Special Report

30 years of APB

Views - 20 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 - 130 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 - 19 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 - 81 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 - 285 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 - 212 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 - 45 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 - 65 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 - 149 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 - 125 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 - 107 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 - 294 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 - 206 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 - 518 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 - 373 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


Speaker calls for greater opportunity for rural female entrepreneurs, exporters

Views - 26 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya believes that given adequate opportunity and proper training, women operating at the grassroots level can be successful entrepreneurs and exporters who can contribute substantially to creating inclusive economic development in


Rohantha calls on women to be voice for business

Views - 14 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Congratulating the top 50 award winners, Panel of Judges Chair Dr.Rohantha Athukorala called on the women, who represent the majority of the consumers in Sri Lanka, to be the voice for businesses.


Lack of women leadership major cause for country’s downturn: WIM chairperson

Views - 128 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

WIM Founder and Chairperson Dr. Sulochana Segera said lack of women leadership in economic, political, social and religious fronts has been a major cause for the downturn the country has experienced.


Sri Lanka must up the game to reach economic gender equality: IFC Country Manager Arif

Views - 176 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Speaking on women’s economic and social empowerment, IFC Country Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives Amena Arif said that even after decades of discussion and some progress toward making women equal partners with men in the economy and society, not one


Top levels of industry, government stubbornly male: Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls

Views - 129 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Delivering the keynote address, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr. Sharman Stone said that despite the many gains noticed for women in educational advancement during the past decade, it has not necessarily translated into greater employ


‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018 by WIM-IFC

Views - 308 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

The ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018, organised by Women in Management (WIM) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, was held last week under the patronage of S


Pro-Am Serendib shares success story of first-ever Ironman 70.3 Colombo

Views - 121 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Following the success of hosing the first-ever Ironman 70.3 in Colombo, the event organisers recently announced the second edition of the triathlon, which will be held on 24 February 2019, while highlighting that this world-clas


Robust economic plans to offer new opportunities for women entrepreneurs

Views - 104 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

“Sri Lanka has come a long way in a short space of time. With an economy that is growing and a robust economic plan


UNFPA private sector partnership strengthens gender-focused corporate culture at MAS Holdings

Views - 149 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Marking International Women’s Day last year in March 2017, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed an MOU


Women In Management Awards in Maldives

Views - 136 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

The second edition of the Women In Management Awards staged at the Jen-Shangri La Hotel with the Chief Guest being


Judging begins for ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018

Views - 526 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

With nominations closed for the ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018, organised by Women in Management


Top women entrepreneurs, exporters meet today at ‘Women to the Fore in Exports’forum by NCE

Views - 159 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

The above forum conducted today, 25 July at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo, underlines the endeavour of the Chamber


Gayani de Alwis appointed as WiLAT Global Vice Chairperson

Views - 300 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis was recently appointed as the Vice Chairperson and member of the Global


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

Views - 425 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 - 448 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


Today's Columnists

STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Walking into an inventors’ exhibition should give one an experience similar to an immersion into the future. The world change with inventions and inventors lead the change. The creativity displayed is an indicator of the creativity of the society f


There is smoke in the eyes of those who do not want to see!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Shyamon Jayasinghe, a former citizen of Sri Lanka, now living in Victoria, Australia, writing to Daily FT in a Guest Column article has given an old college try at the President of Sri Lanka by announcing about a cloaked portentous writing on the wal


Modi celebrates birthday whilst making India strong – Lesson for SL

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Indian Prime Minister celebrated his birthday earlier this week in the backdrop of India growing at a blistering performance of 7.1%. The January-March quarter saw the highest GDP growth in the last seven quarters with India becoming the sixth la


Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod


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