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Devolution of Police Powers: A Guide for Decision-makers
   
Devolution of Police Powers: A Guide for Decision-makers
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Devolution of Land Powers: A Guide for Decision-makers
   
Devolution of Land Powers: A Guide for Decision-makers
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Electoral Reform in Sri Lanka: Mixed-Member Proportional Systems
   
Electoral Reform in Sri Lanka: Mixed-Member Proportional Systems
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This report examines the key features and functions of a Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system that needs to be considered when engaging in electoral system reform. It provides recommendations that address the President's election campaign promises on electoral reform. It further reveals the MMP system as the only electoral system that can adequately fulfil the twin imperatives of reintroducing smaller single member (and several multi member) electoral districts and preserving proportional representation (PR) in voting outcomes as outlined in President Maithripala Sirisena’s Election Manifesto
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APRC: A Primer for Constitutional Consensus (Sinhala Edition)
   
APRC: A Primer for Constitutional Consensus (Sinhala Edition)
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Presentation: A Ship Without Sails: Trade Access Without Competitiveness
   
Presentation: A Ship Without Sails: Trade Access Without Competitiveness
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The limited diversification of markets and products has been highlighted as the core of Sri Lanka's export problem. In addressing this problem, the diversification of markets has received more attention in the recent past, and FTAs have emerged as the chosen solution to the problem. 

This seminar explored  how far the proposed strategy will serve to address the export problem and its limitations.  It did so by questioning whether the lack of diversification is the root cause of the problem or its symptom, and whether the root cause is in fact a lack of export capacity and low export competitiveness. 

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Sri Lanka: LLRC Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 4
   
Sri Lanka: LLRC Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 4
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This report  is Verité's latest study on the Sri Lankan government's commitments on reconciliation and accountability. The report assesses progress in the fulfillment of 36 commitments made in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 (co-sponsored by Sri Lanka) and in the implementation of 189 recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
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Sri Lanka Strategic Assessment 2016
   
Sri Lanka Strategic Assessment 2016
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CSO Sustainability Scores for Sri Lanka (2014)
   
CSO Sustainability Scores for Sri Lanka (2014)
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The Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) has been used since 1997 to assess the sustainability of the CSO sector. The Index has expanded considerably since its inception – it went from covering 18 countries in the Europe and Eurasia Region, to covering over 60 countries in different regions around the world. By using standard indicators and collecting data each year, the CSOSI enables users to track developments and identify trends in the CSO sector over time while allowing for cross-country and cross-region comparison. It is used by CSO advocates, development partners, and academics to assess international and regional trends in the civil society sector and to identify common obstacles impeding the sector's sustainability, such as the legal environment, organizational capacity, and financial viability. This is the first time Sri Lanka is participating in the index. Verité Research is the local implementing partner for the CSOSI.

 

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Improving Trade with India: Mutual Recognition in Conformity Assessment (Sinhala Edition)
   
Improving Trade with India: Mutual Recognition in Conformity Assessment (Sinhala Edition)
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In the context of growing bilateral relations with India, this study by Verité Research takes a look at the current status of Sri Lankan exports to India under the existing India - Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA). The study identifies Non-Tariff Barriers to be a critical factor in the lackluster performance of exports to India in recent years. 

The case of food exports serves to highlight how compliance with Indian standards and regulations forms one such significant barrier, due to India's non-recognition of testing and certification conducted outside its borders. The proposed solution to this problem - a Mutual Recognition Agreement - is one that is easily implementablewhich will help exporters enjoy the full benefits of duty concessions offered by the ISFTA and if done right, will help build confidence in the benefits of further integration.
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Expanding Exports: Relevance of Export Finance (Sinhala Edition)
   
Expanding Exports: Relevance of Export Finance (Sinhala Edition)
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This study examines the status of the export finance market in Sri Lanka and identifies the key limitations that prevent export finance from playing a proactive role in promoting exports. It reveals that the access, availability and diversity of export finance in Sri Lanka is limited and the few export finance solutions that are available remain weak and under-utilised. Export finance solutions reduce the risks faced by exporters such as country and commercial risks, encourage diversification into developing country markets, helps SMEs manage short term cash flow issues and allows exporters to attract buyers by offering better payment terms. By doing so, export finance can help promote exports.
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Improving Trade with India: Mutual Recognition in Conformity Assessment (Tamil Edition)
   
Improving Trade with India: Mutual Recognition in Conformity Assessment (Tamil Edition)
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In the context of growing bilateral relations with India, this study by Verité Research takes a look at the current status of Sri Lankan exports to India under the existing India - Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA). The study identifies Non-Tariff Barriers to be a critical factor in the lackluster performance of exports to India in recent years. 

