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IPS launches State of the Economy 2015 publication

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama hands over a copy of the State of the Economy Report 2015 to Hon. Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development, Eran Wickramaratne. Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, W AWijewardena,the Secretary to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Affairs, M I M Rafeek, and IPS Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon looks on.

The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) launched its flagship publication, ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy (SOE) 2015’ at the IPS Auditorium in Colombo, under the theme ‘Economic Reforms: Political Economy and Institutional Challenges’.

The report points out the importance of initiatingreforms with attempts to strengthen interactions between institutions, policy processes and policy outcomes and examines in detail the many interrelated reforms that touch on important policy areas.

It points out that the environment in which many of thesesorts of transitions take place is strongly influenced by broader factors such as the quality ofinstitutions and governance in a country. This year’s Report focuses on policy reforms on trade and investment, labour market, foreign employment, education, health, social protection, agriculture, and environment sectors.

The Report points out that overhauling Sri Lanka's tax system, tackling loss making state-owned-enterprises, improvinglabour market efficiency, filling skill gaps in the work force, improving productivity ofagriculture, delivering a better safety net to the poor and vulnerable, to name a few, are amongsta raft of reforms that need attention.

The report highlights that such reforms are politically difficult to deliver through thelegislative phase, and are often even more difficult to implement. Reforms generate distributionalimpacts that create ‘losers’ and ‘winners’, entailing short-term adjustment costs and thepotential for long-term benefits.

Thus, the report argues that while reforms need to be ambitious in scope, it is typicallythe case that ambition may have to be tempered by political economy realities.

The IPS flagship publication was launched under the purview ofthe Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development, Eran Wickramaratneas the Chief Guest, and the Secretary to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Affairs, M. I. M. Rafeek.

Former Central Bank Deputy Governor, W A Wijewardena provided a review of the report while IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama provided an overview and IPS Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon presented the key messages highlighted in the report.

IPS first published the State of the Economy in 1992, and the annual publication is widely distributedamong policy makers, economists, universities, development partners as well as the private sector. ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2015: Economic Reforms: Political Economy and Institutional Challenges’ is available at the IPS premises and bookstores island wide. More details could be obtained from website www.ips.lk. 


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