Dinesh Weerakkody

Why Sri Lanka needs to appoint competent ambassadors

/ Friday, 23 September 2016 00:01

We regularly hear politicians saying diplomacy plays a direct role in addressing the root cause of insecurity and that good diplomatic initiatives...


The business of business isn’t just only about creating profits

/ Monday, 19 September 2016 00:01

The renowned economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006) preached that the business of business is to engage in activities designed to increase profits....


Simply increasing Govt. spending on education is not an option

/ Friday, 9 September 2016 00:01

  President Maithripala Sirisena handing over the first copy of his manifesto to the late Ven. Sobitha Thero   Re...


Succession planning in business: Why it is so tough

/ Friday, 2 September 2016 00:02

    Today, succession planning is a very important leadership process and a growing number of firms have formal plans in pla...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

/ Friday, 26 August 2016 00:10

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and glo...


People’s expectations: Fulfilled or what?

/ Friday, 19 August 2016 00:01

  Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena Margaret Thatcher, Ronnie de Mel, Gamini Dissanayake and J.R. Jayewar...


Economic growth with a human face

/ Friday, 5 August 2016 00:02

  President Maithripala Sirisena, who has a good understanding of what is happening on a daily basis in a rural Sri Lanka where the ma...


SL can’t sit on the sidelines; we must join the race for trade and jobs

/ Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking recently in Singapore     The Prime Minister’s move t...


Trade and FDI needs a one-stop-shop, not one more stop

/ Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s office in Ireland. Apple has publicly stated that it wants to significantly expand its operations in I...


Nisha Biswal wants Lanka to be the next Singapore

/ Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

 US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, currently on her sixth visit in 20 months to Sri Lanka in her current capacity as US Assistant ...


Ranil must rise to the challenge and deliver before it’s too late

/ Friday, 8 July 2016 00:00

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe   From April 2004 to 8 January 2015, Ranil Wickremesinghe unlike Maithripal...


Building capacity at board level in the financial sector should be a top priority

/ Friday, 1 July 2016 00:15

Given the governance issues in the NBFIs, the regulator’s initiative to assist commercial banks and NBFIs to achieve the highest standards of...


Our FDI effort needs a makeover

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at a press conference in Davos     Today for Sri Lanka to attr...


Towards a stable and competitive NBFI sector

/ Friday, 17 June 2016 00:00

    The Daily FT reported that the Minister of Finance had proposed to set an upper limit of Rs. 10 million on banks to d...


Why do people run for political office, to serve or to be served?

/ Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

    Dudley Shelton Senanayake (19 June 1911 – 13 April 1973) was the second Prime Minister of Ceylon. Senanayake wa...


ETCA and FTAs alone cannot attract investors

/ Friday, 3 June 2016 00:00

Businessman and National List MP Malik Samarawickrama, a Minister in the current Government who is spearheading the Free Trade Arrangements (FTA) w...


The promise of Yahapalanaya should not get washed away

/ Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

 President Maithripala Sirisena presenting his campaign manifesto to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe where the first-order of priority was...


Why Sri Lanka needs a national vision and strategy for labour

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:10

Recently, at a FT-Colombo University forum it was noted that Sri Lanka very badly needs a national vision for labour, backed by funding, realistic ...


Financial sector needs urgent reforms to achieve Govt. development goals

/ Friday, 13 May 2016 00:08

Introduction Banks accept deposits and make loans and derive a profit from the difference in the interest rates paid and charged to depositors an...


Global economic outlook for 2016 not very encouraging

/ Saturday, 7 May 2016 00:00

Larry Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University; former Secretary, US Treasury and former Director...


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Connected Finance: Setting up your business for higher gains

29 September 2016

By Asanka Abeysinghe  Technology today is changing and shaping the scope of the financial industry at a rapid pace. Customers are frequently looking for more convenient ways to interact with their respective financial institutions and carry...


Lesson from last policy decision of the Fed and BoJ

29 September 2016

  The Federal Reserve System (the Fed) and Bank of Japan (BoJ), two of the main central banks in the world, announced their monetary policy changes on 21 September.  The Fed’s decision was a testimony that the ce...


How to get non-finance colleagues to listen to you when you talk finance: Tips for CFOs

29 September 2016

  Why aren't they listening? Here are several reasons why it can be difficult to get non-financial staff to pay attention to the numbers: They may be intimidated by financial data Finance, similar...


Constitutional paradox: Is Election Commission answerable to people?

29 September 2016

  According to Hindu magazine published in India, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was quoted as saying, “Sri Lanka’s new draft Constitution could be presented in Parliament before the next Budg...


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