Sri Lanka’s expenses on foreign missions has seen a natural increase over the years, with over 50% of those expenses being towards personal emoluments of staff serving in foreign missions. These personal emoluments include salaries and wages, overtime and holiday payments, and other allowances for mission staff.
How does Sri Lanka’s expenses stand in comparison to the expenses on foreign missions by its South Asian neighbours?
The data shows that overseas mission’s expenses of a country, at least in South Asia, are dependent on how large the country is, in population and in size. The size of population and land area also seemed to determine the number of overseas missions maintained in other countries. Sri Lanka’s expenses on foreign missions are lower than its larger South Asian counterparts like India and Pakistan.