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Will Jaffna International Airport help the Northern economy take-off at last?

Will Jaffna International Airport help the Northern economy take-off at last?

[By Jekhan Aruliah]****The opening, strictly speaking the re-opening, of Jaffna International Airport (IATA airport code JAF) in October 2019 was one of the more startling events in the North since the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009. In the North we held our breaths as…

Palaly comes to life again

Palaly comes to life again

[By Capt Elmo Jayawardena ] *****17 October Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome. There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport, and there will be others who will criticise and…

Emerging Technologies and Trade: Can Sri Lanka Stay Ahead of the Game?

Emerging Technologies and Trade: Can Sri Lanka Stay Ahead of the Game?

[ By Janaka Wijayasiri PhD  ]We live in an era marked by unprecedented technological change and innovations, which are transforming economic activities, including trade. While developments such as advanced robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and three-dimensional (3D) printing could open up many opportunities for…

Tourism vs. Remittances: Impact of Easter Attacks on Sri Lanka’s Foreign Exchange Earnings

Tourism vs. Remittances: Impact of Easter Attacks on Sri Lanka’s Foreign Exchange Earnings

(By Bilesha Weeraratne PhD) Sri Lanka was a few days short of celebrating a decade of peace since the…

Counting the Cost: Terrorism and its Impact on the Sri Lankan Economy

Counting the Cost: Terrorism and its Impact on the Sri Lankan Economy

(By Dr. Dushni Weerakoon   )Terrorism is not an obvious subject for economic analysis. The greatest cost comes in the…

Improving Quality of Jobs in Sri Lanka: Can Exports be the Panacea?

Improving Quality of Jobs in Sri Lanka: Can Exports be the Panacea?

(By  Nisha Arunatilake PhD) Sri Lanka’s labour market has been riddled with persistent high informality, an unchanging low female…

Managing Sri Lanka – China Economic Relations: BRI, Debt, and Diplomacy

(Dr. Dushni Weerakoon) China holds approximately 9% of Sri Lanka’s total outstanding debt as of 2017, and 14%…

Sending Sri Lankans and Receiving Chinese Workers: Emerging Trend of Labour Migration in Sri Lanka

Sending Sri Lankans and Receiving Chinese Workers: Emerging Trend of Labour Migration in Sri Lanka

(By  Dr.Bilesha Weeraratne)   Kamal, a construction labourer living on-site in Colombo, finds it difficult to make ends meet…

Explore All Options! Single Window Operational Models for Sri Lanka

Explore All Options! Single Window Operational Models for Sri Lanka

(By Janaka Wijayasiri PhD) Sri Lanka is committed to establishing a National Single Window (NSW) for international trade as a…

Regulating Inbound Migration: ‘In’s and ‘Out’s of Sri Lanka’s Policy Framework

Regulating Inbound Migration: ‘In’s and ‘Out’s of Sri Lanka’s Policy Framework

(By  Dr.Bilesha Weeraratne) With the recent signing of the Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA), as…

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