Dinesh Weerakkody

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...


PM’s 1 million jobs project – The real challenge: Shortage of labour

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Based on industry surveys, at least a minimum 400,000 jobs are available in the hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors per annum in the next three ...


The business of business isn’t just only about making money

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:40

The National Centre for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), a conservative think tank, recently in the US requested Apple to refrain from putting money...


Government must keep a tab on public opinion

/ Friday, 3 February 2017 00:00

It has now become a national pastime for howls and protests on our streets on a daily basis. Are these protests because the Government has so far f...


Lead with humility: Leadership lessons from Pope Francis

/ Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

The connection that exists between a leader and those being led is, like most relationships, seldom easy to understand or take out. The satisfactio...


What we need to do to ensure the FTAs don’t go begging

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:10

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that Sri Lanka would soon have access to four major markets at the World E...


Labour shortage in key sectors will hold Sri Lanka back

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

The Daily FT Cover Story on Tuesday highlighted the 10 most important things to look for whether a country is rising or falling, quoting Ruchir Sha...


Time to ensure State enterprises deliver value to the public

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

The former administration, unlike any other previous regimes, made a conscious effort to extend its dominance in many economic spheres. All governm...


President Maithripala Sirisena’s opportunity in 2017

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

Maithripala Sirisena hails from the North Central Province. He is an agriculturist by vocation. He joined mainstream politics in 1989 as an MP and ...


Expectations from the Government in 2017

/ Friday, 23 December 2016 00:00

In a country where many people feel powerless, many right-thinking people watched with alarm and disappointment in 2014 the steady decline...


Importing labour should only be a short-term option

/ Friday, 16 December 2016 00:10

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit 2016     Prime Ministe...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:10

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of th...


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...


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Sri Lanka trapped between wrong priorities and disaster relief

26 April 2017

Over the years Sri Lanka has experienced so many natural and man-made disasters, one could sarcastically say, people are already used to it. Usually the main steps are, something tragic happens, everybody is shocked and surprised, relief efforts s...


Sharing economy – a double-edged sword!

26 April 2017

The time we have to 'consume' in a day is largely the same as we did decades ago. But per capita acquisition (of all forms of goods and services) has significantly increased. This means a lot of idling assets in our homes and offices, from...


How not to be a social entrepreneur

26 April 2017

These days everybody wants to be a social entrepreneur. That’s awesome, but as long as you don’t pretend to be one. Every business is not a social enterprise… because if it was then we don’t need to have a separate name ca...


The nation needs new hope, new horizon: Succession stakes and Opposition strategy

26 April 2017

The victory in Round One of the French elections and his highly probable election as the new President of France on 7 May, of Emmanuel Macron, the young outsider with a neo-Centrist or ‘Alt-Centrist’ stance, underscores that the global...


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