Hilmy Cader

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...


Build more roads or reduce traffic?

/ Tuesday, 5 January 2016 00:00

Except for a ‘joy ride’, traffic on the road is a derived demand. Therefore we should we first challenge why are people on the road...


The ‘enemies’ of strategy

/ Monday, 28 December 2015 00:00

 Love:  Falling in ‘love’ with your strategies, when in fact they should be clinically challenged on a regular basis. Str...


Talking Rubbish!

/ Wednesday, 23 December 2015 00:00

If we continue to ‘consume’ the way we do, we will soon run out of space to dump our garbage. Colombo is looking to transport ...


MTI highlights economic reality of Sri Lankans working abroad

/ Thursday, 3 December 2015 00:00

There have been calls to ban Sri Lankan maids from going abroad. Emotionally, this is understandable, but logically and realistically consider the ...


Budgeting revisited

/ Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

 As a discipline, budgeting should focus on income and expenditure, be it for a country or a business. Direction, policies and strategies ...


Economic dreams await reality!

/ Monday, 9 November 2015 00:00

Our politicians have always had big economic dreams, manifested in grand slogans that have made crispy sound bites. The best way to judge if these ...


If…

/ Wednesday, 4 November 2015 00:00

If my parents could have afforded private or foreign higher education? If my education gave me a reasonable chance of getting a job th...


Why all the fuss about the Budget?

/ Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

The Government and the private sector (in anticipation and lobbying) spends disproportionate amount of ‘energy’ on the Nationa...


Preventive justice

/ Saturday, 10 October 2015 00:00

 Every time we hear of a gruesome crime, we seem to believe that a death penalty will be the deterrent.  Human behaviour is ...


Putting ministers in their place!

/ Monday, 7 September 2015 00:00

If the job of a minister is to be equated in corporate terms, it would be like a non-shareholding/non-executive chairman of a group of companie...


Sanga’s next job?

/ Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00

My take on Sanga being offered the job of Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK: For what Sanga has contributed to Sri Lanka and crick...


Whoever gets elected to govern

/ Tuesday, 18 August 2015 02:10

‘Walk the talk’: Focus on delivering what you promised ‘Cut to the chase’:  Start the value-delivery proc...


Elections reflections

/ Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

If I vote for a candidate from Party A, if he/she decides to switch to Party B after winning – is that not a fundamental violation of my ...


MTI proposes ‘Ground Zero’ process to restructure Cabinet

/ Friday, 7 August 2015 00:00

MTI Consulting, over the last 18 years, have worked on organisational re-structuring projects across diverse public and private organisations in ov...


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The importance of building brand Sri Lanka

28 June 2016

BREXIT costs $ 2.1 trillion SL exports to UK, $ 1 billion When Britain went to vote on the referendum, little did the world realise that in the event it went the other way, there would have been shock waves globally –...


Sri Lankan marketers need the service of anthropologists

28 June 2016

A few years ago, a leading mobile service operator in Sri Lanka had a problem when a new package was introduced by another mobile service operator with the help of the Government. Some ‘loyal’ customers suddenly switched onto the new p...


Brexit: Are the UK Universities and the research sector the biggest casualty?

27 June 2016

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this Reuters picture. Brexit was fought on emotional grounds rather than on hard core economics or political realities    Brit...


Hyundai strikes back with mega ship orders

27 June 2016

Hyundai strikes back with mega ship orders Hyundai Merchant Marine said it had reached an agreement with ship-owners to secure lower charter rates; a major breakthrough in its financial restructuring that enables state support for the purch...


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