Business in Sri Lanka (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Sri Lanka. Colombo.

  1. Introduction to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Asia)
  2. Doing Business in Colombo
  3. Sri Lankan Economy
  4. International Trade of Sri Lanka
  5. Trade Relations Sri Lanka-India
  6. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sri Lanka
  7. Case Study: Sri Lankan companies
    1. Brandix Lanka
    2. Sri Lanka Telecom
  8. Access to the Sri Lankan Market
  9. Business Plan for Sri Lanka

The objectives of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Sri Lankan economy and foreign trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  3. To explore the Sri Lankan trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Sri Lankan Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Sri Lankan Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Sri Lankan Market

The Subject “Doing Business in Sri Lanka” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Masters: Business in Asia, International Business, Foreign Trade
  2. Doctorates: Asian Business, Global Trade

Doctorate and Master of Science in International Business for the Sri Lanka, Master Doctorate Business Sri Lankan Students.

The course materials are available in Master in International Business in English (Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Sri Lanka Study, Master in International Business in French Sri Lanka)

  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Sri Lanka”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Sri Lanka Business (Course Master)





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Description of the Online Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Sri Lanka.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon before 1972) is located in South Asia, about thirty-one kilometres from the Southern coast of India.

  1. Population of Sri Lanka: 21 million people
  2. Sri Lanka is in 102 position out of 182 countries in the Human Development Indicators, ahead of Argentina (105), Vietnam (116th), Indonesia, Master Doctorate Business Indonesia (111), India (134), Pakistan (141), and Bangladesh (146)
  3. Sinhalese constitute 74% of the population
  4. The two official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil
  5. Capital of Sri Lanka: Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
  6. Sri Lankan main city: Colombo
  7. Sri Lankan Area: 65,610 square kilometres
  8. Sri Lanka is a Parliamentary Republic
  9. Independence from the United Kingdom: 1948
  10. Sri Lankan currency: Sri Lanka Rupee
  11. Maritime borders of Sri Lanka: India and the Maldives

Religions in Sri Lanka:

  1. Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation
  2. 70% of the Sri Lankans belongs to Theravada Buddhism
  3. Sri Lanka has been a Buddhist religion and culture centre from ancient times
  4. Hinduism: 15% of the population
  5. Catholic Christians (1.2 million)

Sri Lanka belongs to the Economic Area of the Buddhist Civilisation

Sri Lankan Economy

  1. The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has a strategic location in Southern Asia, in the centre of one of the principal marine routes between Europe and the Far East: The Indian Ocean
  2. Sri Lanka has a relatively modern industrial economy and one of the highest levels of per capita income in the South Asian region
  3. Sri Lanka has positioned as a regional logistics centre and international trade hub
  4. The services sector of Sri Lanka generates 60% of the gross domestic product
  5. The main sectors of the Sri Lankan economy are telecommunications, trade, logistics and transport, and financial services
  6. Sri Lanka Multimodal Transport Project
  7. Brandix is the leading import apparel producer in Sri Lanka
  8. Sri Lanka Telecom is one of most valuable blue chip companies in Sri Lanka

International Trade of Sri Lanka.

  1. Sri Lanka is known worldwide for tea, coffee, coconuts, and rubber exports
  2. The vision of the former President Rajapaksa (Mahinda Chintana) wishes to open the economy to the Globalisation process, attracting the foreign direct investment and establishing Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the strategic partners
  3. Exports of Sri Lanka: 7 billion dollars
  4. Top Sri Lankan exports products are garments, tea, rubber products, coffee, jewellery and gems, refined petroleum, and coconuts
  5. Top Sri Lankan export markets are the United States, the United Kingdom, and India
  6. Imports of Sri Lanka: 9.6 billion
  7. The largest suppliers of Sri Lanka are India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Iran, Malaysia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Union of Arab Emirates, Belgium, Indonesia, South Korea, and the United States

India-Sri Lanka FTA

Free trade zones in Sri Lanka are one of the pillars of economic development and foreign direct investment source (FDI).

  1. Malaysia is the largest investor (55 million dollars)
  2. Other notable investors in Sri Lanka are the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong
  3. 50% of all the Indian investments in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries are invested in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has preferential access to several markets:

  1. India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  2. Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  3. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
  4. South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)
  5. Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
  6. Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)
  7. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  8. Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

Example of the Online Subject - Doing Business in Sri Lanka:
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Regional Economic Institutions of Sri Lanka.

  1. Boao Forum for Asia
  2. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
  3. Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)
  4. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  5. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  6. Colombo Plan
  7. United Nations (UN)
  8. Commonwealth
  9. World Bank (WB)
  10. International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Samples - Business in Sri Lanka

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