Rohantha Athukorala

Focussing on the US presidential election

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

The adage ‘money talks’ holds true in the 2016 campaign too with the estimated turnover to be almost 10 billion dollars by the end of t...


Project Management style in times of uncertainty

/ Tuesday, 14 June 2016 00:05

On a sample of 269 companies the report that Q1 2016 delivered 16% growth at 61 billion was a performance for which Sri Lanka’s private secto...


IPL 2016 and lessons for the Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 7 June 2016 00:02

Over time it has been proved that sports has been a great teacher for business due to the similarity of the behavioural dynamics. Given my exposure...


Invest in Sri Lanka needs a step change in strategy

/ Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:02

In the backdrop of the financial crisis, when the dreaded flood hit Sri Lanka, my mind went back to the time of 2007/08 when the war was ranging at...


Is the Indian FTA really working?

/ Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:02

There is much debate on if the current FTAs are really working and what we need to do before moving to ETCA. The fact of the matter is that even af...


Why MPs keep hurting brand Sri Lanka?

/ Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:02

When the country voted for change on 8 January 2015, the expectation was that Sri Lanka would see radical changes to the developmental agenda of th...


Stock market picks up but let’s focus on agriculture and business confidence

/ Wednesday, 4 May 2016 00:00

    In the recent weeks we saw how the stock market has begun to pick up given the $ 1.5 billion IMF announcement towards...


USA becomes top nation brand – lessons for Sri Lanka 

/ Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:01

EU lifting ban on SL fish will generate 16 b Nation brand building intrigues me given that Sri Lanka is building bridges once again an...


What’s happened to Sri Lanka?

/ Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:10

Yesterday’s Daily FT reported that Sri Lanka is negotiating for a IMF facility of $ 1-2 billion whilst over the weekend the papers reported t...


73% of the economy needs greater visibility

/ Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:05

SMEs, which accounts for over 73% of the economy, are intriguing given that all we see in the papers are large companies and multinationals. This m...


Maldives lessons for Sri Lanka Tourism: 4 plans in 35 years

/ Tuesday, 5 April 2016 00:01

Whilst many of us are proud of the performance of the tourism sector of Sri Lanka with arrivals crossing two million visitors and foreign exchange ...


Private sector must focus on Vavuniya

/ Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:00

The other day we celebrated ‘Consumer Day’ in Vavuniya. I realised that many private sector companies were amazed at the sales of their...


Barak Obama guards $ 19.7-trillion Brand USA; offers lessons for Sri Lanka

/ Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00

  In an unprecedented move last week, the world saw US President Barak Obama comment on the ongoing competitive US elections...


Sri Lanka must focus on Baby Boomers just like Millennials

/ Tuesday, 15 March 2016 00:01

Today is World Consumer Rights Day Sri Lankan consumers are challenged due to the changing policy decisions and pressure on the consumer pu...


Successful trade agreements take 3-5 years to launch

/ Wednesday, 9 March 2016 00:00

The buzz word in today’s media is the proposed agreement between Sri Lanka and India called ETCA. Just like any other innovation that policym...


SL must go back to basics: STP approach to marketing

/ Tuesday, 1 March 2016 00:02

Case in point: Thailand Tourism  The new ethos of business is that by monitoring best practice in the market we can sharpe...


SL must give leadership to SAARC post ETCA

/ Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

 The academia and private sector must support the Prime Minister’s bold decision to sign the Indo-Lanka Economic and Technical Cooperati...


Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for tourism in SL

/ Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:06

Davos analysis positive In the backdrop of a looming global recession brewing from China, Sri Lanka Tourism has set a target of bein...


Marketing a political candidate: Is it right?

/ Tuesday, 9 February 2016 00:10

Given my passion for the discipline of marketing, I have experienced that watching closely how a political candidate is marketed is the best way to...


Sri Lanka must target $ 50 b in exports with TPP agreement

/ Tuesday, 2 February 2016 00:01

Way back in 2005 when Sri Lanka export revenue crossed the $ 6 billion mark, many of us were elated with the performance but little did we know tha...


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Transforming next-gen leaders

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  It is evident that conventional leadership development practices are no longer adequate. Organisations globally need to incorporate the next generation leadership competencies in order to address the development needs of th...


“Thondaman is a threat to my life”: Digambaran

24 June 2016

“Arumugam Thondaman objected to the former President offering me a ministerial portfolio. Now that we are in power, I will not allow him becoming a cabinet minister in our Government,” declared Minister of Upcountry New Housing Infrast...


National Govt.: Does it require more time to achieve its utility?

24 June 2016

Theory of a coups d’état In the wee hours of 9 January 2015, an interesting incident was reported in mass media. It was the sighting of the former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris at the palace giving possibly legal advice or perhaps advi...


Our FDI effort needs a makeover

24 June 2016

 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at a press conference in Davos     Today for Sri Lanka to attract investment, we all know we need good institutions favouring economic freedom and the ease of doi...


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