Dinesh Weerakkody

Sri Lanka needs sensible and sound leadership

Views - 206 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

The Asia section of the print edition of the Economist, under the headline ‘Beasts and Monsters’, said: “To critics of Mahinda Rajapaksa


Lessons for Govt. from recent LG Elections

Views - 481 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

The impact of the Local Government elections on the political system has been unbelievable and decisive. According to newspapers


The importance of the 10 February LG election

Views - 434 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:10

The local elections on Saturday will take place in 341 local authorities and councils (24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 divisional


The mantra of organisations that are successful

Views - 258 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

As a leader, it is our job to focus on getting things done—on time, with acceptable quality, and within the allocated budget. That requires the leader to surround himself with people who could help create the culture he desires.


The importance of MS and RW batting together

Views - 442 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

A prominent administrator after reading my column last week wrote me and said: “Push has come to shove. Sirisena is breathing fire. A drastic change of direction is needed after 10 February.”


MS-RW Unity Govt. must stay united for the sake of the country

Views - 11 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether, in terms of provisions of the Constitution, I, as the person elected and succeeding to the office of President


The shortage of real leaders

Views - 169 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Our world looks in vain for strong leadership. Politicians and religious leaders no longer seem to offer it.


The disconnect between education and skills training

Views - 186 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

Many employers in the country unlike before want more funding and more attention toward vocational education and training.


President Sirisena’s opportunity ahead in 2018

Views - 313 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

8 January 2018 will mark three years since Maithripala Sirisena was elected Sri Lankan president, after defecting from the Cabinet of his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Paving the way for a digital economy

Views - 234 Friday, 22 December 2017 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,


2017 a decisive year; what’s in store for 2018?

Views - 210 Friday, 15 December 2017 03:39

‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’ is be the goal of the World Bank and the IMF in 2018. In the last 12 months the global...


When people get spun by internet rumours

Views - 147 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:00

Many stories doing the rounds on the internet a few weeks ago said the beginning of the end for the current regime was underway. In fact some of them quoting the former President predicted that the days of the Unity Government being in power were num


Govt. on firm ground, but needs to grow up

Views - 505 Friday, 1 December 2017 00:54

There was heavy speculation in some quarters following the President’s statement in Nikaweratiya last week that rocked the political and diplomatic circles and also DBS Jeyaraj writing in an article indicating that President had wanted Ranil Wickre


Celebrating top business performance

Views - 280 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

On Monday, awards to the top rankers of Business Today Top 30 – Best Banks and Companies were presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The annual Business Today awards ceremony organised by Business


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Views - 231 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:10

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Govt. should put aside short-term calculations

Views - 206 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

On the 8 January 2015, the shock electoral defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa by his former ally, Maithripala Sirisena, rescued Sri Lanka from a slide into increasingly nationalist authoritarianism.


You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs

Views - 349 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Singapore has become a hotspot known for its efficient infrastructure. Often dubbed as the ‘Monaco of the East,’ the red dot has beaten a path to steady economic progress and prosperity since the 1970s.


Labour shortage in key sectors: Govt. needs to be flexible

Views - 304 Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

According to Ruchir Sharma, the author of ‘The Rise and Fall of Nations’, among the ten most important things to look at to see whether a country is rising or falling is its talent pool, i.e. is the manpower pool growing?


Debt repayments, Sri Lanka’s biggest nightmare

Views - 551 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

When the ambitious Belt and Road initiative – with projects reportedly worth $1 trillion – was first announced by President Xi Jinping in the autumn of 2013, many were sceptical of this Chinese move aimed at building up economic connectivity of 6


Improving bank and finance company governance in Sri Lanka

Views - 462 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

The dust is yet to settle on the collapse of CIFL and the Ceylinco Group’s Golden Key credit card company. Many of its depositors are still awaiting settlement of their dues.


The cry of ‘export or perish’ becoming real to Sri Lanka

Views - 279 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Committee held in Colombo said for Sri Lanka to promote exports and investment, the Government will soon introduce several laws in


Digital disruption – the big bang for leaders

Views - 368 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Mohit Pande, Country Head of Google India, delivering the keynote at the CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit last Monday pointed out that Airbnb (an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including


Government must win back public confidence

Views - 235 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

The President and Prime Minister sat down together this week at the BMICH to answer questions from the public. It was a good show for the Coalition Government. But, ironically today people measure their leaders by action not by what they say in publi


Sri Lanka needs more women in the workforce

Views - 400 Friday, 1 September 2017 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


The nation must focus on accomplishing something worthwhile

Views - 672 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

The Government has been in office for two years, and its agenda to many people still seems to be disconnected from the hopes and expectations of those who elected it to office on the promise of good governance. However the Government needs to be c


When political power is wielded by a small elite

Views - 1309 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

How did some nations, like a Japan, China, United Stated, become wealthy and powerful, while others remain stuck in poverty? And why do some of those powers, from ancient Rome to the modern Soviet Union, prosper for periods and then collapse? Pol


Black money and the war on cash; the challenge for the Government

Views - 1337 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Last year India in an effort to combat corruption, tax evasion and counterfeiting, withdrew all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes from circulation. Many international bankers argue with me that India failed miserably in its demonetisation effort.&nbs


A National Economic Council to override the CCEM; or what?

Views - 2061 Friday, 4 August 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena submitted a Cabinet Paper last week seeking approval to appoint a new National Economic Council (NEC) under his purview to take key decisions on all the economic and development projects of the Government. The Presid


Should the BOI be shut down?

Views - 2197 Friday, 28 July 2017 00:10

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the PM’s brainchild and an offshoot of the GCEC.  Wijeyadasa went


Quality of leadership key to performance

Views - 2062 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:10

Steve Jobs, Henry Ford and Lee Kuan Yew. What did these titans have in common? They had a clear vision of the future, and the leadership skills to manifest the future they desired. They also surrounded themselves with great people; delegated autho


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr


In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


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