Saman Kelegama was the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) from 1995 until his sudden demise in 2017. He was a trade policy economist who also worked on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics.

He obtained his D.Phil (Econ) from Oxford University, UK in 1990, with an MSc (Econ) from Oxford University and an MSc (Maths) first class degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India.

He was a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Economic Association. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia South Asia Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1998); Salzburg Fellow (1997); USIS International Visitor (1993); and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (1992/3). He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colombo, Post-Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BDTI), Sri Lanka and several other institutions. He served as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, UN-ESCAP, Commonwealth Secretariat, among other organizations.

Dr. Kelegama also served in the Board of Directors of many government, private sector and professional institutions, as well as in the governing boards of a number of regional and international institutions. He was the Chairman in many Sri Lankan and regional associations, and groupings and represented the Sri Lankan academia at a number of official delegations. He was also the Chairman of Singer (Sri Lanka) Plc. at the time of his death, and served as a Board Member at Sampath Bank for 12 years.

Dr. Kelegama presented papers in many international seminars and delivered public lectures in many fora both in Sri Lanka and overseas. He served as the co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal which is published by Sage International Publications, and served in the Editorial Board of the PIM Journal – Sri Lanka Journal of Management. He published a number of books and over 100 articles in refereed journals. Most of his writings have been on the Sri Lankan economy, regional integration and WTO issues. A book he edited titled: “Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates” in 2004 is one of the most comprehensive books on the Sri Lankan economy. He has also written to many local and international magazines and served as a popular columnist to local newspapers.

Advisory work
Board of Directors of government institutions
  • Board of Investment (1994-1995)
  • Public Enterprise Reform Commission (1995)
  • Human Resources Development Council (1995-1997)
  • Industrialization Commission (1997-1999)
  • Fair Trading Commission (1995-2002)
  • National Development Trust Fund (2004-2005)
  • Industrial Task Force (1995-2000)
  • Joint Apparel Association Forum Joint Study Committee (2002)
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Task Force (2001-2002)
  • India-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (ILCEPA) Joint Study Group (2003)
  • Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation (ISACPA), Joint Study Committee (2002-2003)
Economic Advisor to the government
  • Economic Advisor to the Minister of Industries (2002-2004)
  • Official delegation of the Government of Sri Lanka for the ESCAP Annual Sessions, 1999 and 2000, Bangkok, Thailand; the 12th SAARC Summit, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2004; and UNCTAD XI, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2004
International publications
International Books

Regional Economic Integration: Challenges for South Asia During Turbulent Times

(joint editor), Published by, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu; and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu, 2012

Trade Liberalization and Poverty in South Asia

Edited by Prema-chandra Athukorala, Jayatilleke S. Bandara, and Saman Kelegama, July 2011
Published by Routledge,UK and USA

Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia

(editor),Sage Publications, India, June 2011


(editor), Sage Publications, India, 2010

“Trade in Services in South Asia”

(editor), Sage Publications, India, 2009


“South Asia Year Book of Trade and Development on Harnessing Gains from Trade: Domestic Challenges and Beyond”

(joint Editor), AF India for Centre for Trade and Development CENTAD, 2008

“South Asian Yearbook of Trade and Development 2006 – Multilateralism at Cross-Roads: Reaffirming Development Priorities”

(joint editor), Wiley, India, 2007

“Development under Stress Sri Lankan Economy in Transition”

Sage Publications, New Delhi, India, 2006

Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates

(Festschrift in Honour of Gamani Corea) (editor), Sage Publications, New Delhi, India, 2004

International Refereed Journal Articles

Financial Inclusion, Regulation, and Education in Sri Lanka

ADBI Working Paper Series No. 504, 2014

China-Sri Lanka Economic Relations: An Overview

China Report, Vol. 50, No. 2, May 2014

China-SAARC Economic Cooperation: Emerging Scenario

Policy Perspectives, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2012 (Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad)

Trade and Poverty in Asia and Pacific

Book Review in Pacific Affairs, Vol. 84, No.4, 2011

“EU Trade Policy and Democracy building in South Asia”

International IDEA, Sweden, 2010

“Ready –made Garment Exports from Sri Lanka”

Journal of Contemporary Asia,Vol. 39, No. 4, November 2009.