The case of food exports serves to highlight how compliance with Indian standards and regulations forms one such significant barrier, due to India's non-recognition of testing and certification conducted outside its borders. The proposed solution to this problem - a Mutual Recognition Agreement - is one that is easily implementablewhich will help exporters enjoy the full benefits of duty concessions offered by the ISFTA and if done right, will help build confidence in the benefits of further integration.
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The President's Pledges to Women
   
The President's Pledges to Women
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In his Presidential Campaign, President Maithripala Sirisena pledged "A New Sri Lanka for Women". The pledge was an ambitious document in which he outlined fifteen broad promises by which the government seeks to alter the lives of women across Sri Lanka. 

Unfortunately, progress is yet limited and the broader 
commitment  to improving the lives of Sri Lanka's women has largely been forgotten in policy debate. Released one year since the election of President Sirisena, this report offers a review of the progress made on nine actionable promises of the fifteen pledges originally outlined in 'A New Sri Lanka for Women'. 
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Expanding Exports: Relevance of Export Finance (Tamil Edition)
   
Expanding Exports: Relevance of Export Finance (Tamil Edition)
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This study examines the status of the export finance market in Sri Lanka and identifies the key limitations that prevent export finance from playing a proactive role in promoting exports. It reveals that the access, availability and diversity of export finance in Sri Lanka is limited and the few export finance solutions that are available remain weak and under-utilised. Export finance solutions reduce the risks faced by exporters such as country and commercial risks, encourage diversification into developing country markets, helps SMEs manage short term cash flow issues and allows exporters to attract buyers by offering better payment terms. By doing so, export finance can help promote exports.
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Maintaining Democratic Space in the Public Sphere: A Strategy for Sri Lankan Civil Society
   
Maintaining Democratic Space in the Public Sphere: A Strategy for Sri Lankan Civil Society
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Over the years, the nature and extent of civil society space has been determined by the policies and ideologies dominant in the political sphere.  Accordingly, transitions of power have been accompanied by radical transformations of civil society space. In this context, a critical question arises: is it possible for CSOs advancing liberal and democratic ends to maintain their space notwithstanding political transitions? Verité’s  recent study sought to identify the driving factors that determine the sustainability of democratic space within which CSOs operate in Sri Lanka, and present a strategic view on how this space can be sustainably maintained and expanded in the future, notwithstanding political transitions.


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Improving Trade with India: Mutual Recognition in Conformity Assessment
   
Improving Trade with India: Mutual Recognition in Conformity Assessment
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In the context of growing bilateral relations with India, this study by Verité Research takes a look at the current status of Sri Lankan exports to India under the existing India - Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA). The study identifies Non-Tariff Barriers to be a critical factor in the lackluster performance of exports to India in recent years. 

The case of food exports serves to highlight how compliance with Indian standards and regulations forms one such significant barrier, due to India's non-recognition of testing and certification conducted outside its borders. The proposed solution to this problem - a Mutual Recognition Agreement - is one that is easily implementablewhich will help exporters enjoy the full benefits of duty concessions offered by the ISFTA and if done right, will help build confidence in the benefits of further integration.
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Expanding Exports: Relevance of Export Finance
   
Expanding Exports: Relevance of Export Finance
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This study examines the status of the export finance market in Sri Lanka and identifies the key limitations that prevent export finance from playing a proactive role in promoting exports. It reveals that the access, availability and diversity of export finance in Sri Lanka is limited and the few export finance solutions that are available remain weak and under-utilised. Export finance solutions reduce the risks faced by exporters such as country and commercial risks, encourage diversification into developing country markets, helps SMEs manage short term cash flow issues and allows exporters to attract buyers by offering better payment terms. By doing so, export finance can help promote exports.
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Sample: The Media Analysis
   
Sample: The Media Analysis
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Prepared by a multi-disciplinary analyst team with diverse backgrounds, The Media Analysis provides unique insight into the Sinhala and Tamil pscyche. This succint report highlights the macro context, implicit assumptions and trends of reporting. 

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Sri Lanka: Domestic Workers and Civil Society
   
Sri Lanka: Domestic Workers and Civil Society
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Verité Research recently conducted interviews with 22 members of civil society organizations to assess the quantity and quality of research on the subject of domestic workers' rights in Sri Lanka. While measuring and evaluating current literature on domestic workers, this report sets out a four-pronged hypothesis on why domestic workers' rights have not featured on the civil society agenda in Sri Lanka. 

