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Sri Lanka to play key role in defusing tension in Indian Ocean: PM

Views - 209 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

As the political interplay in the Indian Ocean intensifies, Sri Lanka has an important role to play in providing the space for discussions and consensus building, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, speaking at the Bandaranaike International Di


Empowering the future generation with cyber security insights

Views - 319 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

In an effort to facilitate the growing need for cyber security specialists in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Integrated Communication


IBM’s Summit becomes world’s fastest supercomputer beating China’s Sunway TaihuLight

Views - 211 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

IBM’s supercomputer Summit overtook China’s Sunway TaihuLight to become the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to a biannual ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, or the Top500, published Monday. Summit, recently unveiled a


Tech giants tap into AI health care market

Views - 202 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

Before 2017, gastroenterologist Cheng Chunsheng had to inspect over 1,000 gastroscopy pictures to search for possible oesophageal cancer symptoms, a cancer which appears in the food pipe. However, this painstaking process is no longer needed since th


China’s economic confidence stays strong

Views - 181 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

With growth resilient and progress made in the pursuit of high-quality development, economic confidence remains positive in China. In the second quarter, business confidence among Chinese entrepreneurs continued to improve, according to a central ban


Private sector call to action ‘Tourism Workforce Competitiveness Roadmap 2018-2023’ debuts

Views - 300 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

Leading the effort towards youth employment, the Private Sector Tourism Skills Committee (TSC) last week embarked


How China got Sri Lanka to cough up a port

Views - 1060 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

By Maria Abi-Habib The New York Times: Every time Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes. Yes, though feasibility studies said the port woul


Local biz should not fear competition

Views - 261 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

By Uditha Jayasinghe Sri Lanka’s private sector has a stronger role to play in increasing competitiveness, improving corporate governance and supporting the Government to implement economic structural reforms, a top official said this week. Bri


Malik calls on investors to take advantage of SL growth story

Views - 311 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Following is the address delivered by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama at the Ceylon Chamber’s Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2018, at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand on 19 June


Mangala outlines way forward for economy

Views - 394 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Following is the address delivered by Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2018, held at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand on 19 June


Boosting Sri Lanka-China trade and investment

Views - 457 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

In a fresh bid to enhance exports to China and attract investment, industry professionals gathered for a discussion last week


Sri Lanka can seize ASEAN as next big opportunity

Views - 637 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

With Sri Lanka pursuing an aggressive trade liberalisation and greater facilitation strategy to diversify exports to lure more foreign direct investments (FDIs), key insights from global and local experts came under the spotlight at the ‘ASEAN: Sri


Do we need gender quotas? Problem or solution?

Views - 532 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka we take pride in our women. Girls are educated on par with boys. Women are welcome in most careers and the pathway up in terms of promotions and achievements is open. Women dominate our professions, academia, and the Judiciary. Over the


Sri Lanka’s medium-term outlook in JKH’s view

Views - 243 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The World Bank projects global growth to edge up to 3.1% in 2018, aided by a rebound in manufacturing, investment and trade, against the backdrop of benign financing conditions, generally accommodative policies, improved confidence, and the dissipati


JKH gears for next wave of growth via new 5-year strategy

Views - 2423 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

Premier blue chip John Keells Holdings Plc (JKH) which posted its best-ever results in FY18 is bracing for next wave of growth following the completion of a new five-year strategy. During FY18, in liaison with international industry experts, where ap


TEDx Kandy, realising Sri Lanka’s untapped potential

Views - 783 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The recently concluded second edition of TEDx Kandy was held at the historic Queen’s Hotel, in Kandy on 26 May. The event attracted a diverse audience; from university students to leading businessmen, from activists to seasoned political figures, f


Sri Lanka Sustainable Banking Initiative

Views - 150 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Financial institutions around the globe are taking proactive steps to address Environmental and Social (E&S) risks within their business operations.


