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Sri Lanka

Browse additional economic indicators and data sets, selected by Global Finance editors, to learn more about Sri Lanka economic outlook, debt to GDP ratio, international trade performance and population trends. Rankings of Sri Lanka best banks and safest banks are also available.

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Sri Lanka: IMF Approves Bailout

Sri Lanka’s perfect storm of economic disaster started with the Covid-19 pandemic and years of government nepotism, corruption, and economic mismanagement ultimately led to a$50 billion default on foreign loans.

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Growing Opportunities In Sri Lanka

Attracting foreign direct investment is a top priority for Sri Lanka as it transitions from an inward-facing economy toward a more diverse and export-oriented one.

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Sri Lanka Lures Foreign Direct Investments

In what is considered a first step for even bigger foreign direct investment to Sri Lanka, TPG Capital announced in August it would invest $113 million to buy a majority stake in Union Bank, a small distressed financial institution based in Colombo.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance


In our 21st annual survey, Global Finance identifies the best banks in 150 countries and eight regions. The winners are not always the biggest banks, but rather, the best—those with the qualities that corporations should look for when choosing a bank.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance


Sri Lanka has an open business environment, but challenges—not least its recovery from the civil war that ended in 2009—remain.



Developing Asia will grow by 6.2% this year and 6.5% next, according to Asian Development Bank estimates, up slightly from 6.1% in 2013. Despite the uptick in overall growth, banks around the region continue to face challenging landscapes.

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Sri Lanka: Tapering Wont Affect Us

MILESTONES By Valentina Pasquali The US Federal Reserves gradual withdrawal from the unconventional monetary policies of the past few years...