Political & Economic Outlook

Verité Research has research programmes in economics, politics, media and law, which places the organisation in a strong position to understand the multiple forces shaping policy making in Sri Lanka’s political and economic landscape. This synergy enables Verité to develop advisory products that are specifically targeted to support clients in the corporate and development sectors with their strategic planning. To this end, Verité offers the following types of briefings.

The Sri Lanka Orientation Briefing offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to Sri Lanka’s political climate. It draws together insights from political and media research to provide an understanding of politics through both a historical and contemporary lens. The presentation covers the history and development of ethnic politics, governing structures and the separation of political power. It also discusses the emerging fault lines in the political landscape. The briefing is an essential introduction for those who are new to Sri Lanka or those who require a rapid but insightful understanding of local dynamics. Clients that commissioned this product include foreign missions and international NGOs. The briefing is adapted to suit the level of depth and coverage required by the client.

Today’s business environment operates in a highly politicised space. From strategic planning to day-to-day operations, corporate entities, development agencies and diplomatic missions are exposed to substantial political and economic risk. Verité has crafted its Political Economy Briefings by drawing on its substantial work in the economic, political, legal and media arenas. The briefings are specifically designed to help decision-makers from the corporate, donor and diplomatic community to:


  • Understand Sri Lanka’s political economy;
  • Formulate organisational/investment/programmatic strategy;
  • Design targeted interventions; and
  • Identify actors who promote or impede programmatic objectives.

Verité’s Investment Briefings have been developed for new and prospective investors in Sri Lanka. They aim to provide investors with the essential ‘know-how’ when calculating investment risk and making strategic decisions. The briefings provide an overview of the legal and policy framework for investing in Sri Lanka, and a synthesis of the current political and economic trends. They also explain the mandates and responsibilities of investment-related bodies and discuss influential actors that every investor needs to be mindful of.