Columnists,Dinesh Weerakkody,Opinion and Issues

US-Iran standoff could hurt South Asia

Views - 228 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:05

The killing of the second most powerful leader in Iran by the US military a few days back immediately resulted in investors fleeing away from volatile assets and also helped to destabilise the region once again. The US could very well find itself wit


Sri Lanka needs more education entrepreneurs

Views - 577 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:04

The Government has said that it will take steps to provide every student an opportunity to receive university education in the future. In the last decade global HR thought leaders have created a very powerful human capital view, that if you invest in


Private sector best practices can overcome bureaucratic inertia

Views - 341 Monday, 23 December 2019 01:00

The new President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa pledged during his campaign that he would create a well-disciplined, efficient, and productive public sector. He said without an efficient and productive Government we cannot take the country forward. He pointed


Business needs to do more for sustainable development

Views - 137 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:34

The regional Conference on Financing Inclusive and Sustainable Development was inaugurated in Dhaka by the President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid last week. Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister of Finance


Opportunities for scaling up climate finance in Sri Lanka

Views - 209 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

The National Consultation on Climate Finance Mechanisms for Financial Institutions in Sri Lanka organised by ICC Sri Lanka together with UNESCAP brought together professionals from several sectors to discuss pressing issues in promoting climate-resil


South Asia’s opportunity to become economically independent

Views - 200 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Even in today’s glum economic climate, the average American is seven times as prosperous as the average Mexican, about 20 times as prosperous as the average person of sub-Saharan Africa and about 40 times as prosperous as the average citizen of an


Gotabaya’s opportunity to shine in Sri Lanka

Views - 2233 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:10

In January this year an iron curtain had descended to end Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elusive dream to become the 7th president of Sri Lanka. Then, several legal battles threatened to put the final full stop to his political ambition to be the President.


Getting priorities right for Sri Lanka post-2020

Views - 178 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Indonesian President Jokowi who was re-elected for a second term has made startup founder Nadiem Makarim the country’s education minister. The minister was quick to say that Indonesia thrives on talent and if Indonesia is to produce more high-quali


Avoiding the middle income trap

Views - 528 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:25

Dhammika Perera speaking at the International Tourism Leaders Summit at the BMICH on Saturday said majority of the labour entering the market did so without any training and Perera argued that it was essential to give skills to people to increase pro


Sri Lanka needs to invest more on soft infrastructure

Views - 287 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Developing countries like Sri Lanka will have to prepare for further downside risks in 2020 with the growing debt problems and the growth problems in Europe and the slowdown in Asia. Slower growth is already visible in weakening global trade and comm


Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Views - 870 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w


Social media has changed our country for the better, or what?

Views - 214 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, fake, unsubstantiated and fabricated stories posing as serious journalism is slowly becoming the order of the day, and not likely to go away as they have become a means for some unscrupulous writers to make money and potentially influen


Leaders vs. leadership

Views - 264 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

HR Guru Professor Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business says in this exclusive interview that an individual leader matters, but an organisation’s leadership matters very much more over time. In the interview Prof. Ulri


The HR mantra that guides great workplaces

Views - 240 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Great Place To Work Institute held its award program for the sixth time last week. Great Place to Work Institute Sri Lanka has been conducting studies to understand and recognise the best workplaces in Sri Lanka since 2013. A great place to work fro


When fake news and targeted misinformation rule the day

Views - 359 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, fabricated stories posing as serious journalism is gradually becoming the order of the day, and is not likely to go away as they have become a means for some unscrupulous writers to make money and potentially influence public opinion fo


Cardinal Ranjith’s voice of sanity

Views - 740 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

Anglican Bishop of Colombo, Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj Canagasabey speaking at a media briefing said politicians are ruining Sri Lanka. Rt. Revd. Canagasabey called on religious leaders, civil society and all citizens who truly love Sri Lanka to unite and fo


The day the nation was let down by their leaders

Views - 1068 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:07

On Easter Sunday, my wife and I attended the Easter Sunday Mass at 6.30 a.m. at All Saints Church Colombo 8, then visited Cinnamon Grand, and returned home by around 9.15, only to hear reports of explosions in three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa an


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

Views - 1533 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 - 393 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 - 431 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 - 523 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 - 2402 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 - 501 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 - 384 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 - 454 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 - 1336 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 - 280 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 - 864 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 - 871 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 - 379 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


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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear


Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli


Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind


The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and


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