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.
Can Sri Lanka Learn from the Korean SME Promotion Strategy?
Last week, a team of Korean experts, who had been tasked with making recommendations on five policy areas for Sri Lanka (including SME development), submitted their final report to the authorities. I was particularly interested when I heard of this visit as I just completed a Visiting Fellowship at the KDI where my key research area was industrial policy in Korea, with a focus on SMEs. In the final research paper, I put forward some aspects of Korea’s SME development that may hold lessons for Sri Lanka. This article highlights some of those ideas for further debate.
Interview with Dr. Saman Kelegama on Economic Outlook for 2014 in the Global Economy and Sri Lanka
The Talking Economics Editorial Team met with Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the IPS, to get his views on the outlook for 2014 for the global economy and for Sri Lanka. We reproduce the interview here…
Demystifying Hawala/Undiyal – The Not So Dismal Science:[…] believed that informal fund transfer operations in Sri Lanka have expanded considerably due to the wide gap between the…