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Experts make case for why branding is essential for biz success

Views - 293 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Experts believe that rapidly-expanding business dynamics call for crucial restructuring of corporate branding strategy and insisted that brands in the new millennium will need to be responsible and responsive to consumers and other stakeholders.

BOI celebrates 40 years of excellence with tribute to JR, investors and workers

Views - 194 Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

The BOI celebrated the advent of its 40th year on Friday with a high-energy, colourful event that paid tribute to the country’s investors and employees.

China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

Views - 376 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka has grown significantly in the last five years but it continues to remain low as a share of GDP and in comparison to other countries in the region.

After roads and railways, China’s Silk Road dealmakers eye financial firms

Views - 115 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): After ports and industrial parks, the dealmakers leading China’s trillion-dollar push to build a modern Silk Road are turning to the financial sector, targeting Europe’s banks, insurers and asset managers to tap funds and exp

China to blacklist firms violating overseas investment rules

Views - 67 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): China will blacklist entities which violate tougher new rules about investing overseas, part of a wider crackdown on risky investments outside China’s borders, the state-run China Daily newspaper said on Thursday, citing a senio

Young leaders show the way for 2018 Budget

Views - 1044 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Representatives of key industries yesterday presented their main proposals for consideration at the 2018 pre- Budget forum organised by the Daily FT and the Colombo University MBA Alumni Association with Standard Chartered Bank as the Strategic Partn

New Inland Revenue Act: What it is and new amendments

Views - 1520 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

A new income tax law, to be effective from 1 April 2018, was passed in Parliament last week. KPMG has published a Tax Alert based on the Bill and Committee Stage amendments made available. Revisions from the original Bill (tabled in June) have been h

First-ever Lankan President of International Toastmasters Balraj calls for “people first”

Views - 317 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

It is with utmost humility and resolve that I accept the trust you have placed in me as your International President.

Overcoming the conventional stumbling blocks to global success

Views - 544 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

The field of software, which is currently “eating the world”, is the great equaliser in terms of affording tech entrepreneurs the chance to reach global success in spite of the country they operate from, stated WSO2 Founder, CEO and Chief Archite

How long are we going to be silent?

Views - 211 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Helidarawwa (The Exposure), a book written by Dr. Nalaka Godahewa discussing the current social, economical and political environment of the country, was launched on 1 September at the Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Auditorium under the patronage of former P

Unilever and UNGC partner to mobilise collective action in Sri Lanka

Views - 207 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Unilever Sri Lanka together with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Sri Lanka hosted a discussion on public-private sector partnerships to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Hilton, Colombo, recently.

Sri Lanka seeks an inclusive peaceful, stable, and secure Indian Ocean, calls for a Code of Conduct

Views - 31 Tuesday, 5 September 2017 00:00

Following are the remarks by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam at the Panel on Peace in the Indian Ocean Region Indian Ocean Conference 2017 on 1 September

2nd Indian Ocean Conference themed ‘Peace, Progress & Prosperity’ held in Colombo

Views - 162 Tuesday, 5 September 2017 00:00

The second Indian Ocean Conference, which recently concluded in Colombo, brought together the stakeholders of this region together on one platform so that there is discussion and collaboration on how to achieve peace, progress and prosperity. This is

“Indian Ocean a vital component in Sri Lanka’s national economic development policies”

Views - 42 Tuesday, 5 September 2017 00:00

Following is the address by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana at the Indian Ocean Conference 2017

“More people benefited from maritime trade in Indian Ocean than fabled Silk Route”: Singapore FM

Views - 8 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

First of all, in case you are wondering why Singapore is represented here, I just need to situate Singapore as the Southern-most tip of continental Asia, one and a half degrees north of equator. And if you try to connect the Indian Ocean to the Pacif

President emphasises importance of making Indian Ocean a zone of peace

Views - 26 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Indian Ocean Region must be transformed into a maritime zone of peace, to become a hub which functions for the advancement of the entire humankind.

India committed to ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’

Views - 40 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

It gives me great pleasure to be here for the second Indian Ocean Conference. I was unable to attend the first conference last year, and was therefore looking forward to be amidst you today.

