Dinesh Weerakkody

Investing in education and leaving it to markets is no longer an option

/ Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

If you invest in education, then incomes will develop  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara In the last 10 years global HR thou...


Hefty fines and laws alone cannot ensure a just society

/ Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

    One political leader whose stock has gone up by leaps and bounds in the last few months has been Anura Kumara Dissana...


What makes some countries rich and others prone to poverty?

/ Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

  Many years ago as primary students we were taught that a nation’s environment is the result of a combination of huma...


Nationalism and populism helps Trump to triumph

/ Friday, 11 November 2016 00:01

Donald Trump, 70, the real-estate developer and reality-TV star, a Republican who has never held public office, defeated Democrat Hillary ...


Restructuring the EPF is now a must

/ Friday, 4 November 2016 00:01

 We have a history of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) money being blatantly and rampantly abused by governments to buy shares and bonds...


BOI needs to become more competitive

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:01

  Last week at an economic forum it was mentioned that while Sri Lanka attracted $ 700 million in FDI, Singapore got $ 40 billion and ...


Government on firm ground, but needs quick course correction

/ Friday, 21 October 2016 00:02

Minister Rajitha Senaratne and President Maithripala during the 8 January campaign    There was heavy speculatio...


Boosting exports: Low-hanging fruit and a way to get out of debt

/ Friday, 14 October 2016 00:01

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) sessions at the BMICH on Wednesday said that the Economi...


What HR can do to improve governance in enterprises

/ Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

I was asked recently to speak about how HR can make a meaningful contribution towards integrating governance into a company’s DNA. To begin, ...


Getting beyond the rhetoric on education and skills sector reform

/ Friday, 30 September 2016 00:01

Annually, the World Economic Forum ranks countries in the Global Competitiveness Index — a decent gauge of which nations are best po...


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 ...


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Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

8 December 2016

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination have to come from researchers. The numbers for Sri Lanka appear to be really worrying as the critica...


CEB Engineers, back to old practices

7 December 2016

   Considering the low reliability of the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant, Sri Lanka could face energy and capacity shortages in 2018-2019 and under drought  conditions even with planned plant additions   ...


Policy contradictions hold back economic prospects

7 December 2016

   Whilst fiscal adjustments are in disarray, the Central Bank which is supposed to conduct the country’s monetary policy independently is being increasingly subject to political influence, according to recent newspaper rep...


Why agricultural value chains fail – Part (2): A principal-agent-problem

7 December 2016

  A tea cultivation in Nuwara Eliya – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   It is time to move away from traditional subsidy based agricultural value chains and look for more efficient methods. Some organisations are a...


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