Dinesh Weerakkody

Should the BOI be shut down?

/ Friday, 28 July 2017 00:10

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be ...


Quality of leadership key to performance

/ Friday, 21 July 2017 00:10

Steve Jobs, Henry Ford and Lee Kuan Yew. What did these titans have in common? They had a clear vision of the future, and the leadership skills to ...


Why FDI must be pursued with greater vigour

/ Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

Last week a TV channel and a newspaper highlighted that a project that had been submitted for approval to the BOI had been approved without proper ...


Taking back control of the country

/ Friday, 7 July 2017 00:08

    The President this week said that anyone watching TV would feel there is no government. While some people ma...


What good HR can do for a firm – public or private

/ Friday, 30 June 2017 00:05

Great Place to Work Institute on Wednesday for the fifth consecutive time recognised some of the best work places in the country.  The keyno...


Education allocations must target youth unemployment

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

There is now a commitment to increase the number of students entering universities by 2020 and also to allocate more funds for vocational training....


The future of Sri Lankan exports

/ Friday, 16 June 2017 00:10

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake speaking at the FT Forum ‘Grow with Giants’ on Wednesday said Sri Lanka’s exports have dwindle...


Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero on a collision path with Govt.

/ Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, a key architect of the 8 January revolution, said his dreams to get good and valuable things done from the presen...


Swift response needed for flood relief to minimise the fallout

/ Friday, 2 June 2017 00:07

With Sri Lanka facing the worst-ever floods in 27 years, the Sri Lankan economy has begun to feel the pinch of climate change. The Government immed...


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...


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Should the BOI be shut down?

28 July 2017

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the PM’s brainchild and an offshoot of the GCEC.  Wijeyadasa went...


Quotas with ‘zipping’ for women in local government

28 July 2017

The other day I met a woman who is a card-carrying member of a major political party. She is the president of the midwives association in her area. She exuded leadership. She has so much to share with her community about health, lifestyles and oth...


The delicious ironies of idiotic democracy

28 July 2017

Life, as a musically-inclined poet of a previous age once essayed, is what happens when you are planning to do something else. Well, the same may be said for the intentions of Good Governance: that the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agle...


‘Into Africa’ – from troubled continent to a land of opportunities

28 July 2017

It was the continent that made headlines for all the wrong reasons: the great famine in Ethiopia and HIV pandemic in 1980s, the Rwandan genocide in 1990s, and the Somalian civil war in 2000’s grabbed headlines. By mid-2000 some of the Afric...


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