The CEO of Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC, controlling shareholder of the Lion Brewery which was the third largest contributor to government revenue last year, has said in the company’s annual report that although 2012 will be a difficult year, Sri Lanka remains "a country of immense potential."
"Yet the country will not reach its full potential until sustainable solution is found to what is possibly its economic and Achilles’ heel,’ the balance of payments.
"A possible short term fix is a significant increase in FDI but in the longer term an export centric economy is the likely answer," Shah said.
He said that government expenditure is another aspect that needs urgent attention if high economic growth is to be sustained and the country is to achieve the laudable goal of doubling of its per capita income in the medium term.
"A possible solution is the privatization of under-performing state owned enterprises. In the alternative, the government may consider listing up to 49% of such businesses on the stock exchange whilst retaining majority control," he said.