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Sri Lanka becomes first in Asia to tighten policy in pandemic-era

(Reuters) – The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) became the first in Asia on Thursday to raise interest rates since the pandemic began, as it acted to stem inflationary…

Emirates extend Suspension of inbound flights from Sri Lanka up to 7th August

UAE’s flagship airline Emirates confirmed yesterday that the suspension of inbound flights from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh has been extended at least till August 7, 2021. The airline…

Sri Lanka extends forex restrictions on capital flight by six months

The government has extended suspensions/restrictions on capital forex outflows (outward remittances) by six months with effect from the 2nd of July this year to preserve the country’s shrinking FX reserves.…

IATA Says Global Travel Restart Still Stalled In the Absence of Harmonized Measures-IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expresses frustration at the lack of coordination among governments worldwide for a data-driven risk-managed approach to re-establishing the freedom to travel while welcoming relaxation…

Sri Lanka Prepares to launch its first official Tourism ‘Travel App’ to Assure post-COVID travelers with Unique Experiences

Sri Lanka is preparing to launch its first official Tourism ‘Travel App’ with the assistance of WorldBank and Asian Development Bank with a focus on enhancing the visitor experience and improving the…

Sri [email protected], with U.S. Support, Hosts Exponential Growth Webinar

Sri [email protected], with support from the United States, hosted a public webinar featuring Paul D. Roberts, an expert in methods for companies and entrepreneurs to leverage evolving technologies such as artificial…

CBSL to Launch a New Mechanism to Monitor Foreign Exchange Operations through Banking Sector in 2022

The Central bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is in the process of operationalizing an International Transactions Reporting System (ITRS) that will monitor both cross-border and foreign currency transactions in the…

Advocata Proposes Changes to Colombo Port City Commsion Bill to Maximize Economic Benefits for Sri Lankans

Colombo-based Pro-market Think-Tank, Advocata Institute proposed five key areas for the consideration of Sri Lanka’s Members of Parliament (MPs) in order to maximize the economic benefits of China-backed Colombo Port…

Sri Lankan Consumers Shifts to dining from home at a Uber Speed in 2020 – CAL Research

In line with the global shift in course towards dining from home, the Sri Lankan private consumption expenditure on dining out in restaurants and hotels experienced a steep decline whilst…

Sri Lanka’s Banking Sector’s MSME Lending Portfolio Among Weakest in Asia-Pacific

Despite much hype, Sri Lanka’s banking sector’s to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) lending portofolio is one of the poorest in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of loan disbursements…