First AHK Sri Lanka Vocational Education and Training Council launched

Views - 26 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) launched the first AHK-VET Council with representatives of different business sectors and VET authorities in presence of the German Ambassador Jörn Rohde yesterday. The VET

Moms Do Digital: Stay-at-home mom to own boss

Views - 215 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Moms Do Digital is a digital marketing agency started by two moms with the plan of taking the digital game to a whole new level. This is not your ordinary agency, clients are heard, understood and delivered with exactly what they need. Coming from di

PIM develops Central Finance executives

Views - 16 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), as the nation’s management mentor, is continuing its long-standing relationship with the Central Finance PLC; it inaugurated and tailored another Executive Development Programme (EDP) recently. There

AHRP and SHRM launch HR Think Tank Sri Lanka

Views - 545 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Filling a much-needed gap in the HR industry in Sri Lanka, the Association of Human Resource Professionals (AHRP) launched the historic HR Think Tank Sri Lanka initiative,in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), on 28 F

EFC’s HR/IR Forum moots creating high performance culture through operational excellence

Views - 12 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 01:19

The first edition of the EFC’s HR/IR Forum for 2019, powered by Unilever Sri Lanka and Glaxosmithkline Sri Lanka was unfolded before a full-house last week. The HR/IR Forum held under the banner of ‘Creating a High Performance Culture through Ope

SLASSCOM to host People Summit 2019

Views - 27 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 01:18

The 2019 SLASSCOM People Summit is an event worth blocking your calendar for due to very special reasons. While the previous years’ summits were more focused on the use of technology to interpret, predict and anticipate how processes and practices

Sudham Dewaraja wins prestigious CTC Chairman’s Award

Views - 19 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 01:18

The Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) recently bestowed the company’s highest honour, the Chairman’s Award, upon Sudham Dewaraja, the Strategic Planning and Insights Manager. The award is presented each year in recognition of outstanding personal

PwC’s Academy workshop on implementing ERM to help organisations manage and prevent future risks

Views - 18 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

In an era where risks have become part and parcel of the business world, PwC’s Academy is assisting Sri Lankan businesses to proactively manage and prevent risks by introducing a two-day practical workshop on Implementing Enterprise Risk Management

WCIC to celebrate International Women’s Day on 1 March

Views - 107 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) will celebrate International Women’s Day on 1 March at the Victorian, The Kingsbury. A knowledge sharing session will be held to mark International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Better the Ba

Commercial agreement signed for establishment of National Vocational Training Institute, Polonnaruwa

Views - 27 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:49

The Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training and Skills Development and Youth Affairs has signed a commercial agreement with Gemco International B.V. Netherla

SHRM – APAC and Middle East CEO Achal Khanna shares key insights ahead of launch of HR Think Tank

Views - 30 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:46

‘HR Think Tank of Sri Lanka’, an alliance of senior HR professionals who will come together to uplift the standards of HR fraternity in Sri Lanka, will be launched on 28 February, by the Association of HR Professionals (AHRP) in collaboration wit

National Human Resource Development

Views - 35 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:45

National Human Resource Development Council (NHRDC) Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody hands over a copy of the report on labour immigration with recommendations to Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Non-Cabinet Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva and Skills

CIPM ‘Great HR Charity Walk’ powered by ATG Ceylon

Views - 19 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:42

CIPM Sri Lanka – the nation’s leader in human resource management organised the ‘Great HR Charity Walk’ on 26 January in aid of their ‘Play for All’ social justice project. CIPM’s ‘Play for All’ project is aimed at fulfilling their

Take a lesson from Nepal

Views - 61 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:39

Franklyn Amarasinghe, formerly DG of the EFC, speaking at the seminar on ‘Making Employment Laws Conducive for Investment in Sri Lanka’ noted that Nepal is the only south Asian country which has been able to bring in some progressive labour marke

Chair’s role is crucial for independence in boardroom

Views - 32 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:15

The chairman is responsible for leadership of the board and is crucial for creating the culture imperative for individual director participation and overall board effectiveness. The chairman’s role in facilitating independence in the boardroom was

Award-winning BoardPAC sponsors Australian Governance Institute’s National Conference 2018

Views - 38 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:14

Globally recognised and among the most awarded Board Management Solution providers BoardPAC, sponsored the Governance Institute of Australia’s National Conference 2018. The event titled ‘Purpose. Performance. Value.’ was held during the last w

Poor countries must stop contracting global consultancy firms – IMF boss

Views - 70 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:13

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has urged poor countries in the world to desist from using global consultancy firms to write development strategies. She was speaking at an event on funding of sustainab

