Rohantha Athukorala

Sri Lankan housewife further challenged

/ Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

    Whilst Sri Lanka at the macro end is grappling to pay the $ 15 billion debt in the next four years, private sector an...


Brand Trump faltering; lessons for Sri Lanka

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:18

In a typical marketing situation when a brand loses its appeal in the target market, a deep dive is done and there after the brand is re-launched a...


SL heading for tough times; exports drop 2.8%, FMCG growth halved

/ Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00

The other day when the Prime Minister mentioned that Sri Lanka needs to honour debt payments to the value of $ 15 billion during the next four year...


7 things Sri Lankan consumers say

/ Wednesday, 8 March 2017 00:00

Whilst the world is experiencing volatility fuelled by the drastic decisions taken by US President Donald Trump, Sri Lanka is grappling with fiscal...


Philippine lessons for Sri Lanka tourism and economy

/ Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:00

  There has been a continuous debate on evaluating the impact of tourism on a country’s economy. Sri Lanka in particula...


Is Trump destroying $ 19.7 t brand USA?

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Tourism and exports are key pillars in the US, being a 19.7 trillion dollar brand. Seen here are US President Donald Trump and his former ...


What have we done to ‘Brand Sri Lanka’?

/ Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

  Sri Lanka as a brand is valued at $ 80 billion and is poised to be $ 100 billion in 2017     Last ...


Corporate Sri Lanka needs to be emotionally wealthy

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

 Emotional maturity needs conscious training with self-evaluation        Rough 2017 Sri ...


What happened to the most powerful brand in 2016?

/ Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

    In my view one of the most talked about events of 2016 was the US Presidential Elections. The market share of the two...


Sri Lanka heading for an agricultural issue in 2017?

/ Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:00

A labour force of almost 2.6 million serves the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka      2016 performa...


Brilliant companies are brilliant at the basics

/ Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:02

Top research company AC Nielsen last week announced that the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) had picked up from a downward trend. But challenges to...


Trump’s marketing strategist

/ Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:02

  Every time the world turns to elections I personally take the learning mode, given that the best techniques in marketing comes into ...


Tea: where do we go from here?

/ Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:02

The recent Budget proposal that the ownership of tea would be restricted to 5,000 acres sure surprised the privatised tea industry of Sri Lanka. Th...


Will Budget 2017 achieve inclusive growth?

/ Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:01

  The Sri Lanka Budget 2017 has come into play at a time when the world is being challenged with the appointment of a new President in...


Sri Lanka worth $ 74 billion but impact of CBSL Bond scandal?

/ Tuesday, 1 November 2016 00:10

In the recent Brand Finance release on the value of a nation, Sri Lanka registered a 74 billion dollar value at a commanding growth of 9% as at the...


Reforms drive up country brand value 

/ Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:10

Pakistan grows by 38% to $ 128 b in 2016 Sri Lanka grows by 9% to $ 74 b Latest research reveal...


Supplies the key issue for Sri Lanka exports

/ Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:02

Sri Lanka’s handloom industry has carved out a niche in the global market      As a former Chairman of...


Sri Lanka must get aggressive internally!

/ Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:38

The other day when I heard that Sri Lanka will not attend the SAARC summit in Pakistan given the issues related to security, the first thought that...


Tea new business model - backdrop of a debt Crisis

/ Tuesday, 4 October 2016 00:00

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in a serious debt crisis. We owe a staggering Rs. 9.5 trillion and the current Government is facing an uphill t...


STP In action: Philippines tourism

/ Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:04

Given the celebration of tourism week, it is interesting to study the different practices of countries in driving tourism strategy. One case study ...


Today's Columnists

Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Whence, where and whither

28 March 2017

“Gotabaya can build a new urbanised technocratic civilisation which is the 21st century equivalent of the magnificent civilisations that this island once built; civilisations that put us ahead of the rest of South Asia, until the Tamil invad...


Sri Lankan housewife further challenged

28 March 2017

    Whilst Sri Lanka at the macro end is grappling to pay the $ 15 billion debt in the next four years, private sector and civil society is pressuring the Government to bring in structured reforms and stronger governance ...


Education is not a commodity: but it is and it should be negotiable

27 March 2017

Students claim that education is not a commodity ‘Education is not a commodity’ has been a popular view almost universally held by Sri Lanka’s student community in higher learning institutions. For them, it is non...


High-tech Panama Canal, a threat to Asia-Europe trade

27 March 2017

High-tech Panama Canal, a threat to Asia-Europe trade The Panama Canal Authority is developing a computerised scheduling and resource management system that it said will help double the number of big ships that can travel through the canal...


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