Special Report

Sri Lanka Prosperity Index 2017 shows progress from preceding year

Views - 4 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Prosperity Index (SLPI) increased to 0.771 in 2017 from the 0.661 recorded in 2016, mainly due to improvements in the Economy and Business Climate and Socio-Economic Infrastructure sub-indices. The Economy and Business Climate sub-inde


Sri Lanka hosts international seminar: ‘BRI at Five Years – Regional and Global Dimensions’

Views - 227 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:36

An international seminar under the theme of ‘BRI at Five Years – Regional and Global Dimensions’ jointly organised by the Chinese Embassy and the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (BCIS) was successfully held in Colombo on 16 Novemb


Cyber security experts on paradigm shift and challenges in digital forensics

Views - 879 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

By Hiyal Biyagamage In one of its blog posts, Cellebrite, the global leader in the digital intelligence market, states that between 1 January and 14 June this year, there were 3,056 fatalities and 584 attacks. By the end of 2018, terrorists will have


CSE-SEC Investor Forum in UK, Scotland a success

Views - 289 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

The Colombo Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission successfully concluded the Invest Sri Lanka Forums in London, UK and Edinburgh, Scotland recently. Separately presentations were made to Sri Lankan diaspora in London as well, host


Sri Lanka Banking Sector: Status quo as of June 2018

Views - 1752 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:15

KPMG Sri Lanka has come out with its second report on the country’s banking sector incorporating the performance up to June 2018. This is a follow up to the first report which captured performance and challenges up to March 2018. KPMG Partner and


Taking accountancy into the digital age

Views - 579 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 09:52

An accountant is one of the main players in any business, be it at a large corporation or a small to medium enterprise. While in the past this role has seen them primarily involved in the monitoring and recording of transactions through an organisati


Top woman professionals and entrepreneurs speak up ahead of 2019 Budget

Views - 1144 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:20

In a first-of-its-kind forum, 26 top female professionals were given the opportunity to voice their opinion on a multitude of issues confronting them and the economy and shared their ideas and recommendations for the Government to consider ahead of n


SLCJF celebrates 69th Anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China

Views - 182 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), along with the China Merchant Port (CMPort) which invested in the Hambantota Port, are looking at going at the third phase of the Hambantota port develop


Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association’s meet in Colombo

Views - 278 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

The Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association’s (APRACA) Regional Policy Forum kicked off its 70th Executive Committee Meeting (EXCOM) and 21st General Assembly at Hilton Colombo yesterday. The forum, titled ‘Financing Micro, Small


‘Cormorant Strike IX – 2018’ showcases military might of SL’s tri-forces

Views - 205 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda The peaceful fishing village of Kuchchaveli was shaken when the Zulu air force and special operations forces attacked the well-fortified ‘Folean’ enemy base at the Kuchchaveli beach front in Trincomalee. The deafening sounds


BoC bags prime spot at LankaPay Technnovations Awards 2018

Views - 428 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva State-run Bank of Ceylon (BoC) bagged the pinnacle of ‘Excellence in Interbank Payments’, winning the Gold as the Overall Winner at the LankaPay Technnovations Awards 2018 organised by LankaClear Ltd., held last Friday to ap


CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit zooms in on leadership, disruption and unlocking opportunities

Views - 254 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

Several business leaders and professionals shared key insights on leadership, disruption of business models and unlocking opportunities for Sri Lanka at the CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit 2018, which was held on 28 and 29 August at the Shangri-La Ho


Businesses need to adopt digital initiatives

Views - 279 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

The Chief Guest Honourable Dr. Sarath Amunugama, the Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage, Guest of Honour Honourable Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister of Finance and Mass Media,


Proactive approach in a changing landscape

Views - 322 Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00

The Chief Guest Honourable Sarath Amunugama Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training, Guest of Honour Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister of Finance, Steven Swientozielskyj, CIMA Global President, Keyn


‘Little Lives’ changes lives!

