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Local biz should not fear competition

Views - 324 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 - 362 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 - 643 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 - 1415 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 - 1104 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 - 697 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 - 309 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 - 3548 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 - 963 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 - 541 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 - 113 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 - 239 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 - 346 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 - 866 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 - 685 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 - 738 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 - 498 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 - 495 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 - 393 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 - 679 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 - 929 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 - 140 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 - 218 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


Low turnout at London CWF fails to achieve full potential of excellent agenda

Views - 174 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

By Charnika Imbulana in London The 2018 Commonwealth Women’s Forum (CFW) was the second to be held, also as a lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) ‘18 in London. The first ever CFW was held in Malta in 2015, as a run u


Full focus on power of the youth

Views - 84 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

What was most spoken of and repeatedly informed at CHOGM 2018 in London was the fact that youth comprise 60% of the Commonwealth population. It is indeed a fact to take note of. If we are to emphasise that further, in other words the youth comprise 1


‘Golden goose’ tourism at crossroads: Industry experts

Views - 680 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

As Sri Lanka seeks to develop and promote its vital tourism product, industry experts are calling on the authorities not to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.


A Heads of Department Meeting like no other

Views - 231 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

By Susil Sirivardana Members of his core group keep on returning to President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s voluminous legacy. It bears continuous re-visitation and reinterpretation. Today we reflect on a familiar institutional sutra. His regular and comm


Commonwealth more relevant than ever, say leaders

Views - 111 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

The Commonwealth arrived in London with an estimated 5,000 delegates from every continent attending for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), bringing their cultures, languages, perspectives and range of colourful flags that represent


Royal Commonwealth Society CHOGM reception at House of Lords

Views - 181 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

Charnika Imbulana reporting from London The Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at the House of Lords was the picturesque venue for the evening reception hosted by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) President Lord Howell of Guildford, PC to mark the occ


Commonwealth adopts forward-looking Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment

Views - 99 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

Another key outcome at the CHOGM was, in response to the risks to growth presented by rising protectionism, leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) expressed their strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted


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Friday, 23 August 2019

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Friday, 23 August 2019

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Enough power in the presidency for the right person

Friday, 23 August 2019

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