Columnists,Dinesh Weerakkody,Opinion and Issues

What will it take to make Sri Lanka a developed nation?

Views - 445 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and business tycoon Dhammika Perera gave their perspectives at the packed Fireside, organised by the Daily FT, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka, and CIMA at Hilton Colombo on 19 March saying Sri Lanka ha


Stimulating the Sri Lankan economy, the need of the hour

Views - 318 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:38

The sluggish economic growth in the country needs to be stimulated through a clinical strategy before Sri Lanka once again falls behind her regional neighbours. The continuous decrease in GDP from 5% in 2014 to 3.1% in 2017 and a marginal increase to


Regulating foreign workers now a top priority

Views - 323 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka is today facing a domestic labour shortage in some key sectors and industries. While demographic, social attitudes, expansion of the economy and outward labour emigration are contributing to the shortfall. Generally a lack of interest in ce


The importance of the 2019 Government Budget

Views - 287 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The tension between the SLFP and the UNP was largely triggered after the defeat of the UNP and the President’s SLFP faction at the Local Government polls last year, resulting in a blame game on the two sides. Thereafter no side made a real effort t


Sri Lanka’s debt- ridden independence

Views - 798 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:05

On 4 February, Sri Lanka will clock 71 years since we got our independence from the British. Sri Lanka, today, has an estimated $ 87 billion GDP, an economy which is much bigger than what the numbers really reflect. However, the $ 87 billion economy


Appointing of chairmen and directors to public institutions

Views - 460 Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:20

To improve SOEs’ performance and following many controversial appointments to State-Owned Enterprises in the past, President Maithripala Sirisena has issued fresh instructions on selection criteria in a bid to eliminate controversial and poorly-qua


The clash of the two Titans: what next?

Views - 364 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

The ideologies of the UNP and the SLFP have shaped the political experience of both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe. These ideologies, experiences, struggles and for dominance over the other have been the root cause of these recent confrontations. True,


UNF Government should not squander this last opportunity

Views - 436 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a 29-member Cabinet yesterday after two months of political turmoil. It was reported that the UNP has sent in 36 names to the President to be appointed as Ministers and that President Sirisena had struck off


Getting more women in the workforce

Views - 344 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

The current female labour force participation in Sri Lanka is around 36%. This means that a disproportionate majority of women still remain outside the labour market, with limited or no access to wages, pensions and other benefits tied to gainful emp


Good governance is the key to sustainability

Views - 245 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

To begin, after the financial crisis, regulators and funds came up with a new bunch of new governance structures and rules that they wanted their companies to practice and adopt. This new governance regime brought about new challenges for the chairma


The Bench must ensure that the judges will continue to be trusted

Views - 797 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

In the backdrop of the recent developments and the strong arguments that have been presented against the dissolution of Parliament saying the President has no constitutional power to do so, before four and a half years into a Parliamentary term, as s


What Sri Lanka needs is a fair break from its leaders

Views - 823 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Kumar Welgama, a senior member of Rajapaksa’s party and an influential Sri Lankan politician, told reporters yesterday: “We are the laughing stock of the world. One Prime Minister is in the Official Residence and the other is in the PM’s Office


Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Views - 347 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


Lankan stock market needs serious State intervention

Views - 801 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The ASPI decreased eight points or 0.14% to 5,872 on Wednesday 10 October from 5,880 in the previous trading session and on Thursday down to 5,840. Historically, the Sri Lanka stock market (CSE All Share) reached an all-time high of 7,811.82 in Febru


Labour imports must be managed professionally to avoid destabilisation

Views - 310 Friday, 5 October 2018 12:00

A group of professionals belonging to several agencies said in one voice on Tuesday that foreign worker policies must be carefully drafted and should not in any way be allowed to destabilise the local labour market. The known facts about Sri Lanka


Dollar rally hurting Sri Lanka and other emerging markets

Views - 606 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan Rupee in the last eight weeks has taken a beating like many other Asian currencies as a result of the dollar rally. The Government rightly pointed out that many of the other currencies had taken a bigger beating. This week the rupee hi


Skilled foreigners to compete with Sri Lankans for jobs; or what?

Views - 436 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

There is a perception that the Government will allow skilled foreigners to compete with our citizens for good jobs. The GMOA has said professionals such as doctors will be disadvantaged through the influx of human resources to the country through the


Fireside Chat ignites a debate on true role of the private sector

Views - 450 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s top business leaders on Wednesday speaking at the packed Fireside Chat at Hilton Colombo attended over 900 plus private sector people organised by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) in partnership with the Chartered


Three-wheeler issues cannot be resolved by revoking a gazette notification

Views - 259 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

The Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry had issued a gazette which permits only those above 35 years of age to apply


Govt. should take a cue from Trump economics

Views - 266 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Donald’s Trump victory in 2016 was powered by economically downtrodden voters who were driven by their insecurities


Building great organisations: What will it take in the future?

Views - 243 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

I would like to begin by congratulating the Great Place to Work Institute for organising this event to recognise ‘Sri Lanka’s Best


Giving leadership to a digital economy

Views - 247 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

The new economy has greatly changed our economic environment in relation to how the Government and businesses operate and provide goods and services. Prosperity in the new economy involves more than capitalising on knowledge assets. Prosperity involv


Everything about Trump’s diplomacy is commercial

Views - 184 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

President Trump is repeatedly boasting about his success in negotiating with North Korea. For decades and through


What good HR can do for an organisation

Views - 268 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:10

Can HR influence a company’s direction and contribute to corporate success? A 2015 study commissioned by the ILO


Disruptive technologies: The challenge to business

Views - 349 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

Today the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology, new talent demands, an aging population, and the easy flow of capital and knowledge are having a transformative impact on business, leaders and economies.


The making of a modern CEO

Views - 407 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Industries worldwide, unlike ever before, are experiencing systemic failure as a result of the digital disruption, coupled


SL-China relations: The Great Silk Road needs to pick up speed

Views - 294 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

It was good news for the country on Monday when China approved a $ 1 billion loan to revive a long-delayed expressway


Financial institutions very traditional in way they manage and protect data

Views - 281 Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00

The financial sector is under increasing pressure from many stakeholders to manage regulatory compliance and the


Why governance standards are becoming the No. 1 yardstick for equity investors

Views - 140 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

To begin, after the financial crisis, regulators and funds came up with a new bunch of new governance structures and rules


Govt. should reboot and focus on running the administration

Views - 393 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:10

The Prime Minister won the vote of no-confidence comfortably brought against him by the Joint Opposition (JO) last night.


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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