“Towards Greater Economic Connectivity in South Asia”

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXXII, No. 39, September, 2007

The Bilateral Track: The Case of the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement,

South Asian Survey, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2006

“Ready-Made Garment Exports: The Case of Sri Lanka”

in Dialogue and Cooperation, Occasional Papers, 15:2, 2006

“Transforming Conflict with an Economic Dividend: The Sri Lankan Experience”,

The Round Table (The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs), Issue 391, 2005

Ready-Made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Preparing to Face the Global Challenges”,

Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, ESCAP, UN, 2005

“Regionalism Debate: Repositioning SAFTA”

(with Ratnakar Adhikari), South Asia Journal, No. 7, 2005

“SAFTA: A Critique”,

South Asia Journal, No. 4, 2004

“Sri Lankan Exports to India: Impact of the FTA”,

Economic and Political Weekly,Vol. XXXVIII, No. 30, 2003

“WTO and South Asia: From Doha to Cancun”

(with I.N. Mukherji), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 37, 2003

“Sri Lanka Economy of War and Peace”,

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVII, No. 42, 2002

“Indian Ocean Regionalism: Is there a Future?”,

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVII, No. 25, 2002

“Economic Cost of the War in Sri Lanka”

(with Sisira Jayasuriya and Nisha Arunatilake), World Development, Vol. 29, No.9, 2001

“Sri Lanka Economy in Turbulent Times: Budget 2001 and IMF Package”,

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 28, 2001

“Open Regionalism and APEC: Rhetoric and Reality”,

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXV, No. 51 ( Sameeksha, India ), 2000

“Development in Independent Sri Lanka: What Went Wrong?”,

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXV, No. 17 ( Sameeksha, India ), 2000

“SAARC: From Association to Community – A Small Country Perspective”,

South Asian Survey, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1999

“Indo-Sri Lanka Trade and the Bilateral Free Trade Agreement: A Sri Lankan Perspective”,

Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1999

“Impediments to Promoting Backward Linkages from the Garment Industry in Sri Lanka”

(with Fritz Foley), World Development, Vol. 27, No. 8, 1999

“Can Open Regionalism Work in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation ?”,

ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1998

“The Political Economy of Agriculture Trade Policy: Sri Lanka in the Uruguay Round”

(with Prema-Chandra Athukorala), Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 7, No.1, 1998

“Privatization and the Public Exchequer: Some Observations from the Sri Lankan Experience”,

Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol.4, No.1, 1997

“Risks to the Sri Lankan Garment Industry from Trade Diversion Effects of NAFTA”,

Development Policy Review, Vol. 15, 1997

“Stabilization and Adjustment: A Second Look at the Sri Lankan Experience, 1977-93”

(with David Dunham), The Developing Economies, Vol. 35, No. 2, 1997

“Does Leadership Matter in the Economic Reform Process ? Liberalization and Governance in Sri Lanka, 1989-1993”

(with David Dunham), World Development,Vol. 25, No. 2, 1997

“SAPTA and Its Future”,

South Asian Survey, Vol. 3, Nos. 1&2, 1996

“External Shocks & Domestic Policy Adjustment: The Case of Sri Lanka”

(with Howard White), Asian Economic Review, Vol. 36, No. 3, 1994

“Labour Absorption in Industries: Some Observations from the Sri Lankan Experience”

(with Ganeshan Wignaraja), Industry & Development, Vol. 29, 1992

“Liberalization & Industrialization: The Sri Lankan Experience of the 1980s ”,

South Asia Journal, Vol.5, No.3, January-March 1992.

International Refereed Working Papers

Global Partnership for Post-MDGs and Resource Mobilisation:

Southern Voice Occasional Paper 6 – Dhakha, Bangladesh, 2014

“India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Free Trade Agreement: Six Years Performance and Beyond”

(with Indra Nath Mukherji), RIS Discussion Paper, New Delhi, India, 2007

“Regional Integration in the WTO Era: South Asia at Crossroads”

(with R. Adhikari), SAWTEE/CUTS-CITEE, Discussion Paper, Kathmandu, Nepal

“Productivity and Labour Cost in Manufacturing Industries: Sri Lanka”

(with Prematilake Samararatne and Malathy Knight-John), SAAT Working Papers, 1999, ILO, New Delhi, India.

