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Teaching matters

Views - 49 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

Recently, teacher unions went on strike protesting political interference and other shortcomings in their work, but the impact of limited qualified teachers being part of the public school system received limited attention. There is a demonstrably


Providing services

Views - 51 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s public service currently exceeds 1.1 million, but the efficiency of this sector remains questionable and reforms


Cities for growth

Views - 44 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:28

Cities are the next hotspot for global development, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said while in Singapore this week, calling on leaders to use this trend to gather more investment, connect to global value chains and build liveable cities. But,


State of SOEs

Views - 89 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

Some of Sri Lanka’s State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have had several eventful weeks. It began with the postal strike that was eventually resolved, and then the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) tussled with SriLankan Airlines over its fuel payments


SME credit

Views - 101 Saturday, 7 July 2018 03:12

The Government this week launched “Empower,” its latest effort to assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access funds on the capital market. This is a laudable move and could be assisted with other measures that are practiced around the world


Polls and politics

Views - 51 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s assurance that the Government would work to hold Provincial Council elections


Governance the Mahathir way?

Views - 117 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

The world watched in awe as just two months after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad was elected his predecessor was arrested this week. The rapid progress has focused international attention on Malaysia’s new government to demonstrate its commitment


Jobs for growth

Views - 81 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka in its quest for growth has to surmount an


Tracking campaign finance

Views - 52 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The current controversy over allegations that a Chinese State-owned company provided campaign finance to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of the 2015 presidential election has renewed discourse on the need for Sri Lanka to have stronger campa


Microfinance relief 

Views - 101 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

The Government has earmarked Rs. 1 billion in taxpayer funds to repay thousands of microfinance loans taken by people around the country.


Equity goals

Views - 61 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:35

In Sri Lanka, female participation in the formal labour force at 35% is significantly lower than for men. Unemployment rates are also significantly higher for women. There is also a large gender gap in the share of women who are unpaid family....


Assessing progress

Views - 38 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:24

Cabinet this week approved the introduction of a National Evaluation Policy to monitor over 1,300 development programs at all levels of State, to ensure that development goals are met. If done right, this could addr


Demographic growth

Views - 79 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy this week warned that given Sri Lanka is fast moving beyond its demographic dividend, as a country with an aging population Sri Lanka would have to begin investing in innovation and R&D at a much earlie


Protectionism and food safety

Views - 64 Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena’s call for protectionist taxes to be increased on imported fruit to benefit local consumers has triggered a renewed discourse on food security and how Sri Lanka can ensure that the poorest segments of the population a


Getting SOEs to pay taxes

Views - 82 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have to start following the law and end the practice of paying their employees taxes, and the Government must urgently put in place measures to ensure that such fiscal regulations are complied with.


Safeguarding democracy

Views - 29 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Provincial Council elections have returned to dominate headlines as party leaders remain sharply divided on how to proceed with the next round of polls.


Growth that benefits all

Views - 46 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:19

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that Sri Lanka could raise its GDP by as much as 20% by closing the gender gap in the workforce, but it would take strong long-term measures to achieve such a goal.


New collateral options

Views - 53 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Cabinet this week decided to introduce a new law to allow movable assets to be used as collateral to assist entrepreneurs


Fixing public accounts

Views - 45 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Governments are run by public money, which is mostly earned through taxes, which is why efficient management of State institutions and departments is an integral part of public trust. However, Sri Lanka’s track record in this department is disappoi


Trimming the public service

Views - 69 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 - 81 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 - 80 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 - 54 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 - 48 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 - 42 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 - 49 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 - 41 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

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


Brain gain

Views - 57 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 - 78 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 - 39 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


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Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


The bald truth about fake news, etc.

Friday, 21 September 2018

In its most innocent forms, we may all enjoy a bit of ‘fake news’ and go to bed with a lighter heart and clean conscience. A meme on Facebook urging social media consumers to caution – “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet


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