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Sri Lanka: Domestic Workers & Employers Survey
   
Sri Lanka: Domestic Workers & Employers Survey
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Verité Research recently conducted a survey amongst over 300 local domestic workers and their employers. The survey was conducted in the context of a serious dearth of data and information with regard to domestic workers who work in Sri Lanka. Using ILO Convention No.189 as a frame of reference, this report analyses the findings of the survey and contributes towards better understanding the socioeconomic and cultural factors that promote and prevent decent work conditions for domestic workers in the country.  
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Sri Lanka Domestic Workers: An Analysis of the Legal and Policy Framework
   
Sri Lanka Domestic Workers: An Analysis of the Legal and Policy Framework
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This report analyses the legal and policy frameworks applicable to domestic workers in Sri Lanka. The report uses global standards of decent work to offer a fresh perspective on the problem and aims to outline a strategy for sustainable reform in Sri Lanka. 
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LLRC Implementation Monitor- Statistical and Analytical Review No. 3
   
LLRC Implementation Monitor- Statistical and Analytical Review No. 3
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LLRC Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 3 is Verité Research's latest study on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). This report is the outcome of twelve months of monitoring the implementation of the LLRC's recommendations. The report examines in detail the implementation status of 189 LLRC recommendations. It also provides an initial quantitative analysis of 563 complaints made before the LLRC during its public hearings. 
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Presidential Election of 2015: A reading from the Uva Province Election 2014
   
Presidential Election of 2015: A reading from the Uva Province Election 2014
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Anticipation of voter behaviour ?in the 2015 presidential election can be informed by the ?evolution of voter trends in previous election?s?. Analysis of election results in Uva over the last decade suggests that the war and war-victory created a deviation in voting patterns among UNP supporters. In the opportunities to vote in the early aftermath of the war-victory, a section of the UNP might have been persuaded to cast a ‘gratitude vote’ for the UFPA, especially President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The numbers suggest that in later elections the same voter might have decided to abstain (become a ‘sleeper’) thus making the UNP seem uncompetitive in electoral contests, even while the UPFAs' vote share ebbed. The 2014 Provincial Council election in Uva signals a return from that deviation towards normal competitive politics.

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Sri Lanka International Trade Performance and Prognosis Volume 2
   
Sri Lanka International Trade Performance and Prognosis Volume 2
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In this Research Bulletin, we provide a detailed analysis of  Sri Lanka's  trade performance during 2013 and the first quarter of 2014. The review highlights the external and internal driversthat shaped Sri Lanka's external trade developments. The key challenges the country faces in terms of tweaking trade policy to meet the twin objectives of reducing trade deficit and increasing government revenue is discussed in detail. The analysis shows that reducing the trade deficit by curtailing imports may be feasible in the short run, but it will adversely affect government revenue and economic growth.


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Secure Land Tenure and Property Rights
   
Secure Land Tenure and Property Rights
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The report discusses the main challenges faced by individuals and communities in the North and East and examines available solutions in terms of their effectiveness and feasibility. The report also presents a unique perceptual mapping of problems and solutions pertaining to land tenure in conflict-affected areas in the country. The mapping aims to inform decision-making relating to the prioritisation of future interventions.
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Provincial Council Elections 2014
   
Provincial Council Elections 2014
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Sri Lanka’s Western and Southern provinces went to the polls on 29 March 2014. The report analyses political party performance across using historical, polling division and preferential vote data sets. It also uses socio-economic data to assess the the impact of social cleavages on voting. 
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LLRC Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 2 - Constructive Recommendations
   
LLRC Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 2 - Constructive Recommendations
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LLRC Implementation Monitor: Statistical and Analytical Review No. 2 - Constructive Recommendations is Verité Research's fifth study on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). This report is the outcome of more than fifteen months of monitoring the implementation of the LLRC's recommendations. The report examines in detail the implementation status of 105 LLRC recommendations broadly related to the 'constructive recommendations' 
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LLRC Implementation Monitor - Statistical and Analytical Review No.2 - Special Report
   
LLRC Implementation Monitor - Statistical and Analytical Review No.2 - Special Report
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In November 2012 Verité Research published the LLRC Implementation Monitor – Statistical and Analytical Review No. 1. The report contained an analytical counting and categorisation of the LLRC recommendations and specifically examined the overlap and differences between the recommendations of the LLRC and the actions envisaged by the NPA.

The research series LLRC Implementation Monitor – Status of Implementation is a follow up to the first report and this edition includes a summary and an analysis of the overall progress made in the implementation of the recommendations.

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LLRC Implementation Monitor - Status of Implementation Vol.1 No.1: Land Dispute Resolution
   
LLRC Implementation Monitor - Status of Implementation Vol.1 No.1: Land Dispute Resolution
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Analyses the level of implementation of all LLRC recommendations relating to land dispute resolution. 
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LLRC Implementation Monitor Vol. 2. No. 1 - National Languages
   
LLRC Implementation Monitor Vol. 2. No. 1 - National Languages
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Sri Lanka's International Trade: Performance and Prognosis
   
Sri Lanka's International Trade: Performance and Prognosis
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Sri Lanka's International Trade: Performance and Prognosis analyses Sri Lanka's international trade with special reference to its trade deficit, apparel sector and tea exports. It also analyses and evaluates the policies and structural issues Sri Lanka's trade faces. 
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Provincial Elections 2013
   
Provincial Elections 2013
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Three of Sri Lanka’s nine provinces, the Central (CP), North-Western (NWP) and Northern Provinces (NP), went to polls in September 2013. These provinces, when combined together, account for about a quarter of the island’s Sinhala and Muslim populations and over half the Tamil population. This report includes province time series analysis and cross cutting implications of the election results. 

