Crude edged higher in Asian trade yesterday on supply concerns following escalating violence in oil-producer South Sudan, but gains were capped as dealers sat on the sidelines awaiting fresh leads after the festive season.
All Sri Lankan trade and business chambers must work together to foster improved standards of debate and discussion around economic and even social policy according to outgoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Koshy Mathai.
Export of Sri Lankan spices increased sharply to 40.4 percent Year-on-Year (YoY) from January to October of this year, boosted by a drastic rise in exports of pepper and Cloves, according to Spices & Allied Products Producers’ & Traders Association (SAPPTA) statistics.
Sri Lanka’s Central Bank (CB) will implement the third and the latest installment of Basel Accords— BASEL III beginning 2014, requiring the banks to further strengthen their capital buffers and also wanting them to decrease bank leverage, according to a CB official.
Sri Lanka Tourism welcomed a 13-member group from China’s ‘Travel Channel’, at the Bandaranaike International Airport, who arrived here to promote the Island aggressively in China via the Channel starting from January 2014.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cautioned the government for using banks and other financial institutions to borrow overseas on its behalf, as it could pose additional risks to the financial system.
The Sri Lankan government has started fresh talks with India, in a bid to bring changes to the existing Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA), as the controversial Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) has not come to fruition due to protest from various quarters, a top bureaucrat disclosed.
The Central Bank kept the policy rates unchanged for the month of December amid the recent pick up in the private credit and debt repayments by stateowned corporations, cutting the burden on state banksandthegovernment.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) expressed concerns over the recent budget proposal to reduce personal income tax rates, and described it as an act of giving away the money government badly needed.
Sri Lanka’s ship supplier industry must look to float a common bond in order to increase its lobbying power and push for concessions not granted with Budget 2014, according to Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Harbour Master, Captain Ravi Jayawickrama.
Sri Lanka’s corporate sector must take more steps to strengthen its governance provisions and avoid lobbying for undue business advantages, CBSL Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
Sri Lanka’s private sector may have to look at models for superannuation and pension schemes in order to cope with the changing macroeconomic fundamentals, as Sri Lanka moves towards the middle-income country status, according to Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.
Sri Lanka’s outstanding foreign commercial loan has jumped 36.2 percent within 18 months through end-June this year, an official document showed yesterday, as the island nation has been increasingly borrowing for post-war infrastructure revival.
Budget 2014 is widely deemed to be progressive and consistent with previous targets of reaching middle-income status by 2016, however Sri Lankans must now gear to face new challenges such as current, fiscal and democratic deficits faced by the country, according to Gajma Tax Consultant Senior Partner, N. R. Gajendran.
The Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (SLBA) yesterday said the issuance of traveller’s cheques has been stopped with immediate effect.
The 2 percent Nation Building Tax (NBT) extended to banks and financial institutions in the 2014 budget have created some confusion as no explanation has been given so far as to whether the said tax would be applied to the gross turnover or the profits.
In a bid to attract more companies to the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), the Budget 2014 extended the 3-year 50 percent tax holiday from 2014 onwards for new listings.
Tourist arrivals to the country during the month of October rose 27.9 percent from a year ago to 102, 805. The cumulative arrivals during January-October rose 16.8 percent Year-on-Year to 904, 015.
The Census and Statistics Department data showed the Sri Lankan economy grew 7.8 percent in third quarter (3Q) this year, accelerating from 6 percent and 6.8 percent recorded in 1Q and 2Q respectively.
The imports to the country during the month of September rose 23 percent Year-on-Year (YoY) to US $ 1.61 billion and exports grew by 11 percent to US $ 890 million, expanding the country’s trade gap by 41.1 percent or US $ 698 million, external sector data showed.
Property Alliance Capital, Australia and local ISL Holdings (Pvt) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Board of Investment (BOI) over its US$ 450 million Prosperity Place mixed development alongside the Beira Lake.
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