Rohantha Athukorala

Where do we go from here?

/ Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:05

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted that the UN failed with Sri Lanka during the final stages of the war    ...


Is Trump a marketer?

/ Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:01

Donald Trump’s promise – ‘Making America Great again’ with new thinking   The US elections al...


Dealing with Sri Lanka’s true issues

/ Tuesday, 6 September 2016 00:01

The recent visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sure motivated the country. He said: “This is my first visit to Sri Lanka since 2009, wh...


Going back to the basics: SMEs need a single line ministry

/ Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:02

Let’s accept it - we are facing challenging times politically and economically. While some can blame the past, the fact of the matter is that...


Lessons from the 2016 Olympics for Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:02

However tight our schedules, there were some of us who allocated time to watch the Olympics. To be honest, I was obsessed. Not by the Olympic medal...


The ‘restage’ of Brand Sri Lanka Cricket

/ Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:01

The other day I was talking to the Treasury Secretary at the Ministry of Finance who was a board member of the Export Development Board when I was ...


Did Brazil benchmark China on staging the Olympic Games?

/ Tuesday, 9 August 2016 00:01

Lesson for Sri Lanka The Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs) always highlights that every city that has host...


Is Sri Lanka hurting its global brand identity?

/ Tuesday, 2 August 2016 00:05

Believe it or not, the estimated brand value of $ 100 billion plus is said to beat the GDP value of Sri Lanka in 2016, given the strong democratic ...


Kilinochchi: The forgotten city of today!

/ Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:01

I still remember travelling in an armed car on route to Kilinochchi and then taking an Air Force chopper that hugged a railway track to avoid snipe...


Clear national strategy results in strong brands

/ Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

Whilst we have heard a lot of rhetoric about Sri Lanka becoming the ‘Tiger’ nation of South Asia in the last couple of years, ...


Focus on the East but strengthen the West 

/ Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

Whilst there are many thoughts shared on the UK quitting the EU and its implications, one thought shared was to focus on agreements like the Trans ...


Should Sri Lanka Tourism be ready for ISIS?

/ Tuesday, 5 July 2016 00:01

Whilst many keep saying that the hot spot for the turnaround of Sri Lanka’s economy is IT and the tourism industries, globally we see the sho...


The importance of building brand Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:02

BREXIT costs $ 2.1 trillion SL exports to UK, $ 1 billion When Britain went to vote on the referendum, little did the world...


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...


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  The entire shipping industry witnessed the long-awaited turn in business environment with last week’s news that Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean shipping giant which is considered as the seventh largest container carrier in th...


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  Talent is in high demand both locally and globally. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ spreading the word. We have witnessed the dire consequences of not having the right talent in the right p...


People’s representatives as a workforce in power

23 September 2016

Awake, O sleepers, the time to do some real work has come! Admit it. The headline floored you. There you were on a Friday morning muttering “TGIF!” loudly and fervently if you’re the boss… or furtively und...


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