Opinion and Issues

Sri Lanka has potential to be regional hub with more FDIs: ADB Vice President

Views - 97 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

(Xinhua) Colombo: Sri Lanka has the potential to grow into a regional hub with more Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from other countries including China, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Zhang Wencai told Xinhua in a recent interview. Zh

Female circumcision in Sri Lanka is “just a nick”, not mutilation: Supporters

Views - 229 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

New Delhi (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim communities have strongly condemned criticism of ancient cutting rituals performed on girls, saying it should not be classed as female genital

Green initiatives in the Blue-Green Budget: Can Sri Lanka become climate resilient?

Views - 79 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

By Kanchana Wickramasinghe Sri Lanka’s Budget proposals for 2018 explicitly identify that changing weather patterns and the increased frequency and severity of natural disasters (droughts, floods, and landslides) had posed a substantial challenge

Malik on trade, investment, competitiveness and moving Sri Lanka forward

Views - 219 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

The following is the speech made by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama in Parliament on 20 November during the Committee Stage Budget discussion.

Developing the Sri Lankan maritime industry

Views - 486 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

Following the launch of Vision 25 which outlines the Government’s economic development program, there were many thoughts and discussions over making Sri Lanka a maritime hub.

Govt. shakes as bond scandal inquiry ends

Views - 314 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:40

Nikkei Asian Review: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made unwelcome political history on Nov. 20, appearing before a presidential commission of inquiry into a Rs. 10 billion ($65 million) bond scandal that is shaking his Government and damaging t

Gintota and the shadows of extremism

Views - 1205 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:01

By Dharisha Bastians in Gintota The bright red SUV screeched to a stop at the Gintota Thuparamaya Purana Raja Maha Viharaya for the second time on Saturday (18), creating a buzz of excitement among scores of villagers assembled in the temple’s expa

Government policy ignores SME role in shipping

Views - 64 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

By Jeevan Hettiarachchi I have been following up on the recent articles published in the newspapers and social media relating to the new Budget proposal. The proposal for liberalisation of shipping agency and freight forwarding industries seems to be

Blue-eyed boys and the UNP

Views - 263 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

By Palitha de Silva Though I do not agree with Sarath De Alwis most of the time, his article in the Daily FT highlights the tragedy of Ranil’s style of governance. I hope with all the bashing he got and getting from the public at least at 68 years

Tapping into Sri Lanka’s oil and gas potential – A conversation with Saliya Wickramasuriya

Views - 214 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

By Shenali de Silva With the growing demand for energy and the increasing cost of supplying quality and reliable power, Sri Lanka is in need of identifying all available sources of energy that would be sustainable in the future. Speaking to the Ceyl

Sharing stories vs. learning facts – Managing the knowledge we create

Views - 84 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

By Deshani Senanayake A total of 150 participants, 50 countries, 40 organisations across UNDP country offices worldwide, government partners, and private sector innovation facilities from across the globe. This was the makeup of the participants at t

Travails of an aspirant seeking the protection of an invention (patent) in Sri Lanka

Views - 95 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

The Innovators to Industry (I2I) proposal is important. We have had many inventions slipping through our fingers and finding their way into other economies and the sad fact is we are quite unaware all these losses taking place.

Evolution of monetary, exchange rate policy in Sri Lanka and the way forward: Part 3

Views - 112 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Considering the success of flexible inflation targeting in advanced and emerging markets, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka also considered this as the best framework to be adopted in the medium-term. A number of prerequisites for the new framework have

Illicit liquor problem in Sri Lanka

Views - 118 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

The problem of illicit liquor is not something new to Sri Lanka. It is to the credit of this Government that it has viewed this problem with the seriousness that it deserves.

Evolution of monetary, exchange rate policy in Sri Lanka and the way forward: Part 2

Views - 153 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

While monetary aggregate targeting remained the framework for the conduct of monetary policy in Sri Lanka, the exchange rate regime also underwent a gradual evolution.

Olcott Oration: 2017 Evolution of monetary, exchange rate policy in Sri Lanka and the way forward

Views - 283 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

I am deeply honoured to have been invited to deliver the Olcott Oration 2017 and to join a list of great Anandians who have delivered this Oration before. I cannot think of a greater honour that my school could confer on me.

