Views - 14 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00
On the road to liberalisation, some companies will become winners and others losers. For the latter the Government has promised a Trade Adjustment Package (TAP) that may ease the pain of evolving into a different
Views - 17 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00
To an exasperated public it sometimes feels that plans and policies are made in Sri Lanka only to be broken.
Views - 30 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00
The listing of non-strategic State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) could begin in the first six months of next year, according to a top Government official. However, broadening reform will be a hard but necessary step.
Views - 36 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:46
Tourism is often cited as a golden goose industry for Sri Lanka. Since the end of the war in 2009 the industry has boomed, delivering double digit growth and earned $3 billion at the end of last year.
Views - 54 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00
One of the goals of the Government’s revamped tax policy is increasing revenue so that it can provide a strong social welfare network to its people,
Views - 53 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:08
Budget 2018 has good news for the environment. Key proposals introduced plans to phase out all fossil fuelled vehicles by 2040 and replace them with electric vehicles. Indeed the Government will be fast tracking this process by providing tax concessi
Views - 56 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00
The Government is made up of hundreds of institutions, departments and ministries that are essentially tasked with managing public assets but clear oversight is often missing, resulting in public funds being mismanaged or going astray.
Views - 52 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00
The Government has proposed increasing the tax on sweetened drinks, aiming to expand its current colour
Views - 30 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:32
Despite women making up about 52% of the population, Sri Lanka has repeatedly had extremely limited women’s representation in politics with less than 5% of women in Parliament.
Views - 20 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:23
Budget 2018 unveiled on Thursday had special focus on promoting female entrepreneurship and providing avenues for women to enter the female workforce, even giving preferential access to capital through a new Development Bank the Government plans to e
Views - 61 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00
As fresh fuel stocks reach Sri Lanka’s sun-dappled shores and snaking fuel lines shorten, the time has come to have a candid and transparent look at why the crisis happened and why it was allowed to get so out of hand.
Views - 39 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00
Budget 2018 will be presented today in what many hope will be a deviation from previous editions, namely, that the Government will stick to its already outlined policies in V2025 and give achievable streamlined goals that will be
Views - 27 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00
Cities are the next hotspot for global development. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe believes that Sri Lanka, and Colombo in particular can use this trend to gather more investment and expand as a maritime, logistics and economic hub for South Asi
Views - 61 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00
One of the biggest challenges to Sri Lanka’s growth is its unequal distribution. In the latest Central Bank report on provincial GDP, the Western Province continues to be the biggest contributor, with other provinces lagging behind significantly. G
Views - 38 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00
Last week top politicians across the party divide gathered in Parliament to debate the interim report on proposals for the eventual formation of a new Constitution.
Views - 19 Friday, 3 November 2017 00:00
As the Local Government Election race gets set to begin in earnest there is renewed need for them to prove that they are worthy of public trust. According to the latest gazette notification, which was signed by Local Government
Views - 18 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00
As the countdown begins for elections, debates on the economy will become one of the key policy platforms for the different political campaigns of various parties. Therefore it becomes all the more imperative to have independent evaluation on claims,
Views - 40 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00
Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has become the latest organisation to join election watchdogs calling for transparent and controlled spending on election campaigns. As elections edge closer it has become ever more
Views - 36 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00
The high level of indebtedness in the north that had been flagged by stakeholders for many months is finally getting attention but it is imperative that solutions are fast-tracked to prevent a social catastrophe. Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit C
Views - 45 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00
Last week the Government unveiled the Electronic ID cards, or eNICs, that will hold a plethora of information and potentially be used to track everything from financial information to where citizens live.
Views - 31 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:22
Research and Development (R&D) is set to get a new lease of life in Budget 2018 but this segment deserves a closer look. One of the biggest hurdles for this process is the disconnected R&D programs of universities and other bodies that do not target
Views - 39 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00
Battered by multiple devastating floods and drought, the Government has focused heavily on disaster management but climate change also demands more long-term policies such as building climate resilient
Views - 41 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00
Sri Lanka has seen a renewed discourse on how it can increase its labour component into different segments of the economy. Last week the Government outlined plans to limit three-wheelers on the assumption that it would reduce productivity and increas
Views - 39 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:45
As fleets of electric cars grow around the world, countries, especially smaller developing ones like Sri Lanka, are faced with the challenge of attempting to recycle their batteries and make the vehicles truly sustainable.
Views - 261 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00
It doesn’t take years of painstaking research to see that Sri Lankan society is deeply divided along lines of language, religion and culture. Apart from the obvious ethno-religious differences, the populace is also fragmented along lines of caste (
Views - 47 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:18
Household income and expenditure is perhaps the best and most transparent litmus test for an economy. Sri Lanka, caught between moderate real growth, low entrepreneurship, high inflation, complicated tariff systems and inconsistent policies, faces an
Views - 70 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00
A key pledge of the Government, particularly the United National Party (UNP), is to create one million jobs by 2020. Employment is one of the most important measurements of economic growth and perhaps the most tangible one, making it imperative to ha
Views - 110 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00
Many consider the humble three-wheeler to be a menace to society and an indication of the youth of this country choosing cushy self-employment over hard work.
Views - 45 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00
The past few days have seen the #MeToo movement take social media by storm, with women from all walks of life sharing their stories of abuse and sexual harassment. The hashtag, which was created by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of the H
Views - 45 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00
Poverty is an issue that plagues Sri Lanka and has been the topic of much debate over the years. Successive governments have always painted rosy pictures of the country’s improving situation which it reinforces through numbers that clearly fail at
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Twenty years ago in 1998, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda writing in the periodical ‘Frontline’ traced our peculiar path of progress in the 50 years of independence
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Today, as a society we are noticing a historical shift from cash-based transactions to digitisation of financial transactions, and from the use of traditional banking channels to e-channels.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
By Press Notice, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) through its Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU), has drawn the attention of the public to “Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2015/56 dated April 21, 2017 prescribing
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