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Getting more women in the workforce

Views - 156 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 - 220 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 - 767 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 - 793 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 - 325 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 - 524 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 - 284 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 - 557 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 - 381 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 - 434 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 - 201 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 - 252 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 - 233 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 - 235 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 - 172 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 - 252 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 - 216 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 - 389 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 - 274 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 - 268 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 - 129 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 - 386 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.


Education and VTEC allocations must target youth unemployment

Views - 135 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:05

Many entrepreneurs say the skills shortage is starting to bite as businesses are struggling to find workers they need to meet the growing demand at a time of medium to low unemployment.


The no-confidence motion against Ranil will create further chaos

Views - 849 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

The Mahinda Rajapaksa-backed Joint Opposition yesterday submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe


Governance and the short-term focus of the financial sector

Views - 214 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

Paul Polman, the Global CEO of Unilever – theworld’s largest consumer goods company – toldus recently about his personal


Nations require decisive leadership to thrive

Views - 408 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:10

The situation in Kandy, continuing for the fourth day at the time of writing, has shamefully taken a deeper communal


The Cabinet reshuffle: No real takeaways

Views - 328 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

Events, as they say in politics, have conspired to force the President to reshuffle his Cabinet, to sharpen Government


Sri Lanka needs sensible and sound leadership

Views - 301 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 - 530 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 - 518 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


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Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new


Advancing gender parity in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Asia-Pacific today is a true engine of growth in the world—a region that has barely tapped its potential to develop, invest, and innovate. But as the region speeds ahead, the dynamics of its workforce, one that was predominantly male in the past, i


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


What’s next after the Supreme Court decision?

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Last Thursday, just before the courts closed for Christmas holidays, the Supreme Court, sticking strictly to a legalistic path, put an end to the controversial issue of defining the powers of President Maithripala Sirisena, leaving the nation to wres


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