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We need microcredit to develop the rural economy

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

In the rural economy and the SME sector there is a dire shortage of capital. Without capital the rural economy will not move from stagnation to gro...


Budget has a welcome focus on the rural economy

/ Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

 The wellbeing of the people of this country is closely linked to the rural areas which have approximately 75% of the population. The rural ec...


Privatisation is bad, peoplisation is good

/ Wednesday, 5 April 2017 00:11

Privatisation is selling a state-owned asset to the highest bidder. Peoplisation of a state-owned entity is creating a new public company and selli...


Where are all the unemployed hiding?

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

There are jobs but no takers. The Government says it plans to create a million jobs. This objective can be achieved only with mega investme...


Closure on the bond saga

/ Friday, 3 February 2017 00:00

The fires keep burning and the pot keeps simmering. But by itself this is not useful. There has to be some end to the saga. An end that meets three...


Yahapalanaya and investment

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

There was a new dawn with the new President’s election. The sky lit up beautifully, with the aura of Yahapalanaya. A great dawn does not guar...


Getting the maximum out of tourism

/ Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:15

I have said it before and I will say it again: Tourism is Sri Lanka’s oil well. Like with oil, revenue will flow from it for a long, long, ti...


“Cannot see the wood for the trees” in the bond saga

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

A great deal of noise about the bond saga. Many column inches in the papers. Committees of investigation. Many reports. But after all this, little ...


UNP-SLFP coalition could be the best form of Government for Sri Lanka

/ Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:01

If we too adopt a model where the authority is divided between a UNP prime minister and a SLPF deputy prime minister and the policies of e...


The challenge of creating a fine tourism product

/ Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:02

Marketing a country is like marketing a product. They must both ideally entice the customers by offering a functional benefit which also provides a...


Tourism: Thailand vs. Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:01

China is a growth market for us; Thailand gets eight million tourists from China and it is still growing. We must learn from the Thai experience ...


Tourism can be Sri Lanka’s oil well if we drill with the correct marketing tools

/ Monday, 29 August 2016 00:02

  Branding is a promise that will persuade tourists to come to Sri Lanka. It must be based on meeting the needs of the tourists from o...


If Government does not move to an inclusive growth strategy, it will be political hara-kiri

/ Wednesday, 3 August 2016 00:00

  The current strategies of the Government are not likely to be perceived as beneficial or supportive of the rural/people’s priv...


Political ideology vs. economic reality

/ Friday, 1 July 2016 00:10

Very soon it will be tennis at Wimbledon. We will be watching the scintillating long rallies. The ball whizzing back and forth from one side to the...


Economic consequences of opposing what is good and not opposing what is bad

/ Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

 The current Government and the previous have been great addicts to borrowing to bridge the gap between revenue and expenditure. Society looks...


The Fonseca saga

/ Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

If those who have done a Fonseca are not charged, because they have not committed an offence, then having done a Fonseca will become a prestigious ...


Some FDI is like taking Panadol

/ Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

The Panadol pack says it provides relief from the symptoms of pain and fever. It does not claim to cure the cause of these symptoms. A tranche of F...


Nero was fiddling whilst Rome was burning

/ Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:04

We tend to use the word fiddling to impishly imply something improper or dishonest. Whilst Rome was burning, Nero was not fiddling with someone&rsq...


Good plans need good people

/ Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

It is really very simple. Good people are required to develop good plans. The link between good plans and good results is good managers. If this cr...


Creating more shareholders and a dynamic private sector economy

/ Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Premier says “I want to see an expansion in shareholding. According to the newspapers, that was what he said at the SEC. Wide shareholding is...


Today's Columnists

False claims about glyphosate – Debunked

23 August 2017

This is my response to the unscientific blabbering of an article by an archaic old man called Chandre Dharmawardana, published in Daily FT on 10 August.  According to his Wikipedia page, Chandre lives in Canada and is a Canadian citizen. As...


Hedging deal consigned to the dustbin?

23 August 2017

There are unconfirmed reports stating that the AG’s Department has cleared 28 files pertaining to corruption and fraud for taking legal action. According to the information the hedging issue is not among them. It is history now as to how i...


Only citizens, civil society, media and Judiciary can assure ‘Yahapalanaya’!

22 August 2017

The solemn pledge of fostering ‘Yahapalanaya’ – Good Governance – was the key political commitment that led to the regime changes of January and August 2015. Voters defied the pressures before them to rally round and vote f...


The 3-year plan of the Unity Government

22 August 2017

It is reported that the Government will unveil a three-year development program on 4 September to coincide with the second anniversary of the formation of the National Unity Government. The next budget would be formulated in keeping with this prog...


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