Views - 451 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Babies often take us by surprise. Sometimes, they do it by coming into the world too soon, not quite ready to breathe on their own. All these babies deserve the best fighting chance for survival and no parent should have to hear the heart-breaking wo


30 years of APB

Views - 31 Wednesday, 19 September 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. Since that historical day in the ann


Bankers Evening Forum on ‘Blockchain & Cryptocurrency’

Views - 257 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

The third Bankers Evening Forum of the Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka (APB Sri Lanka) was held on Tuesday 14 August at the BOC Head Office Auditorium. APB Sri Lanka held this Forum in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Forex Associat


APB to hold 30th anniversary convention

Views - 60 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Congruence means in general; harmony, compatibility, consistency, conformity, balance, consensus, unanimity and also congruence is the mathematical concept of absolute equality. Policy congruence in individual countries within a region will faci


APB Sri Lanka recognises 3 long-standing members elevated to office of CEO

Views - 168 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Following a tradition, Association of Professional Bankers Sri Lanka recently felicitated three of its members that were appointed as Chief Executive Officers. At a gala event held at the Kingsbury Hotel on 2 August, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC Man


Fast-tracking Sri Lanka’s growth

Views - 382 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The length and breadth of Sri Lanka’s economy, including macroeconomic challenges, a strained global environment, crucial structural reforms, attracting foreign investments, and increasing productivity, were discussed in-depth


Experts implore Government to prioritise water security

Views - 310 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Natural resources, such as water, are under extreme pressure in contemporary times. As the effects of global warming and climate variability become more evident, water takes centre stage as an unfolding global crisis. Increasingly, we hear of cities


Disruption is a small organisation overtaking incumbents

Views - 74 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Any technology has the potential to be disruptive, when it is used creatively to narrow the gap between a fresh product or service and an established business, which motivates customers to move to the disruptors’ products. N-Able Managing Direct


Customer-centric technology crucial for growth

Views - 82 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Despite the rapid advance of technology, customers remain at the centre of companies, driving innovation by demanding to have their needs met, a top expert said, insisting that businesses need to remain engaged with their consumers. Giving the key


Defining disruption for growth

Views - 214 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Professionals will not fear technology if companies work to proactively reskill employees, thereby giving them the opportunity to increase productivity through greater interpretation and communication of their roles within respect


Confluence 2018 sheds insights into ‘Digital Transformation: Making Banking Invisible’

Views - 177 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The CIO Confluence 2018 titled ‘Digital Transformation: Making Banking Invisible’ concluded on a high note, with experts sharing insights on reinventing the customer journey, leveraging the power of data, redefining operati


Colombo Defence Seminar 2018: Security in an era of global disruptions

Views - 148 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda No country will be able to survive without national security intact and the absence of security would definitely push the entire population into a state of horror and anarchy, President Maithripala Sirisena said at the Colombo D


MJF Centre for Dignified Empowerment and Sustainable Development inaugurated in Kalkudah

Views - 323 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:15

Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando was joined by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his sons Dilhan and Malik in inaugurating the 23 acre centre for empowerment, inspiration, community development and climate change in Kalkudah. The facility ha


From impoverished to empowered: Sri Lankan women adopt modern biomass technologies

Views - 227 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

By Sampath Ranasinghe In developing countries some 2.5 billion people are forced to rely on biomass—fuelwood, charcoal and animal dung—to meet their energy needs. These people are energy poor, in that they have an absence of choice in the energy


International Conference on Compliance Trends for Financial Institutions 2018 & Beyond

Views - 564 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA) held its second annual conference ‘The International Conference on Compliance Trends for Financial Institutions 2018 & Beyond’ on 12 July, at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. More than 120 c


Top women entrepreneurs share insights into empowering women for next wave of growth

Views - 556 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

With a view to enhance the participation of women entrepreneurs in business and particularly in the exports sector, the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) recently held a forum titled ‘Women to the Fore in Exports’ to e


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Greening China and BRI: Chinese legal framework for sustainable environment protection

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The concept and scope of greening the belt and road The Greening BRI is to add the ‘greening’ notion along with the ‘BRI’. Building a ‘Greening BRI’ means adhering to the concept of green development, balanced development, harmony betwee


Political evil paralysing Parliament

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Our politics has arrived at a point when we must insist on recognising the niceties of human nastiness. Organised horror in Parliament is either trivialised or ignored by most of mainstream media print and electronic. What unfolded in Parliament las


10 theses on Sri Lanka’s existential crisis: Roots, dynamics, dimensions

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

1.The crisis has deep national, social and psychological roots. Our island contains two consciousnesses or two types of consciousness, two competing states of mind. Contrary to myth, the periphery of our island has the longest uninterrupted colonial


Make toilets and safe sanitation services accessible to all

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

All people everywhere should have access to safe sanitation services, including hygienic toilets that are connected to quality sewage systems. For many people across the WHO South-East Asia Region, as across the world, access to these services never


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