Hilmy Cader

‘Rich’ garbage that costs poor lives

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:01

Garbage is a function of consumption and consumption is a function of affordability. Therefore, it is ironic that the garbage we generate in the ri...


FDIs into capital markets?

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

  Yesterday’s FT article on the CSE road show in Melbourne, appealing to expat Sri Lankans, triggered this. Emotional pleas an...


Economic Progress Happiness of the wider population

/ Wednesday, 8 March 2017 00:00

Countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai are often used as examples of countries that Sri Lanka should emulate. For sure, there are great lear...


Ting, Ting!: Alarm bells for the economy, jingle bells for the banks!

/ Friday, 24 February 2017 11:31

Even after discounting for political rhetoric (on all sides), economists are convinced that our economy is in a critical stage. This cours...


What does a CEO do?

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:00

With some exceptions, the business leadership culture of an organisation tends to mirror the political leadership of that country, be it good, bad ...


Who treats corporate induced stress?

/ Monday, 2 January 2017 00:18

WHO calls it’s the ‘the health epidemic’ of the 21st Century and estimates its global cost-to-business  in excess of US$ 300...


FDIs – get the basics right first

/ Friday, 23 December 2016 00:13

Sri Lanka’s economy is in desperate need for a strong FDI pipeline. The first step would be to have a compelling and globally competitive &ls...


Start-ups need more logic, less magic!

/ Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:01

As part of MTI’s idea2fund, we screened 300 start-up applications and listened to 85 presentations. Here are some key learnings:  ...


Learnings from the ‘Trail’

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

Judging by the public response (qualitative) and the donations received (quantitative), the ‘Trail’ need to be commended. How do you ex...


Employee valuation

/ Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:01

Businesses carry out financial valuation of their assets, be it property or brands. We also claim that “people are the most valuable assets&r...


Time to reengineer management education?

/ Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

There is growing evidence of graduate/postgraduate students (particularly in management streams) ‘out-sourcing’ their academic...


Why does the UN exist?

/ Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:53

The strategic intent of the League of Nations (in 1920) was to prevent a Second World War, which it couldn’t do, leading to it being...


Ministers should spend more time to  ‘Analyse > Strategise > Realise’

/ Friday, 5 August 2016 00:00

When a country is at economic crossroads, the policy makers should be deeply engaged in strategising, which in turn has to be based on strong ratio...


How can ‘Start-ups’ earn a living?

/ Monday, 4 July 2016 00:00

 Start-ups, like any business, have two ways of earning a living. Either get the ‘customer’ to pay for the value you create and/or...


Will we learn from Brexit?

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Consequent to Brexit, $ 2 trillion was wiped off stock markets. Where did it ‘evaporate’ to? Did this money ever exist in the first pla...


Why only ‘dress down’ on Fridays?

/ Friday, 13 May 2016 00:00

Why do some organisations have a so-called ‘dress down Friday’?  Are the activities they perform on a Friday any different to ...


Why does a country need a national airline?

/ Tuesday, 3 May 2016 00:01

If it is a profitable business As a ‘loss leader’ to the national tourism industry – provided the tourism industry&r...


First round of MTI’s ‘idea2fund’ closes today

/ Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

The first round of applications for MTI’s idea2fund will close today.  “The initial response has been very encouraging. We will ...


Will India invade or inspire IT?

/ Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:35

Bi-lateral trade agreements must be strategically justified and then evaluated on their mutual benefits, considering all relevant socio-economi...


Why endure a second loss making airline?

/ Tuesday, 19 January 2016 00:01

Is the main airline too big and/or growth restrained, that it warrants a second airline? Are there domestic airports that a second air...


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Ice Men – 2

25 April 2017

In 1969, Colombo Cold Stores, the popular supplier of dairy and other food items, marked its diamond jubilee by bringing out a short souvenir book titled ‘Ceylon in our Times 1894-1969’. While reporting various social/political/persona...


PR disasters: United Airlines to Meethotamulla 

25 April 2017

  In a world that is going through economic and political turmoil fuelled by inconsistent decisions coming from US President Donald Trump, we in the business world have no option but to hone our skill in mastering the art of ...


Diving into the concerns of high cost of living

25 April 2017

    Advertisements were seen in super markets during the New Year festivals, offering discounts for rice though there were concerns about the escalation of rice prices a few months ago, that led the government to impose a...


Can Meethotamulla garbage mountain direct Sri Lanka towards a green country?

25 April 2017

The collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain killed unsuspecting poor and also shocked the politicians who refused to take action for decades – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara   For many families living near the ...


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