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Economy

Sri Lanka slips in WB’s Doing Business Index

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Sri Lanka has fallen four places down the World Bank's latest list of best places to run a business. In the latest World Bank's Doing Business Index, Sri Lanka has been ranked 84, down from 81st place it enjoyed in the 2013 Doing Business Index
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Individual freedom, open society vital for high economic growth

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An open society with equal access to opportunities and a respect for individual freedoms is a vital prerequisite for high-level economic growth, according to New Zealand’s former Finance Minister, Ruth Richardson.
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Lubricant consumption contracts in 2012

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Sri Lanka’s lubricant consumption in 2012 has declined by as much as 2,220 kilolitres (or 3.8 percent) to 56,334 kilolitres from a year ago, according to lubricant market shadow regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).
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Sri Lanka's resilience masks medium-term credit risks: Fitch

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Sri Lanka is the only twin-deficit country in Asia having a growth unaffected by currency volatility, according to Fitch Ratings (Fitch).
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Rupee under appreciation pressure at the moment: CB

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The Sri Lankan rupee, which hit a record low at the end August, is under appreciation pressure and the Central Bank has been intervening to curb a sharp rise, the Central Bank Governor said yesterday.
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Sri Lanka targets US $ 2bn FDIs from CHOGM

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Sri Lanka’s investment promotion bureau, the Board of Investment (BoI), said it would expect at least US $ 2.0 billion worth of foreign direct investments (FDIs) in 2014 from the Commonwealth Heads of Gover nment Meeting (CHOGM) alone.
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Cairn in discussion with govt. to commercialise Dorado well

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Cairn India is currently in discussions with the Sri Lankan government to commercialize the Dorado well in the Mannar Basin, probably including a pipeline from the well to Norochcholai.
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Indian expert urges to use satellite technology for development

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Satellite imaging technology has several potential public sector applications that could help the development process of any country, according to India’s National Remote Sensing Centre Deputy Director Dr. P.G. Diwakar.
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Indian pharma giant in licencing agreement with local firm

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Local pharmaceutical manufacturer, Lina Manufacturing Private Limited, a subsidiary of Akbar Brothers, has offered to manufacture respiratory care products for the Indian multinational pharmaceutical giant, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, under a licencing agreement, according to a top official.
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August exports up; trade deficit narrows

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Sri Lanka’s trade deficit in August contracted 24.2 percent amid earnings from exports rising 10.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) to US $ 917.8 million. The import expenditure during the month fell 7.7 percent to US $ 1.61 billion.
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IFC invests US $ 136mn FY13; doubles investment portfolio

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International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of t he World Bank Group, has invested US $ 136 million in Sri Lanka in the fiscal year 2013 to promote inclusive growth and job creation, the organisation said in a statement yesterday .
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Marketing cess on tea finally to be utilized

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board will be releasing part of its Rs.3.5 billion marketing cess fund in order to launch an aggressive promotional campaign for Ceylon tea in key markets, according to Plantations Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.
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Resolute Central Bank cuts policy rates by 50bps

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Amidst calls by various quarters to hold on to the current monetary policy stance due to possible inflationary fears, the Central Bank (CB) surprisingly cut its key policy rates by 50 basis points (bps) yesterday.
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Apparel exporters insist on flexible labour laws, revisions to energy tariffs

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Amendments to Sri Lanka’s electricity tariff structure and labour laws are being sought by Sri Lankan apparel exporters in order to facilitate apparel manufacture by lowering cost of production.
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September tourist arrivals up 26%

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Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in the month of September rose 26.2 percent from a year ago to 89 761, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority statistics showed. During the first nine months of 2013, the arrivals rose 15.5 percent Year-on-Year (YoY) to 801, 210.
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Labour, next major challenge for apparel: Cabraal

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Labour shortages as a result of Sri Lanka’s anticipated transition into a middle-income country status will be the next major challenge for the country’s apparel and manufacturing sectors, according to Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal.
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HSBC appointed primary dealer in govt. securities

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The Central Bank has appointed The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited – Colombo Branch Office (HSBC) of 24, Sir Baron Jayatilaka Mawatha, Colombo 01 as a primary dealer in government securities.
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Finance companies call CB to revisit penal rate cut

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Finance companies, supposedly the most penalised sector by the recent penal rate cut charged on default loans, have written to the Central Bank (CB) requesting to reconsider the new rule, Mirror Business learns.
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Gas hopes!

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Sri Lanka plans to strike a sales agreement with Cairn India within this year and hopes to join the natural gas producing nations club by 2017-2018, according to the head of Sri Lanka’s state-run petroleum exploration unit.
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Mauritius keen to establish air links with SL

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Mauritius, which is positioning itself to become an ocean economy, has expressed interest in signing an Air Services Agreement with Sri Lanka to boost bilateral trade between the two countries, a communiqué by Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Ministry quoting Mauritius Foreign Minister Avin Boolell said.
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IRCON to connect Pallai to Northern railway network soon

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A ballast train reached Pallai, in Sri Lanka’s war-torn Northern Province achieving yet another milestone of the steadily progressing Northern Railway restoration project.
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