W. A. Wijewardena

Education is not a commodity: but it is and it should be negotiable

/ Monday, 27 March 2017 00:10

Students claim that education is not a commodity ‘Education is not a commodity’ has been a popular view almost universa...


US interest rate hike: Sri Lanka has no alternative but to follow the suit

/ Monday, 20 March 2017 00:01

US interest rate hike is linked to all other interest rates  The Federal Reserve Bank – the central bank of the United States...


The inconclusive IMF review and challenges ahead for Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 13 March 2017 00:01

The Central Bank’s funding of the Government budget is highly undesirable since such funding would be in the form of creating seed m...


ABC of Trumponomics: Can it make the US a great nation?

/ Monday, 6 March 2017 00:01

US President Donald J. Trump Addressing a joint session of the Congress US President Donald J. Trump outlined his econ...


Restoring ‘Economic Democracy’: Is it an elusive goal?

/ Monday, 27 February 2017 01:47

President Maithripala Sirisena Promised delivery of economic democracy to people One of the pledges made by the present Governme...


SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

/ Monday, 20 February 2017 00:01

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (avai...


Central Bank’s mad rush to mandate credit: Shocking banks is not in accord with PM’s Social Market Economy

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:50

  Mandating credit allocation without fanfare The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has, without fanfare or publicised press confer...


The Good Governance Government should not ignore Sri Lanka’s slipping down on the World Rule of Law Index

/ Monday, 6 February 2017 00:06

King Elara’s observance of the Rule of Law to the letter According to a story in Sri Lanka’s great chronicle, Mahavansa, a Tamil usur...


In defence of the Auditor General: The Govt. should not blind its ‘third eye’

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:26

Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe An Auditor General under fire by political authorities The Auditor General of the Democratic S...


Steamrolling of Central Bank by Minister of Finance: An unsavoury development?

/ Monday, 23 January 2017 00:38

An unsavoury rift between the Central Bank and Minister of Finance A growing rift between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the senior...


GSP + may be restored but Sri Lanka has to act fast to harness its full benefits

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:05

A positive report by EU on Sri Lanka A report published by the European Union or EU on 11 January 2017 (available at: http://trade.ec.europa...


When a Governor speaks like a Governor.....

/ Monday, 9 January 2017 00:59

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy When a Governor speaks frankly, the market responds positively When a Governor o...


Formalising economic management through Development Bill: Another communication failure by the Unity Government?

/ Monday, 2 January 2017 01:15

A development bill running into a messy situation The Unity Government managed to have its Budget 2017 passed in Parliament by a two third majori...


Economy 2017: The alarming signs should not be ignored

/ Tuesday, 27 December 2016 00:05

Year 2017 marks two anniversaries The year 2017 dawns with two anniversaries. One is the sixth anniversary of this series analysing ec...


Reform the Central Bank, but don’t erode its independence

/ Monday, 19 December 2016 08:46

     Prime Minister wants a more independent Central Bank Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in the economic pol...


Thriving in a digital age: Digital currencies pose the biggest threat to banks – Part III

/ Monday, 5 December 2016 00:05

  This is the final part of a revised and improved version of a paper published in the Association for Professional Bankers 2016 Annual C...


Thriving in a Digital Age: Digital currencies pose the biggest challenge to banks – Part II

/ Monday, 28 November 2016 00:01

  This is part II of a revised version of the paper published in the annual publication of the Association of Professional Bankers or ...


Thriving in a Digital Age: Digital currencies pose the biggest challenge for banks – Part I

/ Monday, 21 November 2016 00:01

  The Digital Age is not new or alien to the financial services industry. When the new breakthroughs of information and communication ...


Budget 2017: Significant improvement if not marred by policy inconsistencies and interference with the Monetary Board

/ Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:18

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake delivering the Budget Speech     A significant improvement in Bu...


EPF should be investigated promptly as recommended by COPE

/ Monday, 7 November 2016 00:05

  COPE recommendation: Investigate EPF fully The COPE report on the bond scam in the Central Bank from February 2015 to May 2016 has...


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Plastic bags: So easy to substitute and so difficult to get rid of

30 March 2017

  Lately very encouraging news was published related to an increased number of countries and cities banning non-reusable plastic bags. Amongst them, Kenya and Delhi.  Currently Botswana, Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritania, Mor...


The political hypocrisy of President Maithripala Sirisena: Muslim IDPs tossed out

29 March 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena A Tamil saying goes thus: “Stealing the neighbour’s chicken for the mother’s almsgiving.”  President Sirisena in his total betrayal of the Muslims did just that with on...


The new technology revolution

29 March 2017

Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand and even India are automating industry at speed   By C. R. de Silva Current global developments Revolutionary changes in technology, following on the heels of globalisation, are c...


People management in a rapidly transforming business world

29 March 2017

It is well known that businesses have to constantly evolve to keep pace with the changes around them. The rise of digital technologies is disrupting the way we work and live. Technologies that didn’t exist till about a decade ago have now be...


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