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Sri Lanka lost a large chunk of its tax base due to changes made in tax system in 2020

Sri Lanka has lost a large chunk of its tax base due to significant changes in its tax system made in 2020 including the increase in VAT registration threshold on…

Sri Lanka Secures Initial IMF Approval for $2.9 B Bailout Package

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Peter Breuer and Masahiro Nozaki visited Colombo from August 24 to September 1, 2022, to continue discussions on IMF support for Sri…

Ceylon Chamber calls on the government to focus on the Implementation of Progressive Proposals in the Interim budget of 2022

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce views the interim budget for 2022 delivered by President RanilWickremesinghe in his capacity as Minister of Finance, as a positive step towards rebuilding themacroeconomic framework…

UN Secretary-General Calls Governments to tax ‘Immoral’ Profits of Oil and Gas Companies

As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, skyrocketing energy prices are compounding an existential cost-of-living crisis for hundreds of millions of people, warned the UN Secretary-General’s Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG)…

Liquor demand down by 30% in Crisis-hit Sri Lanka

 Sri Lanka Excise Department revealed that t the demand for the liquor has decreased by about 30% due to the recent increase in the price of liquor and the decrease…

Dhammika Perera Tipped to Become the Minister of Technology and Investment Promotion

Top Businessman Dhammika Perera is set to enter the Parliament replacing Basil Rajapakse and is tipped to swear in as the Minister of Technology and Investment Promotion. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa…

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka hikes tax rates to maximise govt revenues

(Reuters): Sri Lanka’s government on Tuesday announced a taxation overhaul to maximise revenue amid the country’s crippling economic crisis, hiking value added taxes and corporate income tax, and slashing the…

A Sri Lankan Household Spends Nearly a Quarter of Average Monthly Expenditure on One Full Tank of Petrol

Following the latest fuel price increase, a full tank (45 Liters) of Petrol (Octane 92) now accounts for almost 1/4th of average monthly household expenditure in Sri Lanka as measured…

Economic crisis in Sri Lanka and its impact on older adults

By Keshini Madara Marasinghe Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic downturn in history. Due to depleting foreign reserves, the country is facing shortages in fuel, food, cooking gas, medicines,…

Sri Lanka to replace ‘unrealistic’ budget, in talks to extend World Bank aid

(Reuters) – Sri Lanka plans to replace its current “unrealistic” budget and is in talks with the World Bank to extend its support by $300 million to $700 million, the…