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Why keep hurting brand Sri Lanka?

Views - 1848 Tuesday, 7 October 2014 01:32

The corporate sector of Sri Lanka was shocked at the unfolding events at the New York ‘private party’ that emerged initially via digital media and was then absolutely mismanaged at the weekly press briefing of the Government and subsequent declar


Turn East, further link West

Views - 1470 Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:01

Last week the world saw the launch of the ‘Make India’ campaign by Indian Premier Narendra Modi, branded ‘Turn East – Link West,’ which was an interesting idea given that a new vision was required for brand India with the fast-earning reput


Chinese secret agenda?

Views - 2862 Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:01

27 agreements signed between Sri Lanka and China in 2014 The recent visit by the Chinese President that chalked up $ 4 billion on projects was interesting, but a point to note is that the investment in India by the Chinese that was signed post


What happened to Sri Lanka?

Views - 4349 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

Being actively involved in the growth agenda of Sri Lanka in the private and public sector at policy and operational level, I was quite disappointed and surprised on the recent ranking of Sri Lanka in the World Competitiveness Index released by the W


Jaffna as a production city

Views - 1889 Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

The challenge – 2008 My mind goes back to the year 2008 when I met the Security Forces Commander Major Chandrasiri in the Pallaly Army Camp under very heavy security given that the war was at its height and on a daily basis there were incidents.


Building ‘Brand Sri Lanka’ over and over again

Views - 2163 Tuesday, 2 September 2014 03:03

Last week we saw some key events unfolding in Sri Lanka, the first being the announcement officially that Sri Lanka is engaging a global PR agency to give a balanced picture of Sri Lanka in the US market and the other being the staging of Miss China


Sri Lanka must not be blind to global realities

Views - 1250 Tuesday, 26 August 2014 01:00

What is being blind? The other day I was sharing with a close friend on how a group of us used to teach English at the School for the Deaf and Blind in Ratmalana and one day, a kid asked: “If God has created us equal, why are we blind?” I did no


SL’s SMEs must have a single line ministry

Views - 1843 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:27

Rotary Club insight I was at a Rotary Club forum last week on the importance of value chain development rather than just having a multitude of projects, and some interesting information was shared. This organisation that focuses on SMEs – in terms


UDA: Performance culture driving strategy

Views - 1422 Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:01

                  Last week I was invited to take a session on ‘Marketing and Finance Implications in Urban Development’ for the top brass of the pivotal State organisati


Tea exports up 16.4%; quasi tea hub?

Views - 2806 Tuesday, 5 August 2014 00:00

At the 35th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, my mind wandered to the key sectors that Sri Lanka has been operating in the last 35 and their health. Apparel which started its business way back in 1974 is today a five


Indian FTA and next steps

Views - 1128 Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:01

In the recent past there have been many discussions on the proposed FTA with China. If one analyses the trade between India and Sri Lanka post the Indo-Lanka FTA even now after 12 years, the reality is that almost 75% of the imports from India happen


Duplicity of the world: SL has faced many MH17s!

Views - 1409 Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:01

Duplicity of the world Many of us may have been privy to the global backlash on the downing of the MH17 by Ukrainian rebels. It was a lead story in every single news channel. All world leaders were expressing their outcry. When I was watching the s


Gampaha, Jaffna: Poverty same!

Views - 1962 Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:01

Every Sunday I spend two hours of my time to write a key thought for Sri Lanka that might be of benefit to different stakeholders. A key happening last weekend was the opening of Arcade Independence Square. In my view it was one of the most beautiful


Tea: Link producers with exporters?

Views - 2135 Tuesday, 8 July 2014 00:41

The Ministry of Finance and Planning Annual Report of 2013 states that Sri Lanka’s tea industry generates over $ 1.5 billion in revenue to Sri Lanka, whilst provides almost a million jobs to the economy. Though privatised business of the industry


What happened in Monaragala?

Views - 2702 Tuesday, 1 July 2014 00:00

Whilst the overall growth of the country is commendable, reaching 7.5% in the last four years and overall poverty being reported at 6.7%, I was quite surprised to see the performance of Monaragala District, where the poverty level has increased to 20


Why take the shine off Sri Lanka?

