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What will 2016 bring for real estate in the emerging markets?

As the New Year begins, the big question on all real estate professionals’ lips is: what will 2016 hold? Migration away from capital cities, infrastructure improvements and increased international interest from investors are just some of the expected developments for real estate markets within emerging nations, including Sri Lanka. 1. App focus Mobile is driving…

(0)Comments | January 5, 2016 9:18 pm

Will depreciation of Rupee offset Sri Lanka’s advantage on falling oil prices?

The world market prices of oil is rapidly falling with a barrel of WTI crude recording a low of USD 35.62 and a barrel of  Brent crude recording USD 37.93. This has been the lowest prices to be recorded since 2003. This is the first time since 2003 that the world market price of a…

(0)Comments | December 14, 2015 1:18 pm

Fitch: Sri Lanka Alcoholic Beverage Demand Sustainable Despite Higher Prices

Makers of alcoholic beverages in Sri Lanka will be able to pass on back to back increases in excise duties to consumers without worrying about them shifting to the more affordable illicit market, Fitch Ratings says in a new report. Rising disposable income will absorb the higher duties, and Fitch believes the inelastic demand and…

(0)Comments | December 9, 2015 11:21 am

Capitalizing on the Maritime Silk Road Initiative to Achieve Win – Win – Win Situation

By Sarah Hettiaratchi, Project Executive – Pathfinder Foundation The Maritime Silk Road (MSR) and Economic Belt policy initiatives unveiled by President Xi Jinping in 2013 were identified as significant elements of an overall Chinese attempt to leverage China’s growing economic power and influence along its geographic boundaries. The objectives of this enormous development initiative is…

(0)Comments | December 4, 2015 9:48 am

Fitch: Government Policy to Slow Sales of Small Cars in Sri Lanka

Fitch Ratings expects growth in sales of automobiles, mostly small cars, in Sri Lanka to slow in 2016 due to higher taxes and a weaker currency, which will increase prices of vehicles in the local currency. Tighter regulation on vehicle loans will also impact affordability for buyers. Registrations of new vehicles increased 375% in the…

(0)Comments | November 27, 2015 11:09 am

FireEye, the leader in stopping advanced cyber attacks, aims to protect Sri Lankan organizations

FireEye, a globally renowned, U.S.-based cyber security company last week engaged senior officials from Sri Lankan businesses about the risks of advanced cyber attacks and how organizations can defend themselves. The three-member FireEye delegation, including Technical Director Steve Ledzian, Regional Sales Director for Vietnam, Indonesia and New Markets Terrance Maximus Tangit and Regional Channel Manager…

(0)Comments | November 19, 2015 11:53 am

DRIVERLESS CARS: NOT IF, BUT WHEN

They will save millions of lives and are a matter of when, not if, according to the man behind the driverless car brain that could lead the automotive market as soon as 2030. Dave Ferguson, 35, supervises the development of the computer brain controlling Google’s driverless car — currently being made by a team of…

(0)Comments | November 8, 2015 7:53 pm

Carmudi.lk launches report into Sri Lankan vehicle leasing industry

Sri Lanka’s pioneering online vehicle retailer, Carmudi.lk, released a ground-breaking new research white paper detailing the recent performance of the Sri Lankan automotive industry and an in-depth analysis into key trends in vehicle financing. Analyzing a vast amount of historical data, the newly released Carmudi.lk whitepaper, titled Car Financing in Sri Lanka, offers up valuable…

(0)Comments | November 6, 2015 12:00 pm

Driving Lean Innovation in the Digital Era

According to the Sri Lanka Association of Software Service Companies (SLASSCOM) the vision for Sri Lanka’s IT services sector is to facilitate 1000 startups by 2022, a reasonable goal in an industry that, according to the Sri Lankan IT/BPM Review 2014, has seen exponential growth in workforce (123%) and revenue (238%) since 2007.  However, if…

(0)Comments | October 21, 2015 12:26 pm

Asian Innovation the Key to Success

* By Indika De Zoysa  When it comes to business, we’re often reminded that there is no one-size fits all strategy to success. That is to say, just because a certain approach worked well in Europe or the Americas it doesn’t guarantee success here in Asia. For instance, if you’re running a social media engagement…

(0)Comments | October 15, 2015 11:51 pm