W. A. Wijewardena

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...


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...


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Think outside the box, the way out?

23 July 2016

A classic example of our cultural predictability is explicit in the saga behind the naming of Sri Lanka’s only international airport   It will not be wrong to say that we are a country in a permanent state of crisis, but...


“Nationalist” Government – to counter nationalistic rhetoric?

22 July 2016

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER – The spirit of a nascent Sri Lankan nationalism (inclusive, tolerant, Other-embracing) might be compromised if Government and civil society together don’t challenge competing nationalisms Ca...


Premechandran on northern problems and Govt. inaction

22 July 2016

    EPRLF Leader and TNA member Suresh Premechandran   Q: What is the latest with regard to the Jaffna University clash?  A: I do not know why this much of exposure is given to this drama. Earlier...


Trade and FDI needs a one-stop-shop, not one more stop

22 July 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s office in Ireland. Apple has publicly stated that it wants to significantly expand its operations in Ireland Many foreign investors I engage with want Sri Lanka to emulate Ireland, or even Vietn...


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