W. A. Wijewardena

Brexit: Are the UK Universities and the research sector the biggest casualty?

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:10

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this Reuters picture. Brexit was fought on emotional ...


Cherry Blossoms – When an economist becomes a creative writer: That is the wonder of Sriyani Hulugalle

/ Monday, 20 June 2016 00:10

   The cover of Sriyani Hulugalle’s collection of short stories and poems ‘Cherry Blossoms’   ...


Bond fiasco and confronting the Auditor General: Monetary Board should be more mindful of its obligations

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

   COPE directing the Central Bank to cooperate with AG A recent news item has reported that the parliamentary watchdog, the Co...


Monetary Board’s latest statement on ‘bond fiascos’: A step backward and waking-up from a demonic dream

/ Monday, 6 June 2016 00:20

 Implicit admission of guilt The Monetary Board of the Central Bank has at last chosen to break its stoic silence over allegations against t...


Handagama’s latest indictment: Fantasising educated middle class should wake up from their dreams

/ Monday, 30 May 2016 00:10

   A film director famous for indicting others Asoka Handagama, an award-winning film director of international repute, has bee...


Coming out of the economic crisis: Time is running out for Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:10

For Sri Lanka to attain its goal, it is of utmost importance to consolidate the budget which has gone out of control due to falling revenue and soa...


Wisdom of a Monetary Board impassively watching over a fast declining capital base

/ Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

 Central Bank’s response is a salutary development A response issued by the Central Bank (available at: http://www.ft.lk/article/54058...


Reintroducing repatriation requirement: Have the Finance Ministry and Central Bank gone back on their pledges?

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:10

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran  – File photo Move to change exchang...


Continuously loss-making Central Bank is no better than SriLankan Airlines

/ Tuesday, 3 May 2016 00:02

Central Bank capital depletion is also a landmine under PM’s feet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, supported by Senior Minister Sarath ...


A cherry-picking Monetary Board when another major ‘bond scandal’ is rubbing on its nose

/ Monday, 25 April 2016 00:10

Source: EconomyNext  Monetary Board is the authority on monetary policy The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued a re...


Economic crisis management: Consensual logical and consistent policy package is need of the day

/ Monday, 18 April 2016 00:05

   Taking a completely contradictory view to the wisdom pronounced by IMF Mission, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is repo...


Hilmy Cader’s Fine Advice to Exporters: If the objective is to prosper, confront reality and think strategic!

/ Monday, 11 April 2016 00:10

MTI Consulting CEO Hilmy Cader - Pic by Daminda Harsha Perera A powerful shake up of exporters  In a recent forum and discu...


Dilemma in monetary policy: Monetary Board being caught in ‘The Devil’s Alternative’?

/ Monday, 4 April 2016 00:00

Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran    Disappointing the market’s predictions When the Monetary ...


Right to Information Bill: A defeat of public aspirations for transparency in the Central Bank?

/ Monday, 28 March 2016 00:10

 Pledge to allow citizens to get information from public bodies There was an important pledge given by the current government in its Manifes...


What is wrong with our ailing tea industry and where does its cure lie?

/ Monday, 21 March 2016 00:01

    Tea should have a wider angle than a mere beverage At a panel discussion following an evening presentation organised by t...


ETCA or any other policy is destined to fail if not properly managed

/ Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

Critics say that ILFTA has favoured India and not Sri Lanka. This is a misconception and a conclusion arrived at by glancing at the inform...


‘Padeniya Chinthana’ on ETCA: Govt. should fight it in intellectual forums, not in the streets

/ Tuesday, 8 March 2016 01:19

Management of Economic Policy 4 The crusader of good governance in healthcare system Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, Medical Specialist...


Management of Economic Policy 3: Sri Lanka should tap global unbundling opportunities of services under ETCA

/ Monday, 29 February 2016 00:10

   The need for wide public consultation when trade agreements are signed The first article in this series warned against the s...


ETCA is not CEPA in all respects, but it should be made public to allay fears

/ Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:10

Management of Economic Policy 2  Taking note of the widespread protests which CEPA had run into earlier by a section of the services s...


Sri Lanka faces crucial tests ahead with growing opposition to ETCA

/ Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

Management of Economic Policy 1  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe  Linking Sri Lanka to the global marke...


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Brexit success and the response of universities

29 June 2016

 W.A. Wijewardena in his Daily FT column on 27 June questions whether the UK Universities and the research sector is the biggest casualty in the aftermath of Brexit. Apart from the financial implications, if Brexit is a sign of a trend toward...


Brexit worsens external economic environment for Sri Lanka

29 June 2016

  The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) following the referendum of Brexit – abbreviation of British exit – last Friday has created ripples in global markets. The British Pound fell to its lowest level sin...


The two trillion dollar earthquake! What next?

29 June 2016

Friday 24 June saw the global markets rumbling and initially seeing two trillion dollars wiped off within hours as a result of the Brexit news sent shockwaves around the world. This was the magnitude of the decision taken by 52% of UK voters to le...


Soft exit strategy for silent old guard, while our young republican watchdogs bay for blood

29 June 2016

  The silent treatment   It’s the clever young man who writes a column for another newspaper who made me realise for the first time what’s really wrong. He was so clear and trés articulate that ...


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