Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and their Impact on Trade Facilitation and Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka,

This study conducts an evaluation of the effectiveness of Export Processing Zones (EPZs) on trade facilitation measures and poverty reduction in Sri Lanka. There is limited analysis on how EPZs facilitate trade by providing better governance through more efficient procedures and minimizing bureaucratic interference in customs-related procedures. Furthermore, poverty reduction impacts of EPZs including employment generation, education and specialized training among the poor in these areas have not been sufficiently explored in Sri Lanka. As such, this study aims to explore the abovementioned issues.

Research team

Ashani Abayasekera
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Chandana Karunaratne


United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

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