Sri Lanka: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select “Country Reports” from “Publications” column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Sri Lanka
Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations and travel/business information.

Sri Lanka Country Profile
Provides quick access to country data points, trends, and analysis.

Sri Lanka Country Review
Annual CountryWatch publication, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Sri Lanka Economic Competitiveness
Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks. Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios and key percentile rankings. Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Political Risk Yearbook: Sri Lanka Country Forecast
Published annually by PRS Group. Includes the Political Risk Service rating system which assesses different political scenarios within a country, 18-month and five-year forecasts, based on a variety of political scenarios, the country’s political framework, key political players as well as economic conditions, investment, taxation, environmental trends, foreign relations, defense forces, history, and geography.

Finance, Trade & Commerce

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies: They include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and other indicators.

Note: The EIU database provides access to the Economist Intelligence Unit Publications such as the Country Reports. Each country page in the database provides forecast updates and featured analysis on economic and political events as well as content pertaining to market opportunities, government regulations and the financial services sector. Type of reports vary country by country. Type the country name into the search box and select the reports tab to access the latest country reports.

Export.gov 

The Export.gov website provides access to the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library which contains more than 100,000 industry and country specific market reports including the “Doing Business In” guides.  To access the Library, click on the Opportunities tab and select Market Research and Market Research Library. The Library is searchable by Industry, Region, Country and Report Type.

Global Edge: Sri Lanka

Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE contains country-specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Sri Lanka

A resource from the Heritage Foundation evaluating the following areas: fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, trade/monetary policy, property rights, and regulations.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, development, science and innovation with approximately 70 countries it has relationships with. Content varies by country.

Statistics & Government Resources

Central Bank of Sri Lanka

The official website of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka includes information on currency rates, monetary policy, statistics, and much more.

Department of Census and Statistics: Sri Lanka

Important social, economic, and cultural statistics, as well as links to other useful sites.

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.

Information about business and investment. Also contains information about flora and fauna, education, travel and tourism, visas, immigration, history, geography, people, and culture.