Dinesh Weerakkody

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 ...


Docs on warpath with Ranil over ETCA: Dialogue is what is required

/ Friday, 26 February 2016 00:00

  Many local professional bodies fear Indian professionals would flood Sri Lanka and take away the limited lower middle level jobs. On...


Continuing with our disjointed TVET sector will not solve our skills problem

/ Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

Education, skills development and technical training providers are central to create productive employment opportunities for our young people. They...


Good government requires leaders to put public good above their personal interests

/ Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

Lee Kuan Yew, the man behind modern Singapore, died at the age of 91, and while many Singaporeans are still mourning the loss of a respect...


Foreign policy implementation should be led by Foreign Ministry

/ Friday, 5 February 2016 00:00

The Sunday Times last Sunday had a headline that said a Committee headed by Charitha Ratwatte, a one-time UNP Chairman, will with immediat...


Dimmer 2016 for developing countries – or what?

/ Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

The darling of the Davos political and financial elite Christian Lagarde, the current International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, warned...


Why we need to do more to attract FDI

/ Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

Sri Lanka in 2015 was way below the budget set for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). The Government is making a huge effort to attract FDI because ...


Will the world economy tank in 2016?

/ Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

In the first two weeks of the year, unlike in the past few years, we saw foreign exchange volatility jump to the most in a month as Chinese stock m...


Nokia: A lesson in how the high and mighty can fall fast

/ Friday, 8 January 2016 00:00

Research suggests that Nokia’s management was certainly aware that a digital revolution was underway, but failed to recognise the in...


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2030 Development Agenda for Sri Lanka

1 June 2016

  President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the SDG summit   In September last year, the President attended the United Nations Summit, at which world leaders endorsed the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 with 1...


The sound of silence deafens democracy?

1 June 2016

   Courtesy: Osho News    Before anything critical of our crumbling republican government (the ‘GG’s) is further essayed, one thing must be said. The dogs may bark, but the caravan moves on m...


Invest in Sri Lanka needs a step change in strategy

31 May 2016

In the backdrop of the financial crisis, when the dreaded flood hit Sri Lanka, my mind went back to the time of 2007/08 when the war was ranging at its highest with the prices of petroleum touching $ 150 and foreign reserves were at just one month...


Recent floods, culprits galore

31 May 2016

The country suffered from an unprecedented drought from January to April and the populace faced the highest temperatures for decades. The monsoon was late and the arrival of rains in early May brought relief, but in a couple of weeks the relief wa...


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