Dinesh Weerakkody

Governance and the short-term focus of the financial sector

Views - 219 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 - 413 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 - 334 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 - 311 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 - 534 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 - 534 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 - 336 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 - 499 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 - 34 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 - 222 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 - 222 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 - 420 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 - 279 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 - 254 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 - 187 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 - 535 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 - 304 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 - 278 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 - 217 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 - 392 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 - 342 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 - 810 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 - 697 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 - 321 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 - 401 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 - 260 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 - 765 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 - 691 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 - 1337 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 - 1377 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


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The chainsaw massacre and other ‘lawful’ horror stories

Friday, 22 February 2019

Admit it. The headline hooked you. Hope you won’t be disappointed. There are no gory scenes featuring dismembered limbs here. However you might read about the long arm of the law being truncated. Perhaps a chilling scene where the mask of the murde


What went wrong with Sri Lanka?

Friday, 22 February 2019

If Sri Lanka wants to get out of the present miserable situation, it needs to make a profound change, a paradigm shift in the way it views at everything including the religious, political and economic issues. Such a change could be made only by loo


Regulating foreign workers now a top priority

Friday, 22 February 2019

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


Using the RTI regime as a catalyst for development

Friday, 22 February 2019

President Barack Obama stated the following in issuing a memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act on his first day in Office in 2009. “The presumption of disclosure also means agencies should take affirmative steps to make information public. A


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