International Non-Refereed (Magazine) Articles

“15th SAARC Summit: Emerging Issues”,

Trade Insight, Vol.4, No. 3, 2008

“Traditional SAARC, modern Southasia”,

Himal Southasian, August, 2008

“10 Strategies for South Asia”,

Trade Insight, Vol. 4, No. 1 (SAWTEE), 2008

“Working Towards a Common Position for South Asia in the WTO” ,

Trade Insight,Vol. 2, No. 2 (SAWTEE), 2006

“Emerging Scenario in North-South Bilateral Trade Agreements of South Asia”

,Trade Insight, Vol. 3, 2005

“Tokyo Donor Conference: LTTE Rethink Aid for Reconstruction”,

South Asia Intelligence Review – Weekly Assessment and Briefings, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2003

“SAARC: Time to Reflect and Take Stock”,

Trade and Development Monitor, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2002

“Full of Eastern Promise: South Asia”,

TransGlobal, DaimlerChrysler Global Transport Review 1/2000.

Chapters in Books (International)

China as a Balancer in South Asia: An Economic Perspective with Special Reference to Sri Lanka

in Thomas Finger (ed) The New Great Game, Stanford University Press, 2016

“Sri Lanka”

in Anis Chowdhuy and Wahiduddin Mahmud (eds.), Hand Book on the South Asia Economics, Edward Elgar Publications, U.K, 2008


(with B.S. Chimni, B.L. Das and M. Rahman) in B.S. Chimni et al. (eds.)South Asian Yearbook of Trade and Development 2006 – Multilateralism at Cross-Roads: Reaffirming Development Priorities, Wiley, India, 2007.

“Sri Lanka”

in South Asian Perspectives 2006: Regionalism and Trade, ISAS, National University of Singapore, 2007

“Repositioning SAFTA in the Regionalism Debate”

(with Ratnakar Adhikari) in A. Siddiqui (ed.), India and South Asia – Economic Development in the Age of Globalization, M.E. Sharp Publication, New York, 2007

“Transformation of a Conflict using an Economic Dividend: Sri Lanka Experience”

in V.R. Raghavan and V. Burner (eds.), Federalism, Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka,Lancer Publishers, India, 2006

“Trade in Textiles and Apparel in South Asia”

(with Bilesha Weeraratne) in CENTAD (ed.) South Asian Year Book of Trade and Development 2005 – Mainstreaming Development in Trade Negotiations: Run Up to Hong Kong, Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), India, 2005

“Market Reform, Diversification, and Food Security in Sri Lanka”

(with Suresh Babu) in Suresh Babu and Ashok Gulati (eds.), Economic Reforms and Food Security: The Impact of Trade and Technology in South Asia, The Haworth Press, New York, 2005

“Globalization and Industrial Relations in Sri Lanka”

in V.V. Ramani (ed.), Sri Lankan Economy: Policies and Achievements, ICFAI University Press, India, 2005

“How to Advance SAFTA”

in R. Sobhan (ed.), Promoting Cooperation in South Asia: An Agenda for the 13th SAARC Summit, SACEPS/CPD/UP, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005

“WTO and Regional Trade Arrangements”

in Bibek Debroy and Mohammed Saquib (eds.), WTO at Ten: Looking Back to Look Beyond, Konark, India, 2005

“Economic Theory and Development Practice: Stiglitz’s Critique and the Sri Lankan Experience”

(with Chris Rodrigo) in Partha Nath Mukerjhi and Chandan Sengupta (eds.), Indignity and Universality in Social Science: A South Asian Response, Sage Publications, New Delhi, India, 2004

“The Poverty Situation and Policy in Sri Lanka”

in Christopher M. Edmonds (ed.),Reducing Poverty in Asia: Emerging Issues in Growth, Targetting and Measurement,Edward Elgar, UK, 2003

“Sri Lanka”

in I. Merlinda (ed.), Agriculture, Trade and the WTO in South Asia, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2003

“Managing the Sri Lankan Economy at a Time of Terrorism and War”

in S. Katri and G. Kueck (eds.), Terrorism in South Asia: Impact on Development and Democratic Process, Shipra Publications, India, 2003

