The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating: Distribution and Revenue Implications of Sri Lanka’s New Inland Revenue Act
Much needed tax reforms were introduced, with the Sri Lankan parliament passing the new Inland Revenue Act, effective from 1 April 2018. How will this new tax regime affect the tax revenue and what will be the tax burden to on the people? Is it actually more pro-poor or is it another way for the rich to get richer? This blog analyses the implications of the new Act on the taxpayers as well as on the tax revenue collected by the government.
When it comes to free trade agreements, Sri Lanka should not lament about the trade deficit or the export basket but move forward with the rest of the world to gain maximum benefits from such FTAs. The India-Sri Lanka FTA has worked in favor of Sri Lanka but more work needs to be done to broaden and deepen it to reap the maximum benefits from it for Sri Lanka in an equitable manner.