The per capita income of the Western province which was 1.5 times the national per capita income in 2014 has slightly reduced to 1.4 times in 2015 while in the Uva Province it has reduced from 0.9 to 0.8, recent statistics showed.

According to Provincial Gross Domestic Product (PGDP) for 2015 computed by the Statistics Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), the per capita income ratio had increased in both Northern and North Central provinces while in other provinces, the income ratio remained unchanged.

“Western province provided the highest contribution to GDP in 2015. However, in line with recent trends, its share in the GDP declined to 41.2 per cent in 2015 from 41.7 per cent in 2014, contributing gradually to reduce regional disparities,” the Central Bank said.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s North Central and Northern provinces have recorded the highest growth rate of 12.1 per cent, in nominal terms in 2015. Further, in 2015, Eastern province recorded a double digit growth rate of 10.9 per cent, while those of Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces were higher than the country’s nominal growth rate of 7.0.