“Political Economy of Growth and Reform in South Asia”

(with Kirit S. Parikh) in Isher Ahluwalia and John Williamson (eds.), The South Asian Experience with Growth,Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2003

“Garment Industry in Sri Lanka”

(with R. Eparachchi) in G.Joshi (ed.), Garment Industry in South Asia: Rags and Riches ?, SAAT, ILO, New Delhi, India, 2002

“South Asia and Other Regional Economic Groupings”

in K.K. Bargava and S. Kathri (eds.), South Asia 2010: Opportunities and Challenges, Konark, New Delhi, 2002

“Agenda Presented by Bretton Woods Institutions and Food Security in South Asia”

in R. Adhikari (ed.), Food Security in the Global Age: South Asian Dilemma,SAWTEE/Pro-Public, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2001

“Globalization: A South Asian Perspective”

in R. Adhikari (ed.), Globalization: South Asian Perspective, SAWTEE, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2000

“IOR-ARC Beyond Maputo: Open Regionalism in the Indian Ocean”

in M. Reddy (ed.)Trade and Investment Issues in the IOR-ARC, Sterling Publishers, New Delhi, 2000

“SAPTA and its Future”

in E. Gonsalves and N. Jetly (eds.), The Dynamics of South Asia: Regional Cooperation and SAARC, Sage, New Delhi, 1999

“Economic Costs of Conflict in Sri Lanka”

in R.I. Rotberg (ed.), Creating Peace in Sri Lanka, Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C.

“The Second Wave of Liberalization in Sri Lanka: Reform & Governance”

in Ric Shand (ed.), Economic Liberalization in South Asia, Mcmillan Press, Delhi, 1999

“Privatization in Sri Lanka: An Overview”

in A. Bennett (ed.) How Does Privatization Work ?, Routledge, London, 1997

“Economic Liberalization & Structural Adjustment in Sri Lanka”

in Robin Ghosh et al. (ed.), Economic Development and Change, Wiley Publications, Delhi, 1996

“Distributional Aspects of Privatization: The Case of Sri Lanka”

in V.V. Ramanadham (ed.) Privatization & Equity, Routledge Press, London, 1995

“Sri Lanka ‘s Textile & Garment Sector”,

Asian Garment Sources, JTN Quarterly, Osaka, Japan, 1995.

Local publications
Local Books

“Mainstreaming Migration into Development Agendas of South Asia”

Edited by Saman Kelegama

Sri Lanka Economic Journal

(Special Issue in Honour of Gamani Corea) (edited with A.D.V. de S. Indraratna), 2004

“400 Years of Dutch-Sri Lanka Relations: 1602-2002”

(edited with R. Madawela), IPS, 2003

“Impediments to Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia”

(editor), joint publication of the Coalition for Action for South Asian Cooperation and IPS, 2001

“Study on the Impact of Labour Legislation on Labour Demand in Sri Lanka”

(with R. Gunatilaka), Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance and Planning, 1997

“Privatization in Sri Lanka: The Experience During the Early Years of Implementation”,

Sri Lanka Economic Association-USAID joint publication, Colombo, 1993

Local Refereed Journal Articles

“Global Economic Crisis and Sri Lanka”,

Journal of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, March/April, 2009

Book Review:

“Economic Growth and Social Transformations: Five Lectures on Sri Lanka” by Nimal Sanderatne (Tamarind Publication), Sri Lanka Economic Journal,Vol. 1, No. 2, 2000

“Labour Retrenchment in a Privatization Programme: The Sri Lankan Experience”

(with R. Salih) Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 21, Nos. 1 & 2, 1998

“Pre-Conditions for Sri Lanka Achieving NIC Status in the Year 2000”,

Upanathi, Vol. 7, Nos.1&2, 1996

“Structural Adjustment & Employment Creation in Sri Lanka”,

Sri Lanka Labour Gazette, Vol. 46, No. 1, 1995

“Trends in Income Distribution and Asset Ownership in Sri Lanka”,

Pravada,August 1993; (Also published in HRDC Review, 1994)

“High Interest Rates & Exporters: The Problems of Policy Options in Sri Lanka”,

Journal of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, November 1992

“The Non-Aligned Movement”,

Pravada, January 1992

“Trade Policy and Industrial Development in Sri Lanka”

