W. A. Wijewardena

Be warned! Monetary Board is losing its powers as well as its independence

/ Monday, 22 August 2016 00:02

   Two ominous measures by the Ministry of Finance Two disturbing news items that appeared in the press last week portended tha...


Economics of A.S. Jayawardena Part II: Our man in the Bank of Ceylon

/ Monday, 15 August 2016 00:01

   A.S. Jayawardena   The story so far In Part I of this series we looked at how AS was transformed from a...


Economics of A.S. Jayawardena 1: The birth of an extraordinary economist

/ Monday, 8 August 2016 00:00

   Many Faceted ASJ Amarananda Somasiri Jayawardena, fondly addressed as AS by his friends, celebrated his 80th birthday last w...


Good sign that the Monetary Board has finally risen to discharge its obligation to the nation

/ Monday, 1 August 2016 00:01

   The Monetary Board decides to tighten monetary policy The Monetary Board in its latest monetary policy review done last...


Students’ troubles in universities: A question of misconceived cultural property rights?

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:01

   Being the hotbed of trouble in the correct direction is a must Sri Lanka’s state-owned universities have alwa...


Prema-chandra Athukorala Chinthana: Joining production sharing chain is the way out for Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

  Sharing production with the rest of the world The Sri Lankan-born economist of international repute and Australian National Universit...


Direct sale of government securities: Demon or servant?

/ Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

  The demonised direct sales of Treasury bonds The Central Bank has been telling the public again and again since March 2015 that the s...


The dream of a train enthusiast: Ride a Viceroy Special to the moon

/ Monday, 4 July 2016 00:10

  A railway enthusiast to a fault Hemasiri Fernando is known in Sri Lanka and abroad as a sports administrator, bureaucrat, banker and ...


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...


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“Current SLFP leadership doesn’t know Bandaranaike philosophy”

25 August 2016

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is today controlled by people who do not understand the ‘Bandaranaike philosophy,’ otherwise they would never ally with the United National Party, said Joint Opposition bigwig MP Dullas Alahapperuma, in an i...


SLFP: A war within

25 August 2016

    As the Government of ‘national unity’ celebrated the completion of its first year in office last week, President Maithripala Sirisena was grappling with a problem that preceded his presidency.  For ...


A new trade policy for Sri Lanka

24 August 2016

  If the outlined measures are implemented, two prominent sectors will be opened up to international competition: shipping and tea    Sri Lanka desperately needs a new global economic strategy as part of a br...


Gem and jewellery industry: Criticality of a paradigm shift

24 August 2016

  The sapphire pendant in the movie Titanic had an impact on subsequent sapphire sales   Sri Lanka is renowned worldwide for fine gemstones ever since the very early days of international shipping routes and trade...


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