The South Asian Bureau of Economic Research (SABER) builds on the success of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) in creating a forum for high-quality economic research focusing on issues facing the economies of South Asia and economic interaction between South and East Asia. It comprises representatives from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. The rapid development of the South Asian economies, the growth of regional and intra-regional trade, financial and other economic interaction, and South Asia's increasing role in the global economy all underline the need for access to a vastly increased range of quality economic analysis on South Asia. SABER, like EABER, is a portal for research on South Asian Economics and houses a collection of research papers from all its member institutes available in the categories at the top of this page. For more information on SABER funding, support and purpose, see About SABER.

EABER-SABER Newsletter

May, 2016
Iromi Dharmawardhane
Sri Lanka’s balance of payments is in dire straits. The country’s mounting foreign and domestic public debt, a huge fiscal deficit and a severe foreign exchange shortfall have led to potentially calamitous economic circumstances. Sri Lanka has not yet secured the means to meet its upcoming foreign loan repayments — US$4.5 billion is due over the next year, to be followed by another US$4 billion in the subsequent year.
Iromi Dharmawardhane is Research Associate at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore.
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