Views - 1600 Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:01

A person who has one of the best insights into Sri Lanka’s economy in my view in Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, not only due to his experience but also his power of conceptualisation and understanding of the issues of the micro economy. The other day I was


Tennis lessons for the Sri Lankan economy

Views - 1531 Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:16

With the French trade organisation Coface predicting Sri Lanka to be the second best performing economic growth country in Asia next to China, I was wondering ‘what next for Sri Lanka?’ In this backdrop, I was watching the French Open Championsh


IPL, Modi and Sri Lanka

Views - 5008 Tuesday, 3 June 2014 01:15

It’s strange but India was at the centre of attention last week on many media channels with the appointment of Narendra Modi after a blistering marketing campaign that garnered him 62% of the seats at the elections of the largest democracy whilst I


Lifeline for SAARC by Modi?

Views - 1619 Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:14

If one analyses Modi’s management style, he likes taking daring decisions, which is what he did last week, commanding 339 seats in the Indian Parliament, that makes him one of the most powerful Indians and may be one of the top leaders who will sha


Modi lessons for SL marketers

Views - 1757 Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00

Whenever it is election time, be it in Sri Lanka or overseas, I block my time to monitor the key strategies that are being used and the opinion poll movements as it is good learning for modern day brand marketers; the logic being, the best cutting-ed


SL defies UN resolution with record exports performance

Views - 1765 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:01

Even with all the issues that Geneva has brought on to the country, the World Bank and ADB have forecasted an economic growth of around 7.5% for 2014 and 2015 whilst Coface had ranked Sri Lanka as a top growth economy globally last month. In this ba


Should Sri Lanka stage the Asian Youth Games 2017?

Views - 1510 Tuesday, 6 May 2014 00:18

I was surprised to read in yesterday’s media that Sri Lanka is in danger of losing the rights of hosting the Asian Youth Games 2017. If we track back around two years back, Sri Lanka convinced the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) that Sri Lanka wishe


Googling Sri Lanka today

Views - 6220 Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:00

Given that Sri Lanka is a country that has an overdose of communication over 25 TV stations and 55 radio channels, I thought of Googling to see what the world gets exposed to. There were some interesting pieces of data. The British tourist who sport


War crimes and nation branding: Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 2747 Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:16

Last week I was invited to talk on the recent Annual Report that was launched by the Central Bank. The fact of the matter was that from 1950 to around 2006 Sri Lanka experienced only an average 4% GDP growth, however in the last four years Sri Lanka


Rebuilding brand Sri Lanka

Views - 2868 Tuesday, 8 April 2014 00:01

Last Saturday’s papers reported that foreign selling of stocks had reached four billion dollars as at last week; the take out to me was that the brand Sri Lanka was losing its shine post the UN resolution on Sri Lanka. But the good news from a bra


Can time be actually managed?

Views - 1209 Tuesday, 1 April 2014 01:00

It is very unfortunate that the UNHCR resolution and the subsequent activities that the media has been reporting will definitely have an impact to the overall competitiveness of the country. A point that the world forgets to note is that Sri Lanka l


Cost of terrorism on a country

Views - 2161 Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka has lost Rs. 3,000 b due to terrorism directly 24-year of terrorism has cost the country over $ 200 b The catch-22 situation that Sri Lanka is up against in Geneva is very sad for me personally given that I was part of the larger t


How powerful brands can support Sri Lanka

Views - 2760 Tuesday, 18 March 2014 01:01

On Sunday, Sri Lanka saw a new chapter unfolding with Femina Miss India staging a part of the pageant in Sri Lanka presented by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts that received attention the world over, triggering a positive buzz about Sri Lanka. My mind w


Executive health and wealth creation in companies

Views - 2146 Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:22

87% of SL senior managers are overweight, diabetic prone or having high blood pressure A 5-day work-out a week can increase your productivity at work Better health leads to better decision making Given the challenges that organisations hav


Power of branding in the poultry business

Views - 5659 Tuesday, 4 March 2014 00:01

The industry Ceylon Grain Elevators (CGE) PLC is a company of Prima Group of Companies. Through subsidiary companies, CGE has diversified from this core activity into commercial farms, poultry processing and retailing of poultry products, import and


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