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Bridging the gap

Views - 80 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

The Government has focused on turning around slow growth with a stimulus package. But there are underlying challenges to growth including the provincial make-up of Sri Lanka’s GDP numbers where successive administrations have failed to encourage pr

Skilling youth 

Views - 99 Monday, 16 December 2019 00:52

Cabinet last week approved a task force to recruit 100,000 low or unskilled workers and train them to work in the public sector.  However this could be a challenge for the already overloaded public sector that does not have people in the right posit

Agriculture productivity

Views - 109 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:01

A new survey by the Census and Statics Department has shown that as little as 1.7% of the agricultural household population has received formal training to conduct agricultural activities, giving a sense as to why reform in the agriculture sector cou

Listen to women

Views - 90 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The world is listening to young people, perhaps more importantly, they are listening to young women. Climate activist Greta Thunberg just became Time magazine’s youngest-ever Person of the Year, at just 16 years old. And she is not alone. Thunberg

Human development

Views - 106 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:25

The latest Human Development Report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week shows Sri Lanka has jumped five places and broken into the category of High Human Development. It means that Sri Lanka has managed to improve th

Public sector changes

Views - 121 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:14

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this week called on the public service to be more efficient and proposed that the weaknesses in the sector should be identified promptly so they can be addressed.

The tale of two economies?

Views - 115 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

As technology expands its impact on economies, there is an increasing trend for growth to cluster around certain regions or cities of a country, potentially widening the productivity gap and leaving behind entire segments of society. This has created

Implementation focus

Views - 65 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:30

The Presidential Election was focused on, among much else, more efficiency in the public sector and implementation of projects so that they do not result in costly overruns. The new administration now has the challenge of ensuring that protects are c

Tech in informal sector

Views - 95 Saturday, 7 December 2019 00:01

Work is ever-evolving and technology driven economic changes come as a mixed bag for countries with large informal sectors. On one hand, the lack of regulation means the gig economy can plug into and employ informal workers fast but on aspects of cus

Adult learning

Views - 119 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

As a country with a rapidly aging population Sri Lanka will need to find new ways of economic expansion in the future. Adult Learning and Education (ALE) is therefore important for a country that will have to ensure its existing workforce adapts and

Climate-proofing infrastructure

Views - 90 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

Rainstorms have become the bane of commuters these days. It seems almost every evening there is a sudden downpour that results in flooded streets and long snarls of traffic. The clogged streets then make it almost impossible for commuters to find the

Fresh view of food security

Views - 106 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:36

The Finance Ministry, releasing a policy statement of sorts this week, said the focus of the Government was to capitalise on the plentiful Maha harvest, to support farmers and protect the country’s food security. Food security has also at times be

Putting people first

Views - 255 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:25

Uber has come under severe criticism in recent weeks, with many complaints directed at its customer service and it could face challenges if concerns are not properly addressed. In one of the most serious incidents reported on social media, a passeng

Holistic fix for procurement

Views - 108 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

The vast majority of governments usually end their tenures with mixed records. Mixed amongst the bad will be at least a few good decisions. The establishment of an independent National Procurement Commission (NPC) under the 19th Amendment resulted in

Unblocking biz

Views - 79 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

With the stimulus package announced this week, focus is on businesses getting down to business. It is clear that to repay debt and keep the economy at an even keel, it is essential to promote exports and attract investment but this has been consisten

Signpost Indo-Lanka relations

Views - 211 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s first overseas trip to India kicked off on Friday with high expectations for stronger relations between the two countries. However, the challenge will be to convert these good graces into tangible economic and social

Overhauling SOEs

Views - 146 Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:24

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s new administration has called for applications from professionals, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, to be appointed as chairpersons and board members of regulatory and State agencies.

Delivering on entrepreneurship

Views - 121 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:24

Sri Lanka is experiencing a political transition but the economic challenges remain much the same. One antidote to sluggish growth that has been proposed numerous times is encouraging entrepreneurship, which also has the capacity to promote sustainab

For freer and fairer polls

Views - 43 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

The recently-concluded Presidential Election rightly earned many bouquets for being a peaceful poll. But election monitors had pointed out gaps in the local legal system they called to be bridged to strengthen the Elections Commission (EC). It is imp

Marking a decade

Views - 209 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Loyalty is a privilege that must be earned. For 10 years, the Daily FT has worked ceaselessly to inform, engage, evolve and, indeed, gain the trust and loyalty of readers. Starting out in 2009 as Sri Lanka’s first standalone financial, economic and

Policies for job growth

Views - 108 Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:00

The new President and Cabinet have many challenges before them as they work to establish a caretaker administration till Parliamentary Polls next year. One of the key challenges they will face will be increasing the number of jobs that meet the aspir

Be dedicated to democracy

Views - 85 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka has a new Prime Minister. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in to the position on Thursday, completing the process that began when his brother was elected as the Executive President at the start of the we

Inclusivity for growth

Views - 100 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:00

Much discussion is taking place on how to fix Sri Lanka’s economy. Among larger issues such as corruption and mismanagement is also the need for structural reforms, including rectifying imbalances in the local workforce. Encouraging more women to e

Snap polls or not?

Views - 125 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:18

A robust Opposition is essential for a well-functioning democracy. The significant victory by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on Saturday has once again resulted in fissures within the United National Party (UNP) widening and left many people

Fixing the economy

Views - 148 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

Newly-sworn-in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his first address to the nation focused upon the all-important task of turning around the economy, which has been struggling with slow growth and is expected to end the year at about 3% expansion or slig

The return of the Rajapaksa regime

Views - 526 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

The Hindu: The 2019 Presidential Election will be a watershed in Sri Lankan history. The Rajapaksa regime was decisively defeated in both the 2015 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Since then, remnants of the regime have persevered to rebuild

A new chapter

Views - 160 Monday, 18 November 2019 00:58

The people have spoken. President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been given a mandate by the people to govern the country for the next five years. The Elections Commission, public employees, Police and the voters deserve credit for the conduct of a fre

For the love of a democracy

Views - 90 Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:01

All is ready for 16 million people to go out and vote today to elect the next president of Sri Lanka. The road to get to this point has been fraught with many compromises, negotiations, and trade-offs. The functionality of democracy in this country i

A look at prosperity

Views - 61 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Prosperity is one of the most elusive things to define. Sri Lanka’s prosperity has increased in 2018 when compared to the previous year, according to the latest prosperity index released by the Central Bank. But understanding where the gaps exist a

Support the EC

Views - 119 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

The Election Commission is one of the key institutions central to Sri Lanka’s democracy. Sri Lankans have stayed true to their power to exercise their franchise for over 70 years and for this reason the country is categorised as one of Asia’s old

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