(with G. Wignaraja), Marga Quarterly Journal, Vol. 11, No. 4, 1991

“Review of the: World Development Report 1990”,

Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1990

“Speed & Stages of a Trade Liberalization Strategy: The Case of Sri Lanka”,

Marga Quarterly Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1989

“Review of The Challenge in South Asia: Development, Democracy and Regional Cooperation”

by P. Wignaraja and A. Hussain, Sage, New Delhi & London, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1989

“Growth & Equity: The Sri Lankan Experience”,

Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol.2, No. 1, 1987

Local Non-Refereed Journal Articles

“Working Towards a Common Position for South Asia in the WTO”,

Sri Lanka Exporter, Vol. 55, 2007

“Interest and Exchange Rate Impact on the Economy”,

The Chartered Accountant, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2007

“Why is the Rupee Depreciating so Rapidly”,

MONTAGE, Vol. 1, No. 10, 2007

“Sri Lanka’s Export Performance in 2006: A Closer Look” ,

Sri Lanka Exporter, Vol. 58, July/Sep 2007

“Review of Human Development in a Knoweledge-Based Society- Sri Lanka Scene”,

Economic Review, April/July, 2005

“Oil Price Surge and Quest for Energy: Sri Lanka in Global Perspective”,

Economic Review, April/July, 2005

“Post-MFA Scenario for Sri Lanka”,

Journal of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (Special Issue to mark the National Business Excellence Awards – 2004), 2004

“Role of Policy and Strategy in

Developing Industrial Competitiveness in Sri Lanka”,Business Today, November, 2002

“Indo-Sri Lanka Bilateral Free Trade Agreement: Progress of Sri Lankan Exports in 2000”,

Sri Lanka Exporter, Vol. 34, June-August, 2001

“Industrialization in Sri Lanka”,

Business Today, February 2000

“WTO and Emerging Issues in International Trade”,

News Survey: Central Bank of Sri Lanka, December 1999

“Japan: From Economic Miracle to Recession – Economic Management during Turbulent Times”,

Business Today, August, 1999

“Indo-Sri Lanka Economic Relations: Trends and Outlook”,

Business Today,November, 1998

“Export Sector in Sri Lanka: Jubilee Reflections”,

Sri Lankan Exporter, Vol. 23, 1998

“Economic Cost of the North East Conflict in Sri Lanka”,

Outlook, Winter 1997/98

“Do Environmental Regulations and Laws hamper Trade Prospects ?”,

Business Today, September, 1998

“Evolution of Insurance Services in Sri Lanka and Private Health Insurance”,

Economic Review, February, 1997

“Economic Growth, Environment and Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka”,

Economic Review, Nov/Dec., 1997

“The Future Growth Scenario in Sri Lanka: Lead Growth Centres”,

Achiever, Journal of the National Development Bank of Sri Lanka, Vol. 1, No. IV, 1995

“European Community and Its Impact on Third World Countries: With Special Reference to Sri Lanka”,

Economic Review, January 1993

“Economic Cooperation in the SAARC Region: Facts and Figures”,

Lanka Guardian,October 1991

“Budget 1991: Macroeconomic Implications”

(with N. Gunatilleke), Lanka Guardian,February 1991

“Some Reflections of the South Commission Report”,

Lanka Guardian, August & September 1991

“Economics of Boom and Bust: The Thatcher Miracle Reconsidered”,

Economic Review, December 1990

Chapters in Books (Local)

‘Impact of Trade Imbalances: Contemporary Trade Policies and Agreements’ In Indraratna A.D. V. De S. and Saratha Vidanagama (eds.)