PwC’s Academy to groom managers, professionals, entrepreneurs to be mindful leaders of 21st century

Views - 48 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Globalisation, digital technology, ‘socially created information’ and a new demographic that is driving mass collaboration and transparency are four dominant forces which are reshaping the 21st century. This, together with increasing volatility,

ACCA and KPMG hold discussion on importance of good governance for SMEs

Views - 65 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Corporate governance today is seen as an essential building block of stable economies that helps to protect the rights and interests of shareholders, provides a framework for effective monitoring of management actions and performance, encourages bett

Dr. Mahesh Jayasinghe recognised as 101 Top Global Coaching Leaders by World Coaching Congress

Views - 23 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Dr. Mahesh Jayasinghe was recognised among the Top Global Coaching Leaders at the World HRD Congress Awards held in Mumbai last week. At this event several world HR leaders and international companies were recognised for their contribution towards m

Inaugural CPFA and APFASL Conference focuses on upholding trust, ensuring sustainable public sector

Views - 17 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Sustainable public sector financial management and the need to think forward while upholding trust and accountability in the public sector came under focus last week at the inaugural CPFA and APFASL Annual Conference organised by the Association of P

AHRP President outlines vision of new initiative ‘HR Think Tank’

Views - 424 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:46

On 28 February, the Association of HR Professionals (AHRP) together with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will inaugurate the ‘HR Think Tank of Sri Lanka’, an alliance of senior HR professionals to collaborate and uplift the stan

Seminar on making employment laws conducive for investment tomorrow

Views - 62 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:40

The National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka, together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Daily Financial Times, and the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, have organised a public seminar to address t

Ravi Jayawardana re-appointed VTA Chairman

Views - 33 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:39

Attorney-at-Law Ravi Jayawardana has been reappointed as the Chairman of the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and assumed duties yesterday. He received the appointment letter from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Deputy Minister of Skills

New NAITTA Chairman

Views - 14 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:38

Former Eastern Provincial Council Chief Minister Eng. Nasheer Ahamed has been appointed as Chairman of the National Apprentice Technical Training Authority (NAITTA) by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The institution comes under the Skill Develo

‘The Giants of the Legal Profession of the Past: Reminiscences and Anecdotes’

Views - 21 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

Book Review by Gotabaya Dasanayaka The latest literary contribution to the lore of the Legal Profession in Sri Lanka, authored by S.R. De Silva, was published as a monograph of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC). The Monograph or Book as I r

Sri Lanka Corporate and Health Productivity Awards recognises Sri Lanka’s healthy workforce

Views - 215 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Corporate Health and Productivity Awards 2019, initiated by the Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE), in collaboration with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), was recently held at BMICH. The event was graced by the Minister

Study: HR and Finance say short-termism and culture clashes are biggest barriers to collaboration

Views - 17 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

A short-term mindset and entrenched cultural habits are the biggest barriers to collaboration between HR and finance teams according to a new study from Oracle. The study of 1,510 HR, finance and business professionals found that in order to succe

Healthiest Workplace Summit for the first time in Sri Lanka

Views - 60 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:57

Did you know that 91.5% of employees at Sri Lankan corporates don’t eat a healthy diet, almost 60% suffer from work stress factors and 12.9% suffer from mental stress? Companies are losing 53.2 days of productivity a year which amounts to over Rs.

FITIS launches National CXO Forum for 2019

Views - 76 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:55

The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) the apex body of ICT industry is organising the National CXO Forum for the 4th consecutive year. The CXO Forum will be held on the Thursday, 14 March at the Shangri-La Hotel Colomb

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Making Sri Lanka go to the ‘MICE’

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka continues to show a year-on-year growth in tourists, the focus thus far has only been on the number of tourists coming in, instead of the cash inflow and subsequent economic development. As of 2018, the local tourism sector is said t

Govt.’s 2019 Budget proposals are detrimental to women and children

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The focus and attempt to create a gender-progressive Budget this fiscal year is indeed welcome. However, reading through the Budget proposals, it is alarming to see how many of its allocations to address women’s issues tend to further discriminate

AI and political marketing

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Artificial Intelligence has become a hot topic in the recent past in Sri Lanka, with an eminent business personality explaining how his companies like Singer and HAYLEYS are using this technology to better serve the customers. Let me do a deep dive i

Worms destroying agriculture

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

By mid-March the majority of paddy farmers have completed harvesting their Maha crop; some with financial issues have already disposed their stocks to middlemen. Others are fighting to get a reasonable price for their stocks. The Paddy Marketing Boa

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