W. A. Wijewardena

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...


The COPE report on bond scams: Not two reports as claimed but single one by 25 members

/ Monday, 31 October 2016 00:01

  COPE report on bond scams The much talked about report by the Committee on Public Enterprises or COPE on the irregularities t...


Fiscal reforms: An imperative for sustained growth

/ Monday, 24 October 2016 00:01

SLEA 2016 keynote   Above 7% growth is needed to sustain the economy Sustained growth is normally viewed from two d...


The Monetary Board’s wake up from slumber while hunting a whistle-blower

/ Monday, 17 October 2016 00:02

  In two press releases issued last week just four days apart, the Monetary Board of the Central Bank has shown that it is now ready t...


Whistle-blowing on Perpetual Treasuries: Embarrassing but vindication of CB’s supervisory staff

/ Monday, 10 October 2016 00:01

  A whistle-blower in the Central Bank The market last week was livid with a leaked on-site examination report, claimed to have...


A Governor transforming adversity to prosperity

/ Monday, 3 October 2016 00:10

Governor A.S. Jayawardena with President Chandrika Kumaratunga   The devastating attack on the Central Bank AS...


Techno City is the first step in the right direction but there is much more to be done to attain the final goal

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:02

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe signs on the digital drawing of the Techno City during its launch yesterday while Megapolis and Western Devel...


Sri Lanka’s bloodless revolution on 8 January: Malith Jayathilake has now spoken out

/ Monday, 19 September 2016 00:02

Malith Jayathilake presenting the book to President Maithripala Sirisena  Architects of 8 January revolution are speaking out...


Fear of ETCA: Is it Davids fearing to fight Goliaths?

/ Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:05

Small fellows can beat big fellows through proper brain power Malcolm Gladwell’s 2013 book ‘David and Goliath: Underdog...


The falling education and healthcare expenditure ratios should worry the Yahapalana Government

/ Monday, 5 September 2016 00:01

The promise to increase the expenditure on education and healthcare services University academics had agitated from around 2012, coupling with t...


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

23 January 2017

An unsavoury rift between the Central Bank and Minister of Finance A growing rift between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the senior management of the Central Bank is surfacing now, worrying both financial markets and prospective fo...


Sustainability: How that translates to agriculture

23 January 2017

Once cultivated, traditional paddy that is grown organically will establish its own markets based on the consumer demand   For the longest time the word “sustainable agriculture” was a catch phrase only. I...


Yahapalanaya lapses – Is Mahinda the option for Muslims?

21 January 2017

Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer along with a few other Muslim Mahinda diehards claim that Yahapalanaya under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W...


First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

21 January 2017

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 January 1947. The Chief Guest was D.S. Senanayake, Minister of Agriculture and Lands under the State C...


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