Opinion and Issues

Surveys don’t drive insights — A thorough and informed process drives insights

Views - 256 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 00:00

A survey is a great tool that helps companies better understand consumers and develop a wide range of analyses

Weather extremes, fossil fuel pollution cost America $240 b: Study

Views - 29 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

Oslo (Reuters): Weather extremes and air pollution from burning fossil fuels cost the United States $240 billion a year in the past decade, according to a report last week that urged President Donald Trump to do more to combat climate change.

Policy perspectives on alcohol price and positioning

Views - 116 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

In our first report titled ‘Making Sense of Alcohol Policy’, we detailed the spread of illicit alcohol, the abuse of spirits and its impact on society and women. As alluded to in the report, we established that low price and easy distribution are

That elusive right to control your life and body – Abortion

Views - 240 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:53

The debate on abortion has once again ignited with the Government seeking the views of religious leaders on the proposed amendments to the “abortion laws”. The entire discussion is, however, disappointing as neither State nor society, let alone r

The shame of Buddhists

Views - 551 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

The matter I wish to write about today is not one of the subjects usually featured in the prestigious Daily FT, namely business, finance and corporate news, but I feel it is appropriate to highlight it so that the attention of FT readers is drawn to

Sri Lanka, you have a right to know!

Views - 91 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

On 28 September, the world marked International Day for the Universal Access to Information. Fittingly, we in Sri Lanka celebrate seven months since the Right to Information

Achieving Sri Lanka’s vision for 100% renewable electricity by 2050

Views - 135 Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:00

blogs.adb.org: As one of the 43 Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) member countries, Sri Lanka is not only disproportionally affected by the impacts of climate change – but also willing to take bold domestic actions to combat it.

Moving towards a digital future: 5 things the private sector should consider

Views - 136 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:30

The growth of knowledge-based societies which encompass highly-educated individuals empowered to drive innovation have been witnessed globally. Private sector companies need to gear themselves to cater to the demands of these digitally-empowered citi

Connected growth: ASEAN and South Asia in 2037

Views - 53 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Two decades ago Asia was in the grip of a broad economic crisis. Through the 1998 Asian financial crisis, regional stock markets lost more than 60% of their value1. Already fragile government reserves ran dry. By May 1998, Indonesia’s sovereign rat

Discrimination in Sri Lanka – The reality

Views - 1223 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Following is the speech delivered by Dr. Nalaka Godahewa at the 36th session of the UNHRC in Geneva on 27 September

Lines of conflicts – Indentured labour in Sri Lanka and Myanmar

Views - 124 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:00

Rohingya crisis and influx of refugees to Bangladesh is headline stories in the media at present. This article is to analyse the similarity of the conflicts of statelessness that prevailed in Sri Lanka then and Myanmar at present,

The proof of the pudding is in the eating: Implications of Sri Lanka’s new Inland Revenue Act

Views - 646 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:00

Earlier this month, the Parliament passed a new Inland Revenue Act, effective from 1 April 2018. How will the new tax regime affect the tax revenue and what will be the tax burden on Sri Lankan citizens? Is it more pro-poor?

The UN and Sri Lanka-China relations

Views - 114 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:00

The 72nd UN General Assembly, which President Maithripala is currently attending, has already gained notoriety around the world, because unusually, one of its member states threatened to totally destroy another.

What we should not forget about the pre-1977 economy

Views - 291 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

One should have thought that Elmo de Silva (‘The pre-1977 closed economy: Lest we forget,’ Daily FT, 9 September), as a middle-level civil servant in the 1970s

The need for education on the true purpose of religion

Views - 84 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:57

Poverty. Ignorance. Corruption. Inequality. Ethno-religious based ghettoisation. Many of these ills that lurk in multi-ethnic developing countries and fuel infernos in these nations were taken out for an airing recently. A lecture given in Colombo by

Abortion, women and personhood

Views - 45 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:02

The Government’s plans to liberalise Sri Lanka’s abortion laws has polarised public opinion. Abortion is either supported as a natural extension of a woman’s autonomy and right to choose, or is opposed as legalised murder. But is there a path b

Serving Millennial customers better: 5 changes banks need to make

Views - 238 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Millennials have becoming an increasingly important demographic, globally. In the United States alone they have been identified as the largest population cohort in US history, outnumbering the previous ‘baby boomer’ generation.