30 years of APB 

Views - 81 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

A few pioneering, foresighted bankers laid the foundation as sponsors and founder members of the Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka (APB) and held its inaugural meeting in Colombo on 20 July 1988.


Bankers Evening Forum

Views - 202 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

The Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka (APB) held a Bankers Evening Forum on Thursday, 17 May.


Association of Professional Bankers Sri Lanka Office Bearers – 2018/2019

Views - 282 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka (APBSL) at its 29th Annual General Meeting held on 21 March, elected its new Council for the year 2018/2019.


Lankan talent of IFS take centre stage at Atlanta

Views - 683 Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:00

At the 2018 World Conference in Atlanta attended by around 1,500 of IFS customers and partners, Sri Lanka’s talent was on centre stage. Almost all keynotes figured qualified Sri Lankans whilst several Lankan experts were part of resources for knowl


Sri Lanka an innovation hub for IFS

Views - 524 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

IFS Managing Director Middle East, Africa and South Asia Luis Ortega says Sri Lanka as an innovation hub is fundamental for the success of the leading Sweden-based global enterprise applications company. In an interview with the Daily FT on the sidel


SL a key part of our global success; more expansion in the offing: IFS CEO

Views - 673 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

By Nisthar Cassim IFS, a leading global enterprise applications company, is committed to further expand investments in Sri Lanka, which plays a critical role in its growing international success.


China committed to a new era of cooperation with Sri Lanka

Views - 286 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan pledges support to jointly build the Belt and Road with Sri Lanka, thereby boost mutually-beneficial socio-economic development Following is the keynote delivered by Ambassador of China Cheng Xueyuan yesterday at a sym


Undergrads did it ‘their way’: Unique joint New Year celebrations in Jaffna

Views - 408 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Yal-Payanam (Journey to Jaffna) was meant to promote national unity and reconciliation


Jim Bagnola shares mantra for transformative leadership

Views - 296 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka’s first integrated entrepreneurship platform, Venture Frontier Lanka, in association with the Daily FT and Ovibees Ventures, recently held a CEO’s Breakfast Forum on ‘Transforming Sri Lanka with private sector leadership and entrepren


Startup boot camps inspire young entrepreneurs in Jaffna

Views - 399 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s supply of entrepreneurs is relatively short, and it’s only hindering the economic growth of the country.


Private sector take on ‘Transforming Sri Lanka with entrepreneurship’

Views - 159 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Several private sector leaders present at the Venture Frontier Lanka-Daily FT forum, ‘Transforming Sri Lanka with private sector leadership and entrepreneurship’, shared their own insights on how important entrepreneurship was for Sri Lanka and w


Softlogic partners with global pioneer JP-IK to boost ICT education in Sri Lanka

Views - 81 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Softlogic Information Technologies Ltd., one of the country’s leading software and hardware solutions providers and a subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC, has partnered with JP-IK, a global pioneer in ICT-based education, to create, integrate and


Digital screens boost learning among rural school children

Views - 134 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Pix and text by Shanika Sriyananda The interactive board which has replaced the aged-old blackboard in the class has made the science subject for Grade 11-D students of Taxila Central College, Horana, more interesting. Clear pictures related to the


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No other country can better understand the preciousness of free trade than SL

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also the 17th anniversary of China’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, China acceded to the WTO, which marked a new historic stage of reform and


Development of national housing and Employees’ Provident Fund

Thursday, 19 July 2018

‘Singapore’ has become a buzzword in the media circles today. Media speak is centred round many issues. Extradition of the fugitive Central Bank Governor appointed to the post on a recommendation by our PM, now missing and reportedly taken refuge


Sri Lanka stepping up its pursuit of trade-led growth

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

“We were a trading nation since the era of ancient kings,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reminded Parliament


To hang or not to hang!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena dropped a bombshell out of the blues last week, sans all ‘maître’ (loving-kindness) when he launched a coup de main on drug offenders. He threatened to use his powers to place his signature to execute the death sen


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