Talking Economics Digest: January – June 2017



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The 14th Edition of the Talking Economics Digest centers on the theme of ‘Bridging the Skill Gap.’ The mismatch between the demand and supply of skilled employees is the Achilles heel of Sri Lanka’s labour market. If Sri Lanka is to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and become competitive in the global market, a skilled labour force is a must, and quality higher education and training is the key to achieving this goal. This is a concern that is explored in depth, throughout this edition of the Digest.

As in previous issues, the Talking Economics Digest is a collection of articles written by IPS researchers during the first six months of 2017, covering a wide range critical national, regional, and international economic policy matters, including labour, education, health, environmental management, human development and more.

As we mourn the loss of IPS’ visionary Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, this edition of the Digest is dedicated to his memory and the legacy he left behind. As such, an interview with Dr. Kelegama, done by former Central Bank Deputy Governor, Mr. W. A. Wijewardena, is featured prominently in the Digest.

You can also find out more details on our latest publications, including IPS’ annual flagship publication, ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2017’, focusing on the theme ‘Demographics, Labour Markets and Growth.’ The Digest also gives a glimpse into the goings-on at IPS. We hope you find the latest edition of the Digest insightful and thought-provoking! As always, readers’ comments, thoughts, and feedback on the Digest are welcome.

The ‘Talking Economics Digest’, published bi-annually, is a compilation of articles featured on this blog within a 6 month time period, together with new articles and special feature segments. As we distribute only a limited number of printed copies of the Digest, we present here the latest e-version of it for you. To obtain a printed copy of the digest and check its availability please contact our Publications Unit for details.