W. A. Wijewardena

Sri Lanka has no choice but to grow with giants

/ Monday, 19 June 2017 00:10

Sri Lanka has no choice but to adopt a development strategy that helps it to grow with giants – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   ...


Asking a wings-clipped Finance Minister to fly is a classic repeat of ‘Dunna Dunugamuwe’

/ Monday, 12 June 2017 00:01

An unorthodox and illogical functional allocation President Maithripala Sirisena has issued the Extraordinary Gazette Notification dated 7 June 2...


Missing the bus to prosperity: Sri Lanka should now go for comprehensive reforms instead of savouring ‘Small Miracles’

/ Monday, 5 June 2017 00:10

Samaraweera’s commitment to policy reforms Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, lamenting over the country’s missed opportuniti...


New Finance Minister has a Herculean task ahead; he will win only if he moves with foresight

/ Monday, 29 May 2017 00:05

New Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera officially assuming duties at the ministry  – Pic by Pradeep Pathirana   P...


One Belt One Road Initiative: When Donald Trump closes up, Xi Jinping plans to open up

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:07

Chinese President Xi Jinping together with Heads of Governments including Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pose for a...


CB Annual Report 2016: Bold in critical analysis and proactive in policy recommendations

/ Monday, 15 May 2017 00:21

Release of CB Annual Report 2016 The Monetary Board released its Annual Report on the state of the economy in 2016, commonly known as the Ce...


Reform of Exchange Controls – Part III: Proposed Foreign Exchange Act, an improvement on many counts, but not free from ghostly features contained in the present one

/ Monday, 8 May 2017 00:04

Making exchange control a permanent law In parts one and two of this series (available respectively at: http://www.ft.lk/article/610886/Refo...


Reform of exchange controls – Part II: Bringing exchange controls to the permanent law book

/ Tuesday, 2 May 2017 00:00

 The Central Bank implements ECA as the agent of the Government and for that purpose has to create a separate department called the Exchange C...


Reform of exchange controls: There is a need, but do it correctly – Part I

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:01

The first Ceylonese Governor of the newly-established Central Bank N.U. Jayawardena ​ Proposal to reform exchange contro...


Emerging challenges in the power sector: Unless tackled urgently, future growth is gloomy

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:10

  SLEA to analyse critical economic issues   The Sri Lanka Economic Association, abbreviated as SLEA, under ...


Prof. Dharma De Silva: The unforgettable trailblazer in management education in Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:10

  Professor Dharma De Silva (extreme left) with Vice Chancellor Rev Walpola Rahula (extreme right) at a book donation ceremony to Vidy...


Alleged losses at EPF: Monetary Board will open itself to outside inquiry by playing slow mode

/ Monday, 3 April 2017 00:03

Massive losses at EPF through imprudent bond deals Media reports last week had referred to an alleged loss of Rs 9.5 billion at the Employee...


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...


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A conspiracy theory: Tread with extreme caution, Sri Lanka

24 June 2017

  Politics as the science of attaining “power” The first lessons taught to any student of the science of politics almost invariably includes a reference to the 16th century Florentine philosopher Machiavell...


Most Venerable Mahanayake, I don’t know why…

24 June 2017

“I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding” – Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth     A few days ago we had the Ven. Warakagoda Shri Gnanarathana, Mah...


Caste brought to the fore in Indian presidential election

24 June 2017

For the first time in the history of Indian presidential elections, caste has been brought to the fore in the run up to the 17 July presidential poll, reflecting the nature of politics in the country now.  Both the ruling National Democrati...


On which “beast’s” back does the burden of governance (not) rest?

23 June 2017

I was very hopeful when circumstances necessitated a national government of sorts in a hazy summer concatenation now long forgotten. At the time, we all thought the union of two major mainstream mindsets would result in a smorgasbord of good thing...


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