Economy in Sri Lanka

Verite Research Recommends Indexation Policy for Cigarette Taxing
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Published on Ceylon Today To reduce Cigarette consumption, while also increasing State revenue and maintaining profit for the Tobacco Company, a study by Verite Research recommends an optimal tax policy which could be indexed to inflation and real GDP growth,...
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Sub-optimal Tobacco Tax Policy Loses Rs. 20 B Revenue – Verite Research
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Published on Ceylon Today Sri Lanka currently loses an estimated Rs. 20 billion in revenue due to the sub-optimal nature of the country’s tobacco tax policy, says Verite Research. During a webinar it has organized, the research institute and think-tank...
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Revenue Enhancement Measures Critical in Budget 2022: Verité
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Published on The Morning Advises to expand tax base instead of increasing tax rate  According to former Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Verité Research Director – Research Deshal de Mel, while revenue enhancement measures will be a...
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Revenue Enhancement Measures Crucial for 2022 Budget
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Published on DailyFT Verité Director Research Deshal de Mel yesterday said revenue enhancement measures remained critical for the upcoming 2022 Budget. He said that as the Sri Lankan economy was still recovering from the impacts of the pandemic as were...
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Why did Sri Lanka’s Budget Deficit Increase in 2021?
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Published on The Morning Sri Lanka’s budget deficit has doubled between the period of 2019 and 2020. The budget deficit increased from Rs. 1,016 billion in 2019 to Rs. 2,090 billion in 2020, an increase of Rs. 1,074 billion. This...
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Doubling Exports in a Decade: Too Ambitious or Easily Achievable?
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Published on The Morning The Export Development Board (EDB) in April 2011 announced that Sri Lanka aims to increase its export earnings to $ 20 billion by the year 2020. This brought good news on the future of foreign reserves...
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Verité Research Pre-Budget Forum Offers Solutions for Forex Crisis, Presents Budget Proposals
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Published on Daily Mirror Verité Research hosted the online discussion themed ‘Steering out of the Debt Crisis: Recipe for Budget 2022’ on October 14th. The event was anchored around addressing Sri Lanka’s debt and US dollar liquidity crisis, and featured...
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Verité Moots 8 – 10% VAT for % and 2022
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Published on The Morning Advises to increase to 10-12% in 2023, 12-15% in 2024 Proposes to increase to increase(sic) excise tax on cigarettes and alcohol Makes more tax proposals on raising govt. revenue In view of the upcoming Budget 2022,...
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Explained: The Adani Group’s recent Port Deal in Sri Lanka
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Published on The Hindu As per the 35 year-long BOT agreement, the Adani Group will have majority, 51%, stakes, while John Keells would hold 34%, and the SLPA, 15%. The story so far On September 30, 2021, the Gujarat-headquartered Adani Group...
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Top Panel Sounds Alarm, Insists it’s Time for Urgent Economic Reforms
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Published in the DailyFT Sri Lanka facing one of the worst economic crises in its history Pandemic only exacerbated existing economic weaknesses; roots lie in unsustainable debt, fiscal indiscipline and low rates of growth  To emerge from crisis, comprehensive and...
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