Columnists,Dinesh Weerakkody,Opinion and Issues

The importance of the 2019 Government Budget

Views - 110 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 - 534 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 - 455 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 - 357 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 - 427 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 - 214 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 - 237 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 - 783 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 - 814 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 - 336 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 - 691 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 - 301 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 - 588 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 - 414 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 - 443 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 - 227 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 - 260 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 - 236 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 - 241 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 - 178 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 - 259 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 - 276 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 - 397 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 - 283 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 - 273 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 - 133 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 - 389 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 - 141 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 - 859 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 - 218 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

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


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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