Achieving Economic Goals in the Midst of Global Challenges, 2012

‘The Case for Liberalization of Tea Imports for Increasing Value Addition and Enhancing Tea Exports from Sri Lanka’ W. Wimalaratana (ed.). Agriculture and Rural Development in Sri Lanka,

DRC, University of Colombo, 2011 In Indraratna A.D. V. De S. and Saratha Vidanagama (eds.)
Achieving Economic Goals in the Midst of Global Challenges, 2012

“Compiling Input-Output (IO) Tables and Social Accounting Matrices (SAMs) for Sri Lanka: Review of Progress, Problems and the Challenge ”

(with J. Bandara) in Senanayake, S.M.P. et. al (ed.), Development Perspectives: Growth and Equity in Sri Lanka – A Festschrift in Honour of Prof. W. D. Lakshman, Department of Economics, University of Colombo, 2008

 “Economic Integration in South Asia: Sri Lankan Perspective”

in Ajitha Tennakoon (eds.), Studies in Economics: Professor F. R. Jayasuriya Felicitation Volume, Prof. FRJ Foundation, 2008

“An Overview of Sri Lanka’s Trading Regime at the Regional, Bilateral and Multilateral Levels”

in A D V de S Indraratna, Athula Ranasinghe, and Subashini Abeysinghe (eds.), Global Free Trade verses Trade Agreement: Case of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Economic Association, 2006

“Fifty Years of Sri Lanka’s Participation in International Trade and Prospects for the Future”

in H.M. Bandara, A.U. Thennakoon and M.M. Gunatilake (eds.), Essay in Honour of Professor K. Dharmasena, Godage International Publishers, Colombo, 2006

“Private Sector: Role in Infrastructure”

in A.D.V. de S. Indraratne and A. Ranasinghe (eds.), Public-Private Sector Partnership in Economic Development: A Case for Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Economic Association, Colombo, 2006

“50 Years of Economic Cooperation”

(with Janaka Wijayasiri) in Sri Lanka-Germany: Fifty Years of Friendship and Cooperation, Colombo, 2003

“Competition Policy in Sri Lanka: An Overview”

in Malathy Knight-John (ed.),Competition Policy and Utility Regulation: The Sri Lankan Experience, Law and Society Trust, 2002

“South Asian Regionalism and Sri Lanka”

in Rajan Phillips (ed.), Sri Lanka: Global Challenges and National Crises (Proceedings of the Hector Abeyavardhana Felicitation Symposium), Social Scientist Association, 2001

“Liberalization and the WTO Agreement on Financial Services”

in Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka (ed.), Progressive Banker and the Law, Gunasena Publishers, 2001

“Food Security Issues in Sri Lanka”

in S.G. Samarasinghe (ed.), Hector Kobbekaduwa Felicitation Volume, Hector Kobbekaduwa Trust, 2000

“Investment and Globalization with Special Reference to South Asia”

in A.D.V. de S. Indraratna (ed.), Globalization and South Asia: Retrospect and Prospect, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 1999

“Economic Development in Sri Lanka during the 50 Years of Independence: What Went Wrong ?”

in Milestones to Independence: People’s Bank of Sri Lanka — Golden Jubilee Volume, 1999

“Insurance Services in Sri Lanka: An Economic Analysis”

in A.D.V. de S. Indraratna (ed.), Fifty Years of Sri Lanka’s Independence: A Socio-Economic Review, Sri Lanka Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Colombo, 1998

Opportunities for Trade and Investment Expansion for Sri Lanka under SAPTA and SAFTA”

in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (ed.), Opportunities for Trade and Investment Expansion: SAPTA and SAFTA, Colombo, 1998

“Privatization: An Overview of the Process and Issues”

in W.D. Lakshman (ed.),Dilemmas of Development: Economy of Sri Lanka Since Independence, Sri Lanka Association of Economists, Colombo, 1997

“EC and its Impact on Trade in South Asia”

in U. Everding and V. Gunawardana (eds.), Perspective of European Integration & South Asian Cooperation, Goethe/BCIS publication, Colombo, 1995

“Evaluation Criteria of Competitiveness of Nations”

in CIMA (ed.), Comparative, Competitive Advantage: Imperatives to Sri Lanka ‘s Growth, CIMA, Colombo, 1992

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Essays / Interviews

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Global Economic Outlook for 2014 and Sri Lanka

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WTO Bali Ministerial Outcome:
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SAARC Needs an Institutional Revamp

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Book Review : Famine, Fevers and Fear: The State and Disease in British Colonial Sri Lanka

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Vol. 80, April-June 2013

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“Migration for Foreign Employment – A Vital Component of Sri Lankan Economy”
Business LK,

March 2013

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Global Economic Downturn: The Challenges Ahead

Daily FT,
13th March, 2013

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Global Economy and Prospects for the Sri Lankan Economy in 2013

