W. A. Wijewardena

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...


In defence of the Auditor General: The Govt. should not blind its ‘third eye’

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:26

Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe An Auditor General under fire by political authorities The Auditor General of the Democratic S...


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 00:15

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy When a Governor speaks frankly, the market responds positively When a Governor o...


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Tiny commitments from a thousand homes – mind separating matter!

25 May 2017

     Some may be wondering after Meethotamulla where all the Colombo waste is going. However, I do have a feeling that most had no idea whatsoever where things were disappearing into until the pictures of Meethotamul...


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part V: Incentives to exploit

24 May 2017

Introduction Farming is better when it is done collectively. Collaboration might happen between farmers, traders and agricultural extension officers. The collaborations can be at different strength levels, for example in some farmer commun...


Implications for democracy?

24 May 2017

A review of ‘Disposable Leaders’ by Rodney Tiffen By Laksiri Fernando ‘Your opponents sit opposite you, while your enemies sit behind.’ They stab. This is the background story related by Rodney Tiffen, in his ever...


Yahapalanaya unleashes rabid dogs

23 May 2017

BBS leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero   Post-war Sri Lanka saw Buddhist extremism targeting the Muslim community with the euphoria of the victory over the Liberation Tigers of ThamilEelam (LTTE). The MahindaRajap...


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