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Devolving Land Powers: A Guide for Decision-makers
   
Devolving Land Powers: A Guide for Decision-makers
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Devolving Land Powers: A Guide for Decision-Makers is a three-part practical guide for that aims to simplify complex provisions on the devolution of powers over land. Part One examines constitutional, legislative, administrative and institutional frameworks. Part Two deals with: a) how the Centre has expanded control on land powers; b) how the Provinces may attempt to assert some control over land. Part Three offers a comparative context for devolution in terms of: a) past local framework proposals; b) an internationally comparative context. 
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Budget 2013 : Increasing Assistance and Vulnerability
   
Budget 2013 : Increasing Assistance and Vulnerability
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Sri Lanka Budget 2013 : Increasing Assistance and Vulnerability presents an analysis of the contradictory nature of the Budget 2013 through increased assistance to the poor, while at the same time increasing their vulnerability. 

The analysis of Budget 2013, rather than reiterating the general criticisms reported in the press, presents an in-depth analysis of how the Budget 2013 actually represents a retreat from the welfare state and the impact of the ever increasing defense budget.  It further addresses the viability of the measures introduced for the assistance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the extent of executive domination of the Budget, the inconsistency of the Budget with the Constitution and the feasibility of the macroeconomic targets set in this Budget.
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LLRC Implementation Monitor - Statistical and Analytical Review No.1
   
LLRC Implementation Monitor - Statistical and Analytical Review No.1
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Sri Lanka: LLRC Implementation Monitor - Statistical and Analytical Review No. 1 is the first report in a series of research and informational documents intended to assist in efforts to implement the LLRC recommendations. The report contains an analytical counting and categorisation of the LLRC recommendations, and an analytical assessment of the National Plan of Action to Implement the Recommendations of the LLRC. The report specifically examines the overlap and differences between the recommendations of the LLRC and the actions envisaged by the National Plan of Action.
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Sri Lanka Provincial Council Elections 2012
   
Sri Lanka Provincial Council Elections 2012
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This report features a comprehensive analysis of the recently concluded Provincial Council elections, detailing the performance of major political parties, voting trends, and the emerging political landscape in post-war Sri Lanka. The voting environment, political campaigns and the various electoral politics preceding the election are also scrutinized to ascertain the level of transparency and accountability of the electoral system. The report includes data on previous elections to determine the evolution in socio-economic preferences related to voting patterns and also highlights the evolution of political preferences using a variety of visual data tools.

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Power Cuts in Sri Lanka 2012
   
Power Cuts in Sri Lanka 2012
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This report provides a detailed analysis of the main reasons attributed to the power crisis prevailing in Sri Lanka during a greater part of the year. It identifies how these reasons; namely, the unexpected high growth in demand, shortage in generation capacity, reduced rainfall in catchment areas and the breakdown of the Chinese-built coal power station, cannot fully explain the crisis. The report also classifies a policy decision which has been implemented to reduce costs but may have been utilized rather aggressively, resulting to have contributed to the power crisis.
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Employees Provident Fund
   
Employees Provident Fund
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The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) is managed by the Central Bank's Monetary Board, which aims to ensure that members are provided with maximum retirement benefits. Therefore, the Monetary Board has to make suitable investments so as to earn a reasonable rate of return, and one key area of investment is in equities. The EPF’s mismanaged its investements as its returns on stock market investments were much lower than the rate of return on government securities. 

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Sri Lanka Budget Report 2012
   
Sri Lanka Budget Report 2012
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The report summarises Sri Lanka's macroeconomic environment, analysing the 2012 budget and providing a comparative study of government expenditure. It finds that the focus of government expenditure has shifted from funding welfare activities to funding infrastructure projects. It also considers the amount of government budget allocated under the executive presidency, inconsistencies in taxation policy and a summary of government expenditure and revenue. 

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Doing Business Index 2012
   
Doing Business Index 2012
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The World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Index’ measures the ease with which domestic small and medium sized enterprises to do business. Between 2011 and 2012, Sri Lanka’s rank in the Doing Business Index rose by 9 places, from 98th to 89th. However, an analysis of Sri Lanka’s rise indicates that it was mainly attributed to a jump in the strengthening investor protection category, and that the country’s rank declined or performed poorly in the remaining 9 indicators.

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