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Digitisation and transparency
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As the Government moves to increase transparency through a wider digitisation strategy it is important that this measure is linked to crucial economic frameworks such as the Budget process. Budget 2019 is currently being formulated by the Finance Ministry and...
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Rethinking the rupee crisis 
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The call by the Government to reduce imports as an effort to counter the impact of Sri Lanka’s fast depreciating rupee was met with disdain by many members of the public. This is largely because an import contraction is seen...
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Right to Information: A journey from secrecy to openness
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BY AANYA WIPULASENA AND RAJITHA JAGODA ARACHCHI Eighteen months in operation, Sri Lanka’s Right to Information law is empowering citizens all over the island – from newsrooms to tiny village hamlets. Bolstered by a powerful and public-oriented Commission set up...
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Sri Lanka’s RTI report card: fair, but can be better
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The International Day for the Universal Access to Information (also known as the World Right to Know Day) is observed every year on September 28. This provides Sri Lanka an opportunity to take stock of how its Right to Information...
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The battle against homophobia in Sri Lanka
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BY AANYA WIPULASENA As LGBT communities in India celebrate the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships in the world’s largest democracy, the grim reality is that Sri Lanka has a long way to go, and news-creators and opinion shapers may be part...
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Online Govt. trade portal set to fail if structural problems go unchecked: Leading researcher
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By Madushka Balasuriya In July this year, Sri Lanka made one of the most progressive steps in its trade history when it launched the Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal (SLTIP). An initiative by the Department of Commerce, in collaboration with...
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Sri Lanka’s regulations, multiple state agencies blocking progress
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ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's multiple ministries and agencies and regulations is making it difficult to implement policy and red tape was hindering trade and investment, and reform are required to unlock growth, officials said. "Sri Lanka compared to other emerging...
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‘If changes are made in Committee Stage in Parliament, there will be no room to legally challenge draconian sections of the new legislation’ – says Gehan Gunatilleke
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Taken from Sunday Observer BY A STAFF REPORTER The Counter Terrorism Bill approved by cabinet last week is a major improvement on the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act, but the bill only has conditional cabinet approval and could be subject...
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Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment signs MoU with Verité Research
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Left to Right: Dr. Nishan de Mel (Executive Director – Verité Research), Mr. L. M. K. Muthukumarana (Deputy General Manager – Legal & Airport), Mr. W.M.V. Wansekara, (Acting General Manager – SLBFE) The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE)...
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Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018: On The Fast Track to a Turnaround
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Give top priority to foreign investment - Arun Kumar  Foreign investment needs to be a high-priority area for growth and employment generation in Sri Lanka, said Arun M Kumar, Chairman and CEO, KPMG India. Delivering the key note address at the inaugural...
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