Special Report

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

Views - 132 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 - 346 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 - 136 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 - 112 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 - 157 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 - 143 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 - 573 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 - 170 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 - 311 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 - 455 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 - 477 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 - 314 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 - 290 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 - 223 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 - 388 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 - 1147 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 - 283 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 - 333 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 - 506 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 - 743 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 - 800 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 - 576 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 - 256 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 - 2506 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 - 836 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 - 244 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 - 87 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 - 212 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 - 303 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 - 790 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


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Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B


Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U


Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines


Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel


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