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Thoughts on the Budget and what comes next

Views - 1063 Friday, 15 December 2017 03:40

The recent Budget definitely improves on previous budgets. It is a promising debut for Mangala Samaraweera, the new Finance Minister. He sees...


Scenarios for world trade

Views - 760 Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:00

International trade is in trouble after the global financial crisis, and, with the new Trump administration, the world faces a protectionist onslaught. Here I present three scenarios for international trade – one “more likely”, a


Sri Lanka: Three scenarios for the future

Views - 6914 Friday, 17 March 2017 00:10

Last December I gave a lecture for Advocata Institute in Colombo on three scenarios for Sri Lanka’s future. Here are the three scenarios. Scenario One I call “Drift”, Scenario Two “Take-Off”, and Scenario Three &ldquo


Economic and social rights in the new constitution: A terrible idea

Views - 3691 Tuesday, 4 October 2016 00:15

Prominent individuals and NGOs now clamour for economic and social rights in the new constitution. They want them incorporated as “fundamental rights” in a new Bill of Rights.  To quote a recent Daily FT column, such rights woul


Six lessons in policy reform

Views - 3634 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:10

       This year Sri Lanka has its best opportunity for market reforms since 1977. The presidential and parliamentary election results give the Government a mandate for it, alongside constitutional refor


Sri Lanka at another crossroads: A half-outsider’s view

Views - 3085 Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka has thrown up a few surprises in the past month. Only a few months ago, the hegemony of the Rajapaksas seemed assured for years ahead. Then cracks appeared with the Uva Provincial Council election results. President Rajapaksa called a snap


Southeast Asia and the global economy

Views - 1318 Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

What is the economic outlook for Southeast Asia at a time of general growth slowdown in emerging markets, and when global monetary conditions are set to tighten? Is it realistic to talk of a “regional” outlook, given extreme intra-regional divers


China, India and the emerging markets slowdown

Views - 18957 Friday, 1 November 2013 00:00

China and India are in the vanguard of a historic ‘shift to the East’. While economies in the West shrunk during the global financial crisis (GFC) and remained in a funk afterwards, China, India and other emerging markets bounded ahead. But then


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In the tropical terrain, tourism thrives, but!

Friday, 26 April 2019

In business school an oft repeated refrain in the marketing module is ‘get your product right’. It’s a task easier said than done, especially when it’s a service. Marketing of a service characteristically has to negotiate both lucidity and am


A secular public space is essential for the safety and wellbeing of all

Friday, 26 April 2019

The heart is heavy and the pen is slow. The environment is thick with the shared sorrow of many. Pain and suffering caused by deaths of hundreds and maiming of more on Easter of 2019 will linger for the rest of our lives. But life must go on and we m


Social media could be our egregious enemy, sometimes

Friday, 26 April 2019

One of the first moves the Government considered after the 21 April tragic events of coordinated Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa was a temporary block of social media. There was no debate about requisi


Terrorism, violence, and incompetent political leadership

Friday, 26 April 2019

Incompetent people, the researchers found, are not only poor performers, they are also unable to accurately assess and recognise the quality of their own work. These low performers are also unable to recognise the skill and competence levels of other


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