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Facing the chill wind: Decline in agricultural exports in Sri Lanka

Views - 4 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:57

During the past two years, there is a marked increase in the export revenue as indicated in table 1. The export earnings from January to July 2019 also grew by 2.8% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, despite the uncertainties


The ‘Strategic Blueprint’ of your firm: Articulating your competitive strategy

Views - 6 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:27

Why do many firms fail to achieve their ambitions and growth targets in revenue and profitability? Several reasons can be found and one of the fundamental issues lies with the firm’s leadership not being able to articulate its competitive strategy


Innovation conundrum: We do or don’t do!

Views - 8 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:08

It is perhaps important to highlight the need for seriously considering an aspect that we need to embrace and embed if we are ever to transform our economy from a dependent deprived status to a one worthy of emulation. The aspect in question is innov


Palaly comes to life again

Views - 5 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:54

Today, 17 October, Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome. There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport; and there will be others who wil


Ministry of Higher Education: A nation rich in human capital

Views - 268 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:50

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and today


Working from home

Views - 528 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:45

Many jobs do not require physically commuting to work. Working remotely (on some days of the week), improves quality of life, enhances motivation and is good for the planet. n We have advanced with connectivity and technology, but some of our work


Digital banking is the new ‘normal’

Views - 221 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:33

Banks are at a tipping point where the digital revolution has just begun. Today’s customers no longer look for new financial services by visiting bank branches or collecting product brochures; changing trends of younger audiences seek tech solution


Story telling is at the heart of brand building

Views - 104 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:07

Who does not love a good story? There is something about people and stories – I love and still do recall the fine detail of stories from years ago – of Tintin and Captain Haddock of Blistering Barnacles fame, of Asterix and his Menhirs and how ef


MMDA, niqab, ACJU and a monk

Views - 123 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:56

MMDA saga continues without an end. After nine years of gestation, the Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) Committee which, for the first time in Sri Lankan Muslim history, lent an ear to the voice of Muslim women on a matter that affects their lives direct


Dramas and dilemmas of political marketing during Presidential Elections

Views - 41 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:45

The Presidential race is taking momentum, which is further intensified by the eagerness to see what would be the role of the new President elected under the 19th Amendment of the Constitution. Of course, the Presidential race has only two possible p


Amended Land (Restrictions on Alienation) Act No. 38 of 2014: Challenge for Gotabaya and Sajith

Views - 121 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

“First, the US and the MCC will not buy, own any land under this agreement. It is illegal under Sri Lankan law for foreigners including Americans to buy or own land here. Second, MCC compact has no connection with US military,” MCC Sri Lanka Resi


If Sajith wants to win

Views - 2379 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Presidential Elections are more about candidate and less about the party. That explains the curious, yet familiar process that we have witnessed in recent weeks; would-be candidate refashioning the party structures in his own image or attempting to d


Crumbling courts, rumbling sentiments

Views - 427 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

The High Court and District Court premises in Colombo were built about 300 years ago during the Dutch period, at Hulftsdorp which is named after the Dutch General Hulft who died in 1656 by a bullet, fired by a Portuguese soldier while besieging the P


Condottieri contesting for presidency?

Views - 108 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Condottieri is the plural for condottiere, which is Italian in origin, meaning the leader or captain of a mercenary army. They are hirelings bought for money or other rewards by a resourceful party. How and whys of a war or struggle is not their conc


Ceylon Tea: Not an adoption driver?

Views - 293 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

The latest research study done using Artificial Intelligence (AI) on consumer perceptions on a sample market like ‘Australia’ reveal that, the key attributes that a consumer looks for when selecting tea are: quality of tea, type of tea and tea fl


Ministry of Education: A nation rich in human capital

Views - 314 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:40

lIncrease the current number of students doing A/L from 218,191 to 300,000 and ensure majority of A/L students do STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. lEnsure 360,000 students per annum sit for O/Ls. lDevelop 771 schools u


First 100 days action plan of the next President of Sri Lanka (V1.0)

Views - 204 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

There is a popular trend among presidential candidates to present an action plan for their first 100 days in office. Although I used to think that it was just an election gimmick, I am now beginning to think it is a good way to think through the imme


