Dinesh Weerakkody

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 ...


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...


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Up the creek without a paddle

2 July 2016

“Do you know, Prime Minister? The city is a funny place. If you spill the beans you open up a whole can of worms. I mean, how can you let sleeping dogs lie if you let the cat out of the bag? Bring in a new broom and if you’re not very...


The German attack on France, 10 May 1940

2 July 2016

German troops When the German Army burst into Poland on the first day of September 1939 it became evident to the world that before their anxious eyes was unfolding a superlative performance by an army, with a completely new approa...


Building capacity at board level in the financial sector should be a top priority

1 July 2016

Given the governance issues in the NBFIs, the regulator’s initiative to assist commercial banks and NBFIs to achieve the highest standards of personal and organisational performance by conducting regular bank directors’ symposiums to e...


Political ideology vs. economic reality

1 July 2016

Very soon it will be tennis at Wimbledon. We will be watching the scintillating long rallies. The ball whizzing back and forth from one side to the other. Whilst ruminating about watching some good tennis, an interesting thought crossed my mind. T...


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