On World No Tobacco Day, this article by G. D. Dayaratne examines the negative health issues caused by smoking, as well its impact on productivity levels of the workforce. In this context, the article discusses the effectiveness of measures taken to reduce the demand for tobacco by certain countries, including Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s flailing export sector gained some breathing space recently with the EU granting its GSP-Plus facility, which was withdrawn in 2010. While it is being touted as a significant achievement for Sri Lanka’s economic drive, this article argues that, its impact will provide only temporary relief. Therefore policymakers as well as the private sector should urgently ensure broader economic reforms in order to make the best use of this opportunity.
Women’s Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka: An Inquiry into the Key Social and Cultural Constraints
Social and cultural norms and practices continue to impede the full and equal participation of women in the labour market. On February 20th, the World Day of Social Justice, this article will examine the key socio-cultural constraints to female labour force participation and provide recommendations aimed at tapping into the full economic potential that women to stimulate growth in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. In this article, Janaka Wijayasiri looks at Pakistan-China FTA, which has been in place since 2006 and draw important lessons for Sri Lanka.
China’s new Five year plan appears to indicate a shift in economic priorities. This article delves further into this development and assesses the impact of this re-positioning on the Sri Lankan economy.