Midyear Review

Sri Lankas top trade chamber has commended the government on pushing ahead with a series of legislative reforms, but said more work needs to be done to implement policy reforms.
In its annual balance scorecard on the governments 2003 budget, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) says the government has made some effort to reform sectors like telecommunications, labour and Samurdhi.rn

rnA concerted effort has also gone in to reduce interest rates, inflation from 14 percent to 9 percent, curtail the budget deficit from 10.8 percent to 8.5 percent of GDP, abolish capital gains tax and reduce tax on dividends to 10 percent.rn

rnBut critical areas like taking a firm stand on long-term power generation have not been tackled yet, the CCC says.rn

rnldblquote Power cuts were taken off using emergency power, and at the sametime a few projects like Kukulegama hydro power have come on board. But they have not addressed long-term power generation issues like coal, which is critical to the business community,
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