IPS research on Private Sector Development examines the constraints to a conducive business environment for greater private sector investment, including FDI. This includes addressing limitations on the institutions and regulatory processes which impact on private sector activity, innovation and entrepreneurship in an economy. In particular, policy constraints hindering SME growth such as technology transfer, market linkages, access to information, access to business development services, amongst others, need to be identified and addressed to maximize SME contribution to export growth and employment generation.
Book review of “South Asia’s Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create Next Export Powerhouse” for South Asian Economic Journal
D D M Waidyasekera
Policy Issues in the Electricity Sector of Sri Lanka ( P/ C)
David Hulme and Nimal Sanderatne
Shelton Wanasinghe and Harshitha Gunaratne
Economic Reform and Governance: Second Wave of Liberalization in Sri Lanka-1989-93
David Dunham and Saman The Experience During the Early Years of ImplementationKelegama
Industrial Development In Sri Lanka: Papers presented at the 4th Annual Sessions
Celonia Kerkoven -Sri Lanka
Banking on SME Growth: Concepts, Challenges and Policy Options to Improve Access to Finance In Sri Lanka
Anushka Wijesinha, Nipuni Perera
Devolution Revisited (Towards A More Effective Devolutionary Policy)
Decentralization and Provincial Finance in Sri Lanka:2004 – An Update
D D M Waidyasekera
Priyantha D.C. Wijaytunga and Rahula A. Attalage
A Method to Analyze the Viability of Private Sector Participation in New Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka
Activating the Adm“Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges”, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, 2007. available at:inistrative Reform Process in Sri Lanka
Development Strategy and Industrial Policy – Issues for Sri Lanka ( P/ C)
Energy Status of Sri Lanka-Issues Policy Suggestions ( P/ C)
J. P. C. Guimaraes
Celonia Kerkoven Sri Lanka
“Privatization in Sri Lanka: The Experience During the Early Years of Implementation”,
Sri Lanka Economic Association-USAID joint publication, Colombo, 1993
The Evolving Role of the State: Privatization, Competition and Regulatory Governance” in , Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa, 2011.
Knight, M., Kelegama, S. and D. Gunawardena (eds.)
“Making a Business out of a Village Phone”, in ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia: Policy and Regulatory Roadblocks, New Delhi: Sage, 2008.
Knight, M.,R. Samarajiva & Ayesha Zainudeen (eds.),
“Disaster Management Policy and Practice: Lessons for Government, Civil Society and the Private Sector in Sri Lanka”, IPS Research Studies: Environmental Economic Policy Series No.11, April 2007, Colombo:IPS
Knight, M.,Paul Steele, Kanchana Wickremasinghe, Amrit Rajapakse and Kanchana Senanayake
“Assessing Privatization in Sri Lanka: Distribution and Governance” (2005). In Reality Check: The Distributional Impact of Privatization in Developing Countries. Washington D.C.: Center for Global Development.
Knight, M., P.P.A. Wasantha Athukorala, Eds. John Nellis & Nancy Birdsall
“Performance Contracts: The Sri Lankan Experience” (with W.C Dheerasekera) (1999) In Public Enterprise Reform and Performance Contracting: The State of the Art. New York: United Nations.
“Liberalisation and Privatisation: Telecommunication Reforms in Sri Lanka” (with Sisira Jayasuriya) (1998) In Telecommunications and Socio-Economic Development (Eds. Stuart MacDonald & Gary Madden). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
“Private Participation in Infrastructure Development” (1997) in Infrastructure Development in Sri Lanka: Regulation, Policy, and Finance, Hong Kong: Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.
“Banking on SME Growth: Concepts, Challenges and Policy Options to Improve Access to Finance in Sri Lanka”, IPS Working Paper Series No. 20.
Wijesinha, A., and N. Perera,
“Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka” jointly published with Oxfam International, Sri Lanka, May 2014.
‘Incentivizing Foreign Investment in Sri Lanka and the Role of Tax Incentives, IPS Research Studies: Working Paper Series, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Wijesinha, A., R. Ekanayake, and G. Mahendran (2013),
‘State Leadership in Industrialization: Korean Approaches for SME Development and Relevance to Sri Lanka’, Asia Development Fellowship Series, The Asia Foundation Korea, Republic of Korea.
Wijesinha, A., (2013)
“Access to Finance for SMEs: Challenges and Policy Options”, Economic Review, December 2012/January 2013, Peoples Bank
“Connecting South Asia: Liberalizing Air Services”, Trade Insight, Vol. 9, No.2, 2013, SAWTEE, Nepal
“Air Services Liberalization in South Asia” in “Regional Integration and Economic Development in South Asia”, ADB, Manila, also in South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) Journal, Volume 5, Islamabad
Wijesinha, A. (2012), ·
‘Fostering Innovation to Fast-forward Growth in Sri Lanka’, IPS Research Studies: Working Paper Series, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Wijesinha, A. and N. Perera (2012),
“Incentivizing Foreign Investment in Sri Lanka and the Role of Tax Incentives”, Research Studies: Working Paper Series No.17, April 2013, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
Ekanayake, R., Anushka Wijesinha and G. Mahendra
Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Oxfam GB, Sri Lanka
“Assessing and Reformulating SAARC Road Map”, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, South Asia Center for Policy Studies (SACEPS) Paper No. 18.
“Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges”, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, 2007. available at:
Steele, Paul (2006),
Steele, Paul (2005)
Electricity Pricing Policy in Sri Lanka
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1997)
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1996)
Power Sector Development Issues: Ownership Issues – Part I
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1994)
Edwards, Chris (1993)
Gunatilaka, Ramani (1997),
Sri Lanka Electricity Industry: Long-Term Thermal Generation Fuel Options
Wijaytunga, Priyantha D.C. and Rahula A. Attalage (2002),
The Impact of Credit on Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMIs) in Sri Lanka
Williams, Tushara (1999),
A Method to Analyze Viability of Private Sector Participation in New Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka
Energy Status of Sri Lanka-Issues Policy Suggestions
Perera, K.K.Y.W. (1992),
Kerkoven, Celonia -Sri Lanka (1989)