Last two governments given promise after promise to get PayPal inward remittance facility to Sri Lanka, but it is not possible as PayPal is not interest in the Sri Lankan small market. Therefore, that is not a solution anymore.
Currently, the payment gateway cost about 60,000/- LKR annual fee and 3.5% commission. Freelancers bear the commission as they anyway have to bear it even they use PayPal. Banks request 1mn bank guarantee also. This is impossible for them.
GR has already identified IT BPO as a key area which the next government shall encourage. Therefore my proposal is, can government offer annual fee free payment gateway facility for those freelancers?
~ Thushantha Porage