Dinesh Weerakkody

A Cabinet reshuffle must be done with a clear purpose

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:02

The President and Prime Minister must make changes in the best interests of the country  By Dinesh Weerakkody Events, as they say in...


Sri Lanka’s debt situation: Getting better or what?

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

The external financing situation for Sri Lanka is certainly a big worry for both the Government and the private sector. This is largely due to mons...


Overall governance in the financial sector

/ Friday, 5 May 2017 00:10

The world-renowned HR guru Prof. Dave Ulrich, speaking to a group of board executives, said that every board is responsible for governing its firm ...


Govt. needs to move on post-GSP+ to excite the electorate

/ Friday, 28 April 2017 00:00

The GSP+ going through is no doubt a big victory for Sri Lanka given the many challenges the Government has been facing in the last few months and ...


Financial sector needs to be future-ready to ride the next wave

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said many times that Sri Lanka needs a new phase of economic transformation to keep pace with the major cha...


Boosting exports a solid way to get out of our debt crisis

/ Friday, 31 March 2017 04:59

Sri Lanka’s debt has increased from Rs. 7.3 trillion to Rs. 9.4 trillion in the last two years, with domestic rates moving up from 6% to 10.7...


Jobs and no takers, or what?

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 09:49

IT and Commerce Minister of Telangana State Minister Rama Rao speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in Colombo said that the Tela...


Building sustainable organisations through talent, leadership, culture

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

New Deloitte research shows that culture, engagement, and employee retention are now the top talent challenges facing business leaders. More than h...


Retooling the Foreign Ministry to focus on commercial diplomacy

/ Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

Saudi King Salman on Sunday kicked off a multi-nation month-long trip to Asia last week aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia. It is King Salma...


Demonetising the Rs. 5,000 note; good or bad?

/ Friday, 3 March 2017 00:00

Recently when a news item appeared in a newspaper that the Government was preparing to demonetise the Rs. 5,000 currency note, Finance Minister Rav...


Government very badly needs a PR machine to highlight the positives

/ Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00

When the BJP was getting a lot of bad press all over the world and particularly in the US, to counter the bad press, Lal Krishna Advani, then BJP P...


PM’s 1 million jobs project – The real challenge: Shortage of labour

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Based on industry surveys, at least a minimum 400,000 jobs are available in the hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors per annum in the next three ...


The business of business isn’t just only about making money

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:40

The National Centre for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), a conservative think tank, recently in the US requested Apple to refrain from putting money...


Government must keep a tab on public opinion

/ Friday, 3 February 2017 00:00

It has now become a national pastime for howls and protests on our streets on a daily basis. Are these protests because the Government has so far f...


Lead with humility: Leadership lessons from Pope Francis

/ Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

The connection that exists between a leader and those being led is, like most relationships, seldom easy to understand or take out. The satisfactio...


What we need to do to ensure the FTAs don’t go begging

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:10

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that Sri Lanka would soon have access to four major markets at the World E...


Labour shortage in key sectors will hold Sri Lanka back

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

The Daily FT Cover Story on Tuesday highlighted the 10 most important things to look for whether a country is rising or falling, quoting Ruchir Sha...


Time to ensure State enterprises deliver value to the public

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

The former administration, unlike any other previous regimes, made a conscious effort to extend its dominance in many economic spheres. All governm...


President Maithripala Sirisena’s opportunity in 2017

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:10

Maithripala Sirisena hails from the North Central Province. He is an agriculturist by vocation. He joined mainstream politics in 1989 as an MP and ...


Expectations from the Government in 2017

/ Friday, 23 December 2016 00:00

In a country where many people feel powerless, many right-thinking people watched with alarm and disappointment in 2014 the steady decline...


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Shipping and ports: At the cross roads of national interest

29 May 2017

Newly appointed Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe being congratulated by his predecessor Arjuna Ranatunga when the former assumed duties early last week following the mini reshuffle of the Cabinet - Pic by Lasantha Kumara Sh...


New Finance Minister has a Herculean task ahead; he will win only if he moves with foresight

29 May 2017

New Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera officially assuming duties at the ministry  – Pic by Pradeep Pathirana   Promise to continue with economic reform program The new Minister of Finance, Mangala Sa...


India’s new plan for TN fishermen could end row with Sri Lanka over fishing

27 May 2017

  India’s new INR 16,210 million ($ 250.9 million) plan to enable Tamil Nadu fishermen to exit fishing in the Palk Bay in three years from this year could end its decades-long row with Sri Lanka over poaching in Sri Lan...


Mayday! Mayhem in the making?

26 May 2017

By the time you read this, you would have perused many pieces, no doubt, on the precarious state of the nation of late. The painful memories of April-May – Meethotamulla pitfall and the proposed appointment of a military panjandrum to curb, ...


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