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Country Report Sri Lanka

  • ID: 2101405
  • Country Profile
  • July 2020
  • Region: Sri Lanka
  • 20 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Parliament was dissolved in March in preparation for an early election, which does not need to be held until December 2020. Having postponed the election twice owing to health concerns, the Election Commission plans to hold it on August 5th.

We expect the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party, led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, to secure a parliamentary majority. The party is well placed to do so following the swell of support for the leader's brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at the presidential poll in 2019.

The budget deficit will widen to the equivalent of 8.5% of GDP in 2020, on the back of a sharp drop in revenue collection. We expect a gradual improvement in 2021-24, but the budget deficit will remain large in comparison with historical standards.
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Country Report Sri Lanka

Briefing sheet
Political and economic outlook
Key changes since June 5th
The month ahead
Major risks to our forecast

Outlook for 2020-24: Political stability

Outlook for 2020-24: Election watch

Outlook for 2020-24: International relations

Outlook for 2020-24: Policy trends

Outlook for 2020-24: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2020-24: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2020-24: International assumptions

Outlook for 2020-24: Economic growth
The impact of the coronavirus: global and regional assumptions
Economic growth

Outlook for 2020-24: Inflation

Outlook for 2020-24: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2020-24: External sector

Outlook for 2020-24: Forecast summary

Data and charts: Annual data and forecast

Data and charts: Quarterly data

Data and charts: Monthly data

Data and charts: Annual trends charts

Data and charts: Monthly trends charts

Data and charts: Comparative economic indicators

Basic data
Land area
Population
Main towns
Climate
Weather in Colombo
Languages
Measures
Currency
Time
Fiscal year
Public holidays

Political structure
Official name
Form of state
The executive
National legislature
Local government
National elections
National government
Main political organisations
Main members of the government
Key ministers
Central bank governor
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