Sri Lanka among Asia’s top 10 FDI hotspots: US think tank

Sri Lanka

Apr 18, 2016 (LBO) – IHS Global Insight, a United States-based think tank, has listed Sri Lanka as one of the top 10 foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations in Asia.

The other Southeast Asian countries projected to be the FDI hot spots in the region, are China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, The Philippines and Thailand.

“Over the next decade, Asia Pacific is forecast to be the fastest growing region of the global economy and the region that offers the biggest potential gains for foreign direct investment,” IHS said in a release.

“A key source of strength for Asia Pacific is the rapidly growing size of the economic region, which now accounts for around one-third of world GDP, generating strong intra-regional trade and investment flows.”

Amongst the South Asian economies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are expected to show rapid growth over the next decade, it said.

According to the think tank, the new Sri Lankan government has embarked on sweeping economic reforms, with its first budget containing considerable economic liberalization measures.

The Sri Lankan economy is projected to grow at an average annual pace of 5.6 percent a year over 2016-2020 while key growth industries are expected to include logistics, tourism, agricultural products, IT-BPO industries and construction.