W. A. Wijewardena

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...


Central Bank’s clarification on EPF has unwittingly refuted Prime Minister and Minister of Finance?

/ Monday, 8 February 2016 00:10

   Selective response by EPF to concerns raised The Central Bank has issued a clarification, carried by Daily FT in its pr...


Hausmann and Govt. in the hot seat

/ Monday, 1 February 2016 00:00

Consult two economists and get a multitude of opinions    Ricardo Hausmann - AFP   ...


EPF and ETF: Should or shouldn’t they be merged into a separate institution?

/ Monday, 25 January 2016 00:02

 Trade unions up in arms against the proposed merger of EPF and ETF In a recent live television discussion on ITN, the President of the Ceyl...


The illusive rescue of the rupee by an elusive Belgian investor: Is the Yahapalana Government on the wrong track?

/ Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

   An elusive Belgian investor to rescue the rupee According to Reuters, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake is reported to...


Ricardo Hausmann’s message: Restructure exports for growth choosing products over which you can compete with others

/ Monday, 11 January 2016 00:10

Ricardo Hausmann  Sri Lankans’ strange psyche: Exports are good but Imports are bad There is a popular economic belie...


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

24 May 2016

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 soaring expenditure   Crisis manifesting as a foreign exchange shortage Sr...


Authentic leaders: Are they here?

24 May 2016

Perhaps the natural disaster we are currently facing could be a wakeup call for managers and administrators at all levels alike to think and act like authentic leaders     Overview We still bear the bru...


Decision to decide against the tea hub

24 May 2016

The tea plant was brought into the country by the British in 1824 for non-commercial purposes and later developed to be a key export commodity out of (Ceylon) Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea and expor...


Disaster risk reduction, empathy and message design

21 May 2016

On 14 May I retweeted a satellite image of a weather system over Sri Lanka.  The tweet said “WEATHER ALERT - Severe rain over #LK will continue for next 24/48hrs. Public cautioned over flash floods & landslides.”  The ha...


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