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Trimming the public service

Views - 11 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

The Finance Ministry this week announced it had obtained Cabinet approval to hold heads of State institutions, including ministry secretaries

Cleaning up procurement

Views - 44 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

Corruption is often seen as having a human face but in reality it is usually a problem with the systems used in governance to run a country. The public often find fault with politicians, top public officials or other stakeholders but it is usually th

Trade wars

Views - 34 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

As the United States doubles down on trade with China, many experts around the world are worried that it would trigger a tit for tat trade war that could hit global growth prospects.

Going postal

Views - 35 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:37

Just like last year Sri Lanka’s postal service went on strike this week demanding the Government resolve key management issues in the 209-year service. But it is a public service that is in imminent danger of being outmoded by the interne

Name and fame

Views - 35 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Public officials are often at the front lines of fighting for better governance. They are also the first point of contact between the public and the State and as such, the standard of governance followed by a Government is often measured by their act

Hear the masses

Views - 30 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:00

Politicians as public representatives are expected to be sensitive to the needs of their constituents. This is why many politicians pride themselves on being able to gauge the pulse of the people. It is also essential for their own survival because o

Protecting public trust

Views - 39 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, trust between the public and their representatives is rare. In the past few weeks there has been a spate of incidents largely linked to acceptance of cash payments by several key politicians that has dented public trust and called for a

Creating growth

Views - 28 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera last week called on banking officials to encourage entrepreneurs by tapping

Brain gain

Views - 43 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:10

President Maithripala Sirisena during a recent speech to newly-appointed teachers had pinpointed migration of professionals as one of the key impediments for development. He had called on professionals who had benefited from the free education system

National Evaluation Policy

Views - 25 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament on Wednesday that plans are underway to introduce a National Evaluation

Supporting startups

Views - 32 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has decided to make a $ 2.5 million venture capital investment in PickMe, a Sri Lanka-based tech-started that started a ride-hailing business. The move could well be a stepping stone to other local startups

BOT and public service

Views - 65 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently received Cabinet approval to allow government departments and ministries

Environment protection

Views - 32 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

World Environment Day has increased in importance over the years, as the public becomes more aware of how important protecting the environment is to human wellbeing. Perhaps the single largest cause that has caught public attention in recent years is

Managing microfinance

Views - 75 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

The Government has decided to write off microfinance loans obtained by farmers hit by drought last year in an effort to reduce indebtedness and boost rural economies.

Politics and free speech

Views - 31 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:06

President Maithripala Sirisena, during a speech on Thursday, had warned that he would limit social media if its impact is not controlled and blamed the medium for a variety of ills, including influencing the judiciary and mudslinging campaigns agains

Recruitments that count

Views - 50 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Giving yet another signal that the Government is preparing for elections, Cabinet this week approved the recruitment

Developing the north

Views - 48 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Development in the Northern Province received additional attention recently after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the region. During his visit, Wickremesinghe spoke of the need to link the Northern Province to the larger Sri Lankan econom

SLC under the spotlight

Views - 58 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

With Sri Lanka Cricket elections set to take place on 31 May, like clockwork, matters long swept under the carpet have slowly but surely begun creeping back into public discourse.

Voters’ Day

Views - 30 Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

With election fever symptoms seen across all political parties, the Elections Commission will launch a National Voters’ Day program this week to encourage the public to register to vote. However, they may find it an unexpected hard task. Recent

Healthcare for the future

Views - 46 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Fitch in a recent study outlined how Sri Lanka’s private healthcare companies will do well given the country’s aging population but there is still the challenge of access.

Election financing

Views - 41 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:24

The ongoing investigation into the activities of Perpetual Group has uncovered that its subsidiary Walt and Row Associates had paid significant amounts of money to top officials, including Parliamentarians. MP Dayasiri Jayasekera on Friday admitted i

Housing for all

Views - 31 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

The Government recently announced plans to launch multiple housing projects in Colombo and its suburbs for low income families

Tax files

Views - 94 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera this week revealed that 46,000 new tax files had been opened since the new Inland Revenue Act came into effect on 1 April. This is a positive start and indicates that the new law is helping to broaden the tax net

Reforming railways

Views - 84 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka investment in transport is often discussed in terms of highways but railways often get lost in the discourse because

Venezuela’s big battle

Views - 76 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Elections are important because they are the catalyst for meaningful change - but sometimes people visit the polls without achieving change. This was the result in Venezuela last weekend, where colossal mismanagement has dismantled an entire economy

Growing the financially literate

Views - 58 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Financial inclusion, which is giving people access to the financial system of a country, can only be effective if individuals are aware of the risks they are taking and have the ability to be strategic in the way they make use of the financial system

Taxes and SOEs

Views - 223 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:57

The State must not just impose taxes, it must pay them as well. Taxes that are imposed by the Government have to be paid by the public employees of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and other entities, as well as by the private sect

The immigration discourse

Views - 86 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

Debate on Sri Lanka’s efforts to sign trade deals has now largely devolved into a debate on immigration. Professional

Economic planning

Views - 90 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Economic planning or any planning for that matter at Government level needs to have clarity, consistency and transparency. It also requires important people at the top giving clear policy direction so that all the nuts and bolts of a system can be pu

Subsidy structuring

Views - 43 Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

The recent fuel price increase has re-focused the spotlight on Government subsidies and how they can be best structured by

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