Rohantha Athukorala

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 ...


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...


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Yahapalanaya lapses – Is Mahinda the option for Muslims?

21 January 2017

Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer along with a few other Muslim Mahinda diehards claim that Yahapalanaya under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W...


First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

21 January 2017

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 January 1947. The Chief Guest was D.S. Senanayake, Minister of Agriculture and Lands under the State C...


What we need to do to ensure the FTAs don’t go begging

20 January 2017

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that Sri Lanka would soon have access to four major markets at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He requested that local and international investors start ventures in ...


Fact checking politicians and pundits

20 January 2017

    The ascendance of the master of “truthful hyperbole” to the US presidency has focused attention on the need for fact checking. The practice of persons in authority uttering falsehoods in public is nothing ...


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