Ex-UN climate chief sees climate action “explosion” in coming decade

Views - 39 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:47

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation): In the next five to 10 years, the world will see an “explosion” of positive action on climate change, not only in terms of efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions but also in people’s daily lives, former

UN countries must press Sri Lanka on justice, say NGOs

Views - 78 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

International jurists of the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) say the Government has made no credible progress on its transitional justice commitments, and are urging the international community to get tough. This comes as Human Ri

‘The Tea Hub’: Reality behind the TEA façade

Views - 265 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

The TEA, in its response in the Daily FT of 9 November to my writing, ‘TEA brews toxic blend for its own survival,’ has resorted to vague generalities whilst accusing me of misrepresenting facts to suit my interests, without

Struggle for human rights in Sri Lanka: Progress despite difficult legacy

Views - 38 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

At a time when the world seems to be struggling mightily to put human rights at the forefront of a global discourse burdened by conflict, fear of terrorism and radicalisation, and real or perceived security threats of various kinds,

‘Son of the Soil’ shoots himself in the foot

Views - 228 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

I am glad that as analysts we don’t have to be frogs in a well, we do not see with tunnel vision. Fortunately, it must be mentioned that the Prime Minister has known liberalisation since 1977 and knows what should and could be liberalised as time p

SMEs concerned over liberalization

Views - 192 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

The SMEs engaged in the shipping industry are concerned over the recent government move to liberalize the shipping industry by lifting the 40% foreign ownership threshold. It is sad to note that SMEs who are the largest

A response to Analyst who is unaware that shipping is already liberalised in Sri Lanka

Views - 320 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:09

We are not only amused but perplexed to read the article in the Daily FT of 15 November which is not only misleading but maliciously written by a mercenary of interested parties with no national interest. The shipping industry is already liberalised

Budget allocations for teacher training: Is Sri Lanka playing its cards right?

Views - 54 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:05

The 2018 Budget proposals presented in Parliament on 9 November have correctly recognised the importance of good quality teachers for improving education in the country. The Budget has allocated Rs. 50 m to increase the allowance given to teacher tra

Towards an evidence-based alcohol policy in Sri Lanka

Views - 165 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

History is studded with examples of temperance movements and prohibitions, whenever alcohol was perceived as a menace to the society. All of them have failed and some have wrought worse chaos in societies. History brings two examples to mind where th

Fitch says beer makers to regain market share with tax changes

Views - 110 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Fitch Ratings said yesterday that Sri Lanka’s beer industry would regain market share from hard liquor following a more favourable tax regime for the segment announced in the Government’s Budget on 9 November.

Urban Development Authority a law unto itself!

Views - 72 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:07

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) is seen as a law unto itself, leaving surveyors in a quandary and the public in the lurch.

Biometric IDs and privacy safeguards

Views - 59 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:04

Brazil is back on track

Views - 45 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:01

Just over 18 months ago, I took office as the President of Brazil with the task of facing up to the most severe economic crisis in the history of Brazil along with its deep social impacts on our people.

Samarasinghe’s description of foreign shipowner agents as “local industrialists”

Views - 123 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00

Sources from the export-import industry said that they never expected that a so-called educated Minister would come on television and criticise a long overdue Government policy to make Sri Lanka a maritime and logistics hub.

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Why are farmers not utilising their lands and watching them go to waste despite Government efforts?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Ramanathan (not his real name), a land owner, received a letter from the Govi Jana Sevaya, stating that his fields and some bare lands have not been cultivated for several years.

Betrayal of a Bodhisattva

Thursday, 14 December 2017

‘Koley iragena angey halaganta epa. Londery hathakinn suddda karanta behe’ is the advice in pithy Sinhala idiom, the President offered to his critics and opponents in a recent homily delivered at Nikaweratiya.

India-Sri Lanka economic relations in Modi’s India

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The relationship between Sri Lanka and India has always been characterised by surprises, setbacks and progress, and the three years of the Modi Government in India have not been an exception

Kodak moments for Sri Lanka Tourism

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It was quite disheartening to see the tourism numbers for November 2017 dropping to 167,511 visitors at 0.2% growth against

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