Anushka Wijesinha

Access to Credit: Critical Issue for Conflict-Affected Enterprises

By Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer – IPS The IPS is collaborating with The Asia Foundation on their Local Economic Governance (LEG) project. This blog post captures some initial insights emerging from the ongoing field work. After being shackled by the …

The Beginning of the End of Cheap Labour for Sri Lanka’s Manufacturing Rivals?

By Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer – IPS Labour pains have blighted Chinese and Bangladeshi manufacturing in the past month, leading to questions arising on the sustainability of their economies’ low-cost labour status. In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, over 15,000 garment …

Can BRIC Lead Us Towards a Greater Global Financial Voice?

> part of the ‘Global Perspectives‘ series By Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer – IPS In April, the leaders of the BRIC nations met in Brazil’s capital Brasilia, ahead of the G20 summit in Canada and the IMF Spring meetings in …

The Sri Lankan Economy in the New Decade: What are the Policy Priorities?

The last decade was one of significant challenges for the Sri Lankan economy. It began with the economic contraction of 2001 (1.5% GDP contraction), following drought, terrorist attacks, the tsunami in December 2004, and finally, the global financial and economic …

Private enterprise growth in the regions: What is slowing it down?

The key question remains, in the short to medium term, will investments come from big businesses in the Western Province and abroad, or will it be mainly from sources within the regions themselves? Due to years of slow growth, regional enterprises do not have sufficient ploughed back capital available to expand into larger operations, especially in post-conflict areas and lagging regions