Columnists,W. A. Wijewardena

SLIATE Keynote 2017 Prosperity through research and development

Views - 423 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:10

I am honoured to be invited to deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Research Symposium of Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education, popularly known as SLIATE. It is both encouraging and


US tax reform and impact on the rest of the world

Views - 254 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:03

I had just finished a presentation for the Intermodal Europe in Rai, Amsterdam on 28 November, on the subject of “De-globalisation of Markets’ and was still confident that world trade would grow better from 2018 onwards. The next day I saw the US


Govt. on firm ground, but needs to grow up

Views - 472 Friday, 1 December 2017 00:54

There was heavy speculation in some quarters following the President’s statement in Nikaweratiya last week that rocked the political and diplomatic circles and also DBS Jeyaraj writing in an article indicating that President had wanted Ranil Wickre


Customer service in public sector organisations

Views - 187 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Healthy customer service is important for any public or private sector organisation. However, there is a subtle difference here. The private sector organisations’ fate is decided on how they treat the customers as their customers have alternative


EDB’s levies on exporters and barriers for potential exporters: A mistake or taking a step back?

Views - 214 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

With the introduction of a‘new EDB Registration Scheme’ by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) with effect from 1 August,a plethora of paperwork and procedures burdening both existing and potential exporters have come into operation. Fur


Central Bank should be cautious in launching inflation targeting

Views - 117 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

While appreciating the Central Bank’s endeavour to shift to an inflation targeting or more precisely, to a flexible inflation targeting monetary policy framework, I would like to emphasise here that it is not an easy task to


Defending Gotabaya

Views - 547 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Gotabaya is perhaps the most able person in public life today; one capable of replicating in Sri Lanka, a Mahathirian Malaysia. I have worked with President Premadasa and not only have no doubt that he would have


Maithripala Sirisena on a slippery slope

Views - 440 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

“The economy will keep sliding back while big egos of big people keep clashing in this manner in an appalling unleash of greed. The Curse of Kuveni is on


Private sector must help build beaten brand Sri Lanka 

Views - 230 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Let’s accept it, brand Sri Lanka has received a severe beating in the last three years due to the overall performance suffering from all fronts.


Is the law a source of control?

Views - 60 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

In Australia we recently had a plebiscite to inquire the opinion of the masses relating same sex marriages. While the vote and the period leading up to it was divisive, more than 60% of the count supported an amendment to the existing laws of marriag


Is Sri Lanka poised to drive entrepreneurship?

Views - 637 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

My mind travels back to the visit to USA in October 2014, where I was selected by the US Department of State to attend the International Visitor Leadership Exchange Program (IVLP). During this visit, I realised the influence of small businesses to t


Performances of Regional Plantation Companies: Facts or fiction?

Views - 257 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s plantations industry contributes almost 2% of the GDP. However, almost 65-70% of the tea plantation crops right now are produced by smallholders and not by Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs). In reality the situation should have been


Sustainable oil palm central to success of Sri Lanka’s plantation industry

Views - 178 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

By Professor Asoka Nugawela Collectively the global palm oil market’s value is projected to continue to expand from $ 65.7 billion up to $ 92.8 billion by the year 2021. Given the commodity’s versatile nature, palm oil has rapidly become the worl


The art of war (for talent)

Views - 105 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

The ‘War for Talent’ is not just about the challenges an organisation faces in attracting and recruiting the right people, at the right time and at the right cost. This is just one of the many battles that the business enterprises are grappling w


Using paddy land ‘gold’ for economic growth and food security

Views - 271 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

“Devo vasssatu kalena – sassasampatti hotu ca phito bhavatu loko ca – raja bhavatu dhammiko” (May rain fall in time, may crops be bountiful, may the people be prosperous, and may the rulers be righteous) The reality of climate change is he


Central Bank’s move to flexible inflation targeting: Wide public education is needed

Views - 558 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:55

Delivering the Henry Steel Olcott Memorial Oration 2017 in Colombo recently, the Central Bank’s Senior Deputy Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe outlined the change of the game plan of conducting monetary policy by the bank in the years to come (ava


RY (Rajan Yatawara): The extraordinary human being

Views - 819 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:50

He was RY to me, and my little daughter (whom he was very fond of) used to call him ‘YR’! and the corporate world knew him as Rajan, and at Hayleys everybody called him Mr. Yatawara.


World HR Congress in Sri Lanka: Opportunities galore

Views - 237 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:50

It was a rigorous yet rewarding process that we went through in competitive bidding towards hosting the most prestigious global event in the field of human resource management (HRM) in 2020.


Is Customer Experience Design the new religion?

Views - 166 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:50

You’ve got a great product. You’ve got well-trained and knowledgeable staff. Your facilities are spotless and you make sure they stay that way.


Why aren’t professional women showing up at work?

Views - 260 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:32


Two terrorists vitiate India-Pakistan relations

Views - 30 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:41

Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar, two prominent Pakistani terrorists, have vitiated all efforts to improve relations between India and Pakistan.


Paris Accord: Oil companies can come to our rescue

Views - 85 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

However ceremoniously an accord is signed, signatories should be brave enough to discard it, if it’s found to be yielding results in obvious contravention of its expectations. Unfortunately, we see the Paris Accord falling into this category deserv


Ceylon Tea: Time to take the spots off the lion?

Views - 319 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

It has been made known that the Sri Lanka Tea Board is now finalising plans to embark on an ambitious international promotional program to promote the tea produced in our country. We have no information available


Can President Sirisena save the SLFP-MS?

Views - 398 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Will the Local Government election prove to be the “great fall” of the Humpty-Dumpty coalition, or will all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men be able to put Yahapalana Humpty together again?


Celebrating top business performance

Views - 266 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

On Monday, awards to the top rankers of Business Today Top 30 – Best Banks and Companies were presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The annual Business Today awards ceremony organised by Business


The ‘disappointments’ of a true democracy

Views - 133 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

I was distraught to discover the other day that our Head of State had allegedly caused some distress to a naïve young politico.


Budget 2018: Will it help realise goals and targets of Vision 2025?

Views - 152 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

The Budget 2018, besides being a budget for the forthcoming year, is another declaration of policies and plans of the Government in power. Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) approved by the UN have been accepted as the goals of Budget 201


Omni-Channel Synchroniser for banks and financial institutions: An vision to simplify banking

Views - 318 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Today, as a society we are noticing a historical shift from cash-based transactions to digitisation of financial transactions, and from the use of traditional banking channels to e-channels.


Ranil’s reluctant tryst with truth

Views - 529 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Twenty years ago in 1998, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda writing in the periodical ‘Frontline’ traced our peculiar path of progress in the 50 years of independence


Constitutional reform – A reply to Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Views - 687 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law


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Kodak moments for Sri Lanka Tourism

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It was quite disheartening to see the tourism numbers for November 2017 dropping to 167,511 visitors at 0.2% growth against


Liberalising shipping and logistics: Cat out of the bag on THC too

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

At the 2017 Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council AGM as the outgoing chairman, I urged the Government on the need for fully liberalising the shipping sector to reap the long-term benefits for Sri Lanka.


A universal good: How increased health coverage can help beat back antimicrobial resistance

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ensuring all people everywhere have access to health services that are affordable, of good quality and within reach is a public health imperative.


Towards sustainable green automobile beyond 2018

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

In the National Budget proposals for the year 2018, the Government has taken positive steps to promote the electric car segment


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