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Sri Lanka – Budget 2018 Review

The Budget for 2018 focused promoting entrepreneurship and proposing structural changes to convert the economy to a more outward looking policy framework while also taking an active stance in promoting green environment and also providing an enabling environment for Public Private Partnerships. Government plans on a sustained path of fiscal consolidation as it aims for the first time to achieve a revenue surplus and to reduce budget deficit to 4.8% of GDP for 2018 while the Debt to GDP ratio is expected to improve to 77.5%.

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  • With Government’s revenue enhancement strategies on track, budget has proposed large number of low interest and interest free credit schemes for a range of small and micro industries and startups supported by establishing incubators with a vision to enhance entrepreneurship while para tariff removal for 1200 goods and supporting infrastructure including creation of EXIM windows are proposed accelerate growth in tradable sector.
  • The budget has a special focus on creating green environment with tax concessions on electric vehicles and solar panels, implementation of a carbon tax and concessions for manufacture of degradable products while PPPs are promoted by establishing a single agency and creating regulating framework for PPPs.
  • Measures relating to Capital Market Development, budget proposes improving legal and policy framework of the capital market, improve liquidity via listing of non-strategic enterprises and allowing state to raise equity and debt from the capital markets.

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