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Myanmar's economy looks set for rapid expansion although concerns over inflation, infrastructure and political stability remain, according to an international report.

 

Sri Lanka is ready to accept development assistance from its foreign partners but will not tolerate foreign interference in its reconciliation process, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Saturday.

 

In recent months, there has been little but gloom about India’s economic prospects in the financial markets, for the following six very good reasons:

 

The ability to launch mega projects and create job opportunities in post-2014 Afghanistan will be stifled by donor fatigue.

 

Sri Lanka's tea exporters are lobbying for liberalized imports to expand the industry and make it into a tea hub by blending high quality tea from China, India and Kenya, an official said here Wednesday.

 

Myanmar drew over $270 million in the first three months of 2012, a media report said.

 

Cigarette-to-hotel multi-business major ITC Ltd. Tuesday said its wholly-owned subsidiary WelcomHotels Lanka Private Limited (WLPL) has acquired land in Colombo to set up a mixed-used project, including a luxury hotel.

 

Pakistan and Britain have launched a Trade and Investment Roadmap which aims to raise their bilateral trade to 2.5 billion pounds (over $4 billion) by 2015, Geo News reported.

 

Possibly the least urbanized country in South Asia, Nepal is also the fastest urbanizing nation in the region -- and unless the government seriously manages urbanization better, the country could fail to attain economic efficiency from the process, a new World Bank study has warned.

 

The economic slowdown in India is one of the world’s biggest economic stories, but it is commanding only a modicum of attention in the United States.

 


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