Sri Lanka is committed to establishing a National Single Window (NSW) for international trade as a policy priority. This blog by Janaka Wijayasiri explores the different options for the country’s NSW operational model. A policy decision in this regard will help determine sources of funding for the project, its implementation, budget, and fees to be charged for the services provided by the NSW operator.
Given the necessity to simplify trade procedures, Sri Lanka has identified the implementation of a Single Window (SW) for trade as a national priority and currently a blueprint is being developed. IPS researchers argue that more advanced SWs takes time, money, and effort. Thus, it requires a careful cost-benefit analysis, as well as managing expectations of all stakeholders, given the time frame for implementation, capabilities and resources available in Sri Lanka.
The much touted Sri Lanka – Singapore FTA was signed on 23 January 2018, marking a milestone moment in the trade and economic relations between the two islands. This blog analyses the key features of the FTA and the benefits Sri Lanka can reap from the partnership.
With the Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak’s visit to Sri Lanka, there has been a renewed interest in entering into a FTA with Malaysia. If such a FTA comes into fruition, how will it impact Sri Lanka’s trade? Preliminary estimates by IPS suggest that likely gains from bilateral trade liberalization in goods will be limited to few products, but there might be gains from other areas of cooperation, namely in investment flows to Sri Lanka.
Due to the failure of developed countries to adequately financially assist developing countries, the latter are increasingly looking towards creating outward oriented economies that are more suitable for foreign direct investment and export promotion. As such, the share of South-South Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of total world FDI has risen from 3% at the beginning of the century to around 14% in 2009, and has risen even further in recent years. In this context, this blog analyses the importance of South-South investment to developing countries, with a focus on Sri Lanka.