Bankrupt Sri Lanka Incorporated: Prospective rescuers should come up with a common policy

Views - 5243 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The case of a bankrupt company What do you think of a private company which is indebted to the hilt, does not earn enough to repay its debt and experiences a low sales growth which is declining year after year? Surely, it is a problem company needing


Emotionally intelligent leaders for Sri Lanka: Dire need of a rare breed

Views - 577 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Verbal diarrheal has become rampant in Presidential Election season. Emotional outbursts in the political circles ranging from “jumpers to pampers” are common these days. Leaders are supposed to be more “emotionally intelligent” according to


Sustainable social entrepreneurship and social value creation through marketing capabilities

Views - 196 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Many entrepreneurs engage in business expecting profit and enhanced their performance of business. As entrepreneurship is facing dramatic competitive environment globally, entrepreneurs need a change in these days in their marketing efforts to enjoy


The million dollar question: Characteristics of a good political leader!

Views - 303 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

Leadership is a subject which has been researched the most in management, yet difficult to understand and practice due to its complex nature. Let me initially introduce leadership in general and to consider a few statements made by management experts


Implementing Premadasa policies to jumpstart economic growth and development

Views - 397 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

As one who had the opportunity to serve President Premadasa as the Chairman and Director General of the Greater Colombo Economic Commission and also as the first Chairman of the renamed Board of Investment of Sri Lanka from 1991 to 1993 and prior to


Ministry of Regional Development: A nation rich in convenience

Views - 483 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:30

This new series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and


Puzzles of Sri Lanka

Views - 1173 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:20

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, presidential candidate of the Podujana Peramuna, was able to hand in nomination papers for the Presidential Election by overcoming one legal hurdle. Though it has caused much excitement among his supporters, many people haven’t


Human capital agenda for Sri Lanka

Views - 215 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:15

In the last 10 years global HR thought leaders have created a very powerful human capital view, that if you invest in your own education you’ll get returns in a better job and better income, and also that educated people stand a better chance of ge


Sri Lanka – Here we go again

Views - 313 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

It’s that kind of time once again in Sri Lanka. Its elections, elections, hoorah! The much-awaited Presidential Election is here. The list of candidates confirmed, deposits paid and nominations accepted; 35 contestants vying for the hot seat from t


1,000 young entrepreneurs: BoC Thurunu Diriya achieves historic landmark

Views - 234 Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:14

The Prime Minister forwarded a research study of young entrepreneurs conducted in South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, to the Policy Development Office, to look at the findings of the research team. The report found that around 80% of startup


‘Dual citizenship’ misadventure and unnecessary confusion

Views - 363 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:20

Instead of politically campaigning against, and explaining to the people, the possible dangers of the return of the ‘Rajapaksa family rule,’ two civil society activists opted to challenge the citizenship of the SLPP candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa,


Setting sights on the next million credit card users

Views - 195 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:09

Sri Lanka is at a transition point – progression is reflected in the rising per capita income, number of high-rise buildings, bevy of cars on the road, etc. The desire to spend and celebrate life – by treating your family to dinner, vacation or b


Ministry of Information and Communication Technology: A nation rich in technology

Views - 689 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:30

Sri Lanka is currently at the stage of shifting from an emerging market to a developed market and Smart Solutions are seen as the key towards growth.


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Facing the chill wind: Decline in agricultural exports in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 17 October 2019

During the past two years, there is a marked increase in the export revenue as indicated in table 1. The export earnings from January to July 2019 also grew by 2.8% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, despite the uncertainties


The ‘Strategic Blueprint’ of your firm: Articulating your competitive strategy

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Why do many firms fail to achieve their ambitions and growth targets in revenue and profitability? Several reasons can be found and one of the fundamental issues lies with the firm’s leadership not being able to articulate its competitive strategy


Innovation conundrum: We do or don’t do!

Thursday, 17 October 2019

It is perhaps important to highlight the need for seriously considering an aspect that we need to embrace and embed if we are ever to transform our economy from a dependent deprived status to a one worthy of emulation. The aspect in question is innov


Palaly comes to life again

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Today, 17 October, Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome. There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport; and there will be others who wil


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