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Economy

Hybrids boost July vehicle registrations

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Motor car registration figures for July show a significant increase with 2,551 registrations, compared to 2,256 in June and 2,305 year-on-year (yoy), with 827 brand new cars composing the figure, according to JB Securities’ market research.
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Geographical Indication for Ceylon cinnamon soon

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In response to a longstanding cry by the spices and allied exporters, action is now underway to obtain the Geographical Indication (GI) for Ceylon cinnamon and other allied products of which the geographical origin and its possessed qualities will be identified with a unique sign in the international market place.
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BOI promotes investments at Tel Aviv Biz Forum

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The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka recently engaged in investment promotion at an important event held in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Trade gap narrows further in May

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Sri Lanka's trade deficit narrowed 47.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US $ 393.4 million amid improved export earnings and lower imports, the data released by the Central Bank showed
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IMF external liquidity support still a possibility: S&P

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External liquidity support is still very much a possibility for Sri Lanka from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or from any other bilateral lender if such a requirement arises, according to a US-based credit rating agency.
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Lankan banks tighten defences against cyber attacks

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Despite Sri Lanka currently not being in a state of war and not facing foreign invasion, the country is ceaselessly engaged in cyber warfare, and a gap in the lines may bring the country’s economy to its knees, Central Bank Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
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June inflation at 2.8%

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Sri Lanka’s year-on-year (YoY) inflation in the month of June eased to 2.8 percent from 3.2 percent in the previous month, the data released by the Census and Statistics Department showed.
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April trade deficit narrows 17.7%; exports increase 9.4%

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Sri Lanka’s April trade deficit contracted 17.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) to US $ 682.2 million amid higher export earnings and moderate import expenditure, the latest Central Bank data showed.
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Southern unrest shatters middle east tourist confidence

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The recent unfortunate incidents that erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas will have an adverse impact on the country’s tourism sector in the backdrop of Middle East being the fourth largest inbound tourist market for Sri Lanka, according to tourism industry stakeholders.
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Tea board appoints popular tea personality as ambassador

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board has appointed Mike Bunston OBE, an eminent personality in the international tea trade with over 56 years of experience as Honorary Te a Ambassador for Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom.
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Policy rates unchanged; April credit growth at 3.3%

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The Monetary Board of the Central Bank yesterday decided to maintain the policy rates unchanged for the month of June despite the private sector credit growing at a slower pace of 3.3 percent in April, compared to 4.3 percent in March.
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Auto importers cry foul at new valuation method on imported vehicles

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The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA), an industry body consisting of automotive franchise holders, cried foul at the recently implemented valuation method on imported vehicles and urged the authorities to immediately withdraw the new method.
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New tank farm, bunkering terminal facilities to open at H’tota port

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The new tank farm complex and the bunkering terminal of the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota is set to be opened on June 22 by President Mahinda Rjapaksa, a media statement by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.
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Emerging markets should be prepared for Fed tightening

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Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said he would not expect the US Federal Reserve to take account of its actions on developing economies when time comes for the end of quantitative easing and every emerging market should be prepared for Fed tightening.
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FDIs in 1Q doubles; minister confident of achieving elusive US $ 2bn target this year

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Despite failing to achieve the target of US $ 2 billion in foreign direct investments (FDIs) last year, Investment Promotions Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said they are confident of their ability to exceed the mark of US $ 2 billion this year.
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Pakistan likely to expand FTA trade with Sri Lanka

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Pakistan, Sri Lanka’s second largest trade partner in the region, has indicated interest in expanding its free trade agreement (FTA) trade with the island, creating growth in bilateral trade, which already exceeds the US $ 460 million mark, according to Sri Lanka’s trade ministry.
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Total Govt. Debt increases by Rs.793bn in 2013

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The total government debt increased to Rs.6793 billion in 2013 from Rs.6000 billion in 2012, according to the 2013 annual report of the Finance and Planning Ministry released yesterday.
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Sri Lankan tea players to benefit from world’s aging population: report

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Sri Lanka’s tea sector players are likely to benefit from the new demand coming from the ageing population in the global market place, particularly from countries such as Japan, Europe and the US, according to a recent study by the Business and Information Division of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
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March exports jump 28.6%; trade gap narrows 15.5%

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Sri Lanka’s March trade deficit contracted 15.5 percent year-onyear (YoY) to US $ 602.2 million amid higher export earnings and moderate import expenditure, the latest data released by the Central Bank showed.
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CB Governor admits challenges, assures no retrenchment

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Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor urged top banking and non-banking sector officials to “put their thinking caps on” in order to ensure that financial sector consolidation can be a seamless transition into something new, exciting and sustainable.
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Finance sector consolidation not an ad-hoc move: Cabraal

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Consolidation of the banking and non-banking sectors is not an ad-hoc arrangement but is part of an overall strategy and is being done at the most suitable time for the country, Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
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