Why Sri Lanka needs more entrepreneurs

Views - 373 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Following the end of a near three-decade civil war, Sri Lanka was primed for rapid economic growth. Buoyed by post war optimism the country’s economy surged ahead from 2009 onwards amidst adverse development and slowdown in the global economy.

Continued improvements in health indicators

Views - 116 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) takes steps to identify, collect, analyse and communicate the information needed for the development programs of the country. For this purpose, the DCS and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous

Open letter to Media Minister: Ensure trade union rights of journalists

Views - 52 Monday, 18 September 2017 01:11

http://kusalperera.blogspot.com: There is going to be an ‘Open Media Workshop’ for journalists in Colombo on 25 September organised by the state agency the SL Media Training Institute, which comes under the Media Ministry. Improving reporting ski

Think-tank experts convene at INSSSL-NESA Strategic Forum

Views - 171 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:34

The Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) hosted its first strategic forum together with the Near East South Asian (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies at its premises from 6-7 September.

Sri Lanka on a path of economic transformation; exports key: Malik

Views - 233 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka is now on a path of economic transformation, and an important part of that transformation is the export sector. Which is why today’s awards ceremony – recognising our export champions – is so important, and I am very glad to be here w

Are we bowling without umpires again? (Flight version)

Views - 166 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

I plagiarised this title from myself, bear with me for the repetition. It fits so well that I did not bother to create a new heading to tell a repetitive story.

Sri Lanka’s Electronic National ID carries serious risks

Views - 659 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

According to a news report, the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) is to issue a new ‘smart ID’ within the next two months.

Automation, machines replacing humans and what’s in store for Sri Lanka

Views - 373 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Automation has been playing an increasingly important role in improving efficiency and reducing costs in many industries and sectors. It has also been sought after for addressing the challenges of skills shortage in certain industries while also thre

Ambassador Wells on ‘Maintaining US Influence in South Asia: The FY 2018 Budget’

Views - 55 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Following is the statement by Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State before the HFAC Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on ‘Maintaining US Influence in South Asia: The

Decriminalise abortion in Sri Lanka: Statement by human rights defenders and women’s groups

Views - 88 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

As a collective of organisations and individuals who work on women’s human rights in Sri Lanka, we are keen to add our voices to the prevailing debate in public fora around legislation governing abortion.

Family businesses: Taking over the mantle

Views - 153 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

On 2 August, global strategy consulting firm STAX and Sri Lanka Institute of Directors unveiled the results from the first-ever survey of Sri Lankan family businesses and convened a stimulating panel discussion

The 3 Es of effective Board Leadership

Views - 115 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

knowledge.insead.edu: Boards of directors often get media attention when something goes wrong. The board of VW, for instance, was recently in the news after it received a terrible corporate governance rating based on the 2015 emissions scandal and it

South-South investment: A necessary synergy with development finance

Views - 52 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Even though 35 developed countries pledged to provide 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) to foreign aid, only six nations - the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, and Sweden - currently fulfil this obligation.

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A SME policy finally in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The other day there was a communiqué that Sri Lanka must have a SME policy as per the direction from the leadership of the Yahapalanaya Government. It sure gave breath to the economy that is currently nose diving with a growth at 4.7% and all banks

How can Sri Lanka gain from Asia’s ‘noodle bowl’ of regional infrastructure?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a web of intercontinental road, rail and port links – is a hot topic in Sri Lanka

What is more important? Fixing the Constitution or fixing the economy?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has produced an Interim Report on six key issues after 73 sessions between April 2016 and September 2017, without basic consensus among the key partners of political party representatives in the C

Top 10 tourist source markets and marketing of Sri Lanka tourism niches

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The tourism sector is a significant that contribute to the economy of the country. Sri Lanka received over two million arrivals in 2016. This was 14% increase compared to last year 2015. In the case of foreign exchange earnings, Sri Lanka’s earning

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