Dinesh Weerakkody

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

Views - 309 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 - 292 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 - 150 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 - 401 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 - 154 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 - 883 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 - 232 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 - 422 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 - 346 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 - 326 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 - 548 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 - 550 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 - 354 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 - 521 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 - 48 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 - 240 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 - 237 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 - 440 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 - 292 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 - 266 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 - 203 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 - 546 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 - 312 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 - 289 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 - 225 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 - 413 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 - 360 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 - 848 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 - 828 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 - 336 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


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Tea with NM

Saturday, 20 July 2019

One of my most treasured memories is that of NM, better known as Dr. N.M. Perera. It was when I was a student in the UK that I first met him. NM was already a formidable left leader in Sri Lanka, an accomplished parliamentarian, a larger-than-life fi


Biosphere will one day be replaced by technosphere

Saturday, 20 July 2019

I am now nearly 90 and in my lifetime I have seen and heard the world changing so fast that homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”), the species to which all modern human beings belong, are changing into a technology-dependent sub species, . Homo sapien


Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


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