Sri Lanka

STRONG AND RESILIENT ECONOMY

Favorable government policies have resulted in the Sri Lankan economy growing by leaps and bounds. GDP growth in 2014 was 7.3%

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Pioneers in South Asia’s economic liberalization, the Sri Lankan Government continues to promote an investor friendly, pro-business environment

EDUCATED AND ADAPTIVE WORKFORCE

Sri Lanka’s 95% literacy rate is among the highest in the world. Combined with its ever-increasing computer literacy rates Sri Lanka has developed a highly educated and adaptive workforce

STRATEGIC LOCATION

Located in the Indian Ocean at the crossroads to the East and West, it serves as a vital and popular access point for both shipping routes and aviation services. Modern deep-water ports provide vital transshipment access to the massive and growing Indian market

ACCESS TO KEY MARKETS

Sri Lanka is the only country to have free trade agreements with both India and Pakistan providing duty free access to over 1.5 billion consumers. The agreements provide duty free access to over 4,200 products into India and nearly 4,500 products into Pakistan, from Sri Lanka

STOCK EXCHANGE

Providing annual average returns of 36%, the Colombo Stock Exchange has seen its market capitalization increasing from US$1.5 billion to US$23.3 billion over the last five years

Australia

GROWTH

The world’s 13th largest economy, Australia is entering its 24th year of uninterrupted growth having accounted for a GDP of US$1.56 trillion, which is forecasted to grow by 3% in 2015-2019. The Australian economy continues to exhibit high productivity levels and has been rated Triple-A by all three global rating agencies

INNOVATION LEADER

Modern ICT infrastructure, strong intellectual property protection and generous research and development tax incentives have ensured that Australia is a first-class innovation destination. Australian discoveries include Google Maps, high speed Wi-Fi, spray on skin for burn victims, vaccine for cervical cancer, ultrasound and use of penicillin for the public

TOP TALENT

With the world’s highest secondary education enrollment rate, 40% of the workforce holds a tertiary qualification or an advanced diploma, with 25% of the labor force having been born overseas, Australia is home to one of the most educated and diverse labor forces in the world. It is expected to outperform many other developed countries for labor productivity growth in terms of GDP per Person Employed

ASIAN CONNECTION

In 2013/14 Asia accounted for over 70% of Australia’s two-way Merchandise trade as well as 10 of 12 top Goods and Services export markets. Its geographical location together with a time-honored relationship with Asia in terms of trade, investment and culture, gives it unique access to the Asia-Pacific region which is experiencing rapid growth

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

Australia is ranked 3rd in the Index of Economic Freedom for six years in a row and 10th for ease of doing business. Its political stability and regulatory framework ensures it has one of the most transparent and well-regulated business environments in the world, offering investors confidence and security