W. A. Wijewardena

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...


Economics of A.S Jayawardena Part III: AS’s short spell as Central Bank’s Economic Research Director

/ Monday, 29 August 2016 00:10

The summary of the episodes so far The first part of this series looked at how AS, a radical socialist economist in his young days, was converted...


Be warned! Monetary Board is losing its powers as well as its independence

/ Monday, 22 August 2016 00:02

   Two ominous measures by the Ministry of Finance Two disturbing news items that appeared in the press last week portended tha...


Economics of A.S. Jayawardena Part II: Our man in the Bank of Ceylon

/ Monday, 15 August 2016 00:01

   A.S. Jayawardena   The story so far In Part I of this series we looked at how AS was transformed from a...


Economics of A.S. Jayawardena 1: The birth of an extraordinary economist

/ Monday, 8 August 2016 00:00

   Many Faceted ASJ Amarananda Somasiri Jayawardena, fondly addressed as AS by his friends, celebrated his 80th birthday last w...


Good sign that the Monetary Board has finally risen to discharge its obligation to the nation

/ Monday, 1 August 2016 00:01

   The Monetary Board decides to tighten monetary policy The Monetary Board in its latest monetary policy review done last...


Students’ troubles in universities: A question of misconceived cultural property rights?

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:01

   Being the hotbed of trouble in the correct direction is a must Sri Lanka’s state-owned universities have alwa...


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Brilliant companies are brilliant at the basics

6 December 2016

Top research company AC Nielsen last week announced that the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) had picked up from a downward trend. But challenges to the consumer remain given that the economy grew by a modest 2.6% in the backdrop of the drought and...


Taxation in Sri Lanka: The need for radical change?

6 December 2016

A country’s fiscal and taxation system is a major determinant of macro-economic policy and sustainable growth, particularly in areas such as government revenue, public debt, fiscal deficit, inflation as well as resource allocation, income di...


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

5 December 2016

  This is the final part of a revised and improved version of a paper published in the Association for Professional Bankers 2016 Annual Convention Publication titled ‘Thriving in a Digital World’.  Part I of this paper...


Men and women for SEN: Reaping research richness

5 December 2016

The research monograph is handed over to the Secretary of the Ministry of Education    It was a delight to witness a research landmark made through a comprehensive study of special education needs (SEN) of primar...


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