The Sunday Times,
30th December, 2012

‘Japan – Sri Lanka Economic Relations: 60 years and Beyond’

The Island,
10th December, 2012

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Book Review – Regional Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

The Island,
19th November, 2012

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Book Review – A must-read for all those who deal with Tax Matters

19th November, 2012

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Book Review – Taxation, Fiscal Policy and the Economy in Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times,
26th August, 2012

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‘Aid Effectiveness Debate in Busan’

Trade Insights, Vol.8, No.1, 2012

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‘Analyzing Consumer vs Producer Interests in Trade Liberalization under SAFTA’

The Island,
13th February, 2012

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‘South Asia’s Challenge: Generating More and Better Jobs in the Next Two Decades’

The Sunday Times,
29th January, 2012

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‘Global Economic Outlook and Prospects for the Sri Lankan Economy in 2012’

The Sunday Times,
01st January, 2012

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‘Human Development Report 2011 – Review’

The Island,
04th December, 2011

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‘Budget 2012: Bold Step to Depreciate Rupee’

Lakbima News,
27th November, 2011

UAE-Sri Lanka Economic Relations – A Growing Partnership

Daily Mirror,
24th November, 2011

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Regional Poverty

Himal South Asian,
17th November, 2011

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SAARC Needs a Major Shakeup!

The Island,
27th September, 2011

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Accelerating Economic Growth in Sri Lanka

Daily FT,
10th June, 2011

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What does the latest WTO Review say on Sri Lanka’s Trade Policy?

Daily FT,
29th April, 2011

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Crises in Japan, Middle East, West Africa will not hinder global recovery

Sunday Observer,
27th March, 2011

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Excerpts of the representation made before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

The Island,
21st February, 2011

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Food Prices Up Again: Why, How and What?

Daily News,
21st January, 2011

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Global Economic Outlook for 2011 and Emerging Concerns for Developing Countries

The Island,
3rd January, 2011

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Tax issues – Current system not delivering needed revenueToo many exemptions, lot of evasion

Sunday Times
21 November, 2010

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Book Review: Money, Inflation and Output – by H.N. Thenuwara

The Nation,
7 November, 2010

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Book Review: Challenging the Injustice of Poverty: Agenda for Inclusive Development in South Asia

The Island ,
14 October, 2010

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Anomalies in the Taxation System in Sri Lanka: Need for Reform & Restructuring

The Economic Review,
August – September 2010

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Role of Imports in the Sri Lankan Economy

The Island ,
29 August, 2010

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Issues for Thimpu SAARC Summit 2010

Daily News ,
21 April, 2010

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Services-led economic growth: How stable and sustainable?

The Nation,
11 April, 2010

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GSP-Plus removal ‘will raise many issues for EU in global trade debate Future of the GSP-Plus scheme

The Island,
12 March, 2010

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Recovery will be slow and steady in 3Q of 2009
Views on the current situation of the global recession.

The Nation,
23 August, 2009

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Review of the Book: Economic Wisdom for Babies

The Sunday Times,
07 June, 2009

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Global Economic Crisis and Sri Lanka

Journal of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers,
March/April, 2009

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15th SAARC Summit: Emerging Issues

Trade Insight, Vol.4, No. 3, 2008


Review Essay: Gamani Corea: My Memoirs

Sunday Island,
31 August, 2008

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South Asia Development and Cooperation Report

The Island,
25 August, 2008

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Traditional SAARC, modern Southasia

Himal Southasian ,
August, 2008

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Sri Lanka DFCC Bank

Daily Mirror,
28 March, 2008

DFCC at 50: Looking Back to Look Beyond

Sunday Island ,
2 March, 2008

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10 Strategies for South Asia

Trade Insight, Vol. 4, No. 1 (SAWTEE),
February, 2008

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Sri Lanka’s Export Performance in 2006: A Closer Look

Sri Lanka Exporter, Vol. 58,
July/Sep 2007

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Towards Greater Economic Connectivity in South Asia

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXXII, No. 39 ,
September, 2007

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Global Integration and National Interests: Managing Change in Sri Lanka

OPA Journal, Vol. 22,
May 2007

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India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Free Trade Agreement: Six Years Performance and Beyond

February, 2007

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