“United States is and will continue to be an Indo-Pacific power”

Views - 19 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

I want to acknowledge the India Foundation, and its partners in Singapore and Sri Lanka, for their leadership in organising this conference.

PM outlines Sri Lanka’s hub aspirations, emphasises on freedom of navigation

Views - 68 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

Just a few hundred metres from Temple Trees, is an Ocean that is destined to define the future of the world. Sri Lanka, located enviably in the centre of the Indian Ocean is well poised to play a significant role in determining this future.

CB Chief highlights key role of CIOs in managing disruptive technology and financial stability

Views - 793 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

  Technology and innovation guru Scott Bales says CIOs and CTOs will play the most critical role in banks in the future, replacing CEOs By Charumini de Silva With technological change accelerating at an exp

Ron Kaufman in Sri Lanka an unprecedented success: SLIM

Views - 765 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

  300 CEOs and 1,000 professionals captivated by service guru’s philosophy Kaufman says uplifting service a proven path to biz success SLIM, the national body for marketing in Sri Lanka, no

The ‘History of Ceylon Tea’ website, a Dilmah initiative

Views - 1960 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Anura Gunasekera In 1866, when Scotsman James Taylor planted 19 acres of Field no. 7 on Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta, with a few tea seedlings, he would not have dreamt that he was also sowing the seed for an economic and social revoluti

CB Chief cracks whip!

Views - 2573 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:15

  Central Bank Chief urges private sector to take strength from improving fundamentals than too much focus on negatives Lists what questions businesses should ask themselves and partner the future upside  S

Eran tells private sector Govt. will go the full term and beyond

Views - 2882 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:02

  State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday sent an emphatic message to the private sector plagued with worry over politics, asserting that the coalition Government would serve the full term and beyond with progressive po

Kabir commits to make SL most competitive

Views - 2272 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:02

By Charumini de Silva Acknowledging that the Government has strong fundamentals in place, Public Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim yesterday insisted the next step was to make Sri Lanka the most competitive market for everyone to co

Reorienting economy to be export-focused critical for SL: Dr. Harsha de Silva

Views - 1963 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:02

  National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday declared that the rapid export orientation of the economy was critical for the future success of Sri Lanka as the country has fallen behind conside

Create culture of innovation to go global 

Views - 1676 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:01

  Sri Lankan ranks 90 on global innovation index Ecosystem already in place but disjointed Supra-ministerial approach recommended Technological innovation recommended for growth in fashion ind

SL trade at a crossroads?

Views - 1375 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:01

By Madushka Balasuriya Domestic regulatory reforms, focused and strategic trade policies, increased Government engagement with the private sector and greater expertise in trade negotiations are the needs of the hour if Sri Lanka is to better it

CB Governor outlines new trade policy developments, way forward on FTAs

Views - 1347 Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:05

The Government has formulated a Trade Policy Framework, Anti-Dumping Bill and a Trade Adjustment Package for local industrialists to upgrade their businesses and grab the new business opportunities which will facilitate the successful negotiation

DIMO sweeps CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2017

Views - 1422 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:05

The third ‘CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards – 2017’ awards presentation ceremony was held on 17 July at Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo in line with CMA National Management Accounting Conference under the theme of ‘

Today's Columnists

Why are interest rates high?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.

Think, speak, walk and act with purpose!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

As a nation we are perhaps positioned within a time period where we need our population to act with purpose rather than with discord. We currently appear to find solace in distress and appear to be a nation in waiting for trouble with all the news al

CEB engineers and power generation proposals

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Future electricity supply to the country is sitting on a time bomb. Since latter part of 2016, expected rainfall failed to arrive and the rainfall in 2017 was worse. Meanwhile 3x300 MW capacity Norochcholai power plant’s generators failed to operat

Simple, sector-specific IoT solutions to drive economic value in Sri Lanka over the short term

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the next technological revolutionpoised to change the way we, and everything around us, communicate and interact. Management consultant company McKinsey forecasts that IoT will generate up to $11trillion a year in e

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