Governance

Technology and Economic Transformation: Is Sri Lanka Prepared to Ride the 4IR Wave?

Sri Lanka boasts of a relatively high literacy rate of 92 per cent amongst its population. However, its computer literacy rate is a meagre 27.5 per cent. In the context of the of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), if Sri Lanka is to circumvent the middle income trap and achieve high income status, its economic transformation has to be driven by technology and innovation. This blog briefly discusses some salient points on this matter, with a particular focus on those highlighted at IPS’ New Thinkers’ Symposium.

National Medicinal Drug Regulatory Authority Bill and the Medicinal Drug Policy of Sri Lanka: Some Challenges

In this article, G D Dayaratne takes a look at the challenges in effectively implementing the National Medicinal Drugs Regulatory Authority Bill, which was passed in Parliament with amendments on 6th March 2015.

What Sri Lanka Should Know about China’s New Economic Dynamism

China’s ongoing reform programme is a focused and strategic effort that has the potential to transform the business climate and also competitiveness of Chinese exports. Sri Lanka should take a cue from it, argues Anushka Wijesinha.   “China is still a …

Better Business Development Services Can Help Sri Lanka’s Women Entrepreneurs Prosper

A new study by IPS and Oxfam focuses on the need to unleash potential of female entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, and reveals that better business development services can go a long way in helping women-operated businesses.

Conflicts Among Sri Lanka’s Health Workers Are Hurting Patients’ Care

All health sector workers – doctors, nurses, midwives and other paramedics – share the responsibility for delivering good health services in government hospitals. Duties and roles of these professionals are intertwined. But more recently, this ‘healthy collaboration’ has come under increasing stress in Sri Lanka, with conflicts between the different actors crippling some critical aspects of patient care. This article takes a look at this, and argues that what the health sector needs is a more collaborative and less adversarial approach.

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