Dinesh Weerakkody

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...


MS-Ranil Government on firm ground; time to focus on getting things done

/ Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00

To those public servants, businessman and politicians sitting on the fence waiting for the unexpected, President Maithripala Sirisena at the breakf...


Lessons from private sector to improve delivery in public service

/ Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

A few weeks back, I spoke to a group of public servants about good HR private sector practices and how some of those people practices can help them...


Delivering the skills for the tourism sector: Some options

/ Friday, 8 April 2016 00:00

The Hotel School that produces most of our graduates and trainees does not have the capacity to deliver the numbers and the talent require...


Steps to take to ensure a strong capital market

/ Friday, 1 April 2016 00:00

Today our capital market could do a lot more to rev up our economy like in some other markets in the region. Market capitalisation to GDP currently...


Sri Lanka’s debt situation: What are our options?

/ Friday, 25 March 2016 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...


Holding our leaders accountable

/ Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Mihin Lanka as an entity currently owes the State banks billions, a debt that has been outstanding for years with no action being taken by...


Why FTAs are important for South Asia

/ Friday, 11 March 2016 00:00

Over the next few decades, South Asia needs to grow its economies at a much faster pace to eradicate poverty    ...


A tripartite partnership key for shared prosperity

/ Friday, 4 March 2016 00:42

  Given the current political and economic challenges facing Sri Lanka, our political leaders who are committed to economic ...


Today's Columnists

Think outside the box, the way out?

23 July 2016

A classic example of our cultural predictability is explicit in the saga behind the naming of Sri Lanka’s only international airport   It will not be wrong to say that we are a country in a permanent state of crisis, but...


“Nationalist” Government – to counter nationalistic rhetoric?

22 July 2016

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER – The spirit of a nascent Sri Lankan nationalism (inclusive, tolerant, Other-embracing) might be compromised if Government and civil society together don’t challenge competing nationalisms Ca...


Premechandran on northern problems and Govt. inaction

22 July 2016

    EPRLF Leader and TNA member Suresh Premechandran   Q: What is the latest with regard to the Jaffna University clash?  A: I do not know why this much of exposure is given to this drama. Earlier...


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

22 July 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s office in Ireland. Apple has publicly stated that it wants to significantly expand its operations in Ireland Many foreign investors I engage with want Sri Lanka to emulate Ireland, or even Vietn...


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