Views - 624 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00
During the discussion time following the presentation of a paper by former diplomat Tamara Kunanayakam on the invasion of Sri Lanka’s economic policymaking by neoliberal economic thinkers two weeks ago, Colombo University’s economics don Lalithas
Views - 1531 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00
Tamara Kunanayakam, formerly a UN official and Diplomat and presently, civil and human rights activist cum public voice maker,
Views - 1021 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:10
The election of 92-year-old Dr Mahathir Mohamad, commonly known as Mahathir, to premiership by Malaysian voters, especially the young voters, has been a surprise to many.
Views - 846 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:10
Channa de Silva, CEO of LankaClear, Sri Lanka’s official clearing and payment services provider, declares convincingly: “I firmly believe that technology should be for improving people’s convenience.”
Views - 896 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:10
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, announcing the Government’s decision to move for a flexible fuel price system based on international prices built into a pricing formula, made a side announcement as well.
Views - 1208 Monday, 14 May 2018 00:10
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has recently announced its intention to create a sandbox for financial institutions to experiment with new financial technologies
Views - 11223 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:10
A speaker with a guitar Imagine a scenario like this. You invite a CEO of a successful start-up company to speak to your students. Your wish has been to drive the message home to students that they do not have to live with a constant defeatist mental
Views - 1441 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:10
Sudden fall in the value of the rupee The recent media reports have been abuzz with a sudden fall in the value of the Sri Lanka rupee against the US dollar, the benchmark currency used by Sri Lanka to quote the external value of its currency. The C
Views - 905 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:10
To sustain economic growth, Sri Lanka needs a critical pool of daring people who would see things differently and design a new future.
Views - 633 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:57
The Central Bank has brought $ 2.5 billion to the country by issuing Sri Lanka Government Sovereign but ‘Senior Unsecured Notes’ in the international markets (available at: https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/en/news/the-democratic-socialist-republic-of-sri-
Views - 1123 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:10
The Central Bank in its second monetary policy review in 2018, released last week, has cautiously and partially relaxed the tight policy package it had introduced earlier when inflation was rearing its ugly head causing chaos to investment initiative
Views - 684 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:10
A confusing folly committed by the new government in January 2015 happened to be the listing of the Central Bank and other financial institutions away from the Ministry of Finance.
Views - 850 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00
According to the data released by the Department of Census and Statistics or DCS – the country’s official statistics bureau – Sri Lanka’s economy has grown in 2017 by 3.1%
Views - 880 Monday, 19 March 2018 00:48
The State Minister for National Policies and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva, in his second incarnation in that ministry, has acted promptly to propose a strategy to convert Sri Lanka into an innovation and entrepreneurship economy.
Views - 1135 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:10
The slogan that is being shouted in an angry loud voice by a minority section of Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhala Buddhist population conveys a non-negotiable message to minorities in the country.
Views - 2110 Monday, 5 March 2018 00:10
Humans who forget that they are wired as economists Dhammika Perera, businessman, entrepreneur, wealth-creator and many more, admits humbly that he has never been formally trained as an economist. But, that is an under-assessment, since there is an e
Views - 737 Monday, 26 February 2018 00:10
The local government elections that concluded on 10 February 2018 have shaken the ruling United National Party(UNP)to its foundation.
Views - 2482 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:10
The Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy, while announcing the Bank’s monetary policy stance for the next two months
Views - 1273 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:10
Lucky and unlucky students Those who can secure admission to a state university in Sri Lanka consider themselves a lucky lot. That is because the state university system has a few places far short of the number that qualifies for admission at the GCE
Views - 1165 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00
In the previous part of this series (available at: http://www.ft.lk/w-a-wijewardena-columns/How-to-groom-intellectuals-for-the-future--Two-contrasting-views-from-Thailand-and-Sri-Lanka--Part-1/885-648278)
Views - 1353 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00
Two intellectual discourses have recently taken place in Thailand and in Sri Lanka, one month apart from each other, relating to the development of intellectuals in the respective countries for the 21st century.
Views - 961 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:10
The Deputy Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva, commonly known as Harsha, is reported to have announced the engagement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the Government to amend the present Monetary Law Act
Views - 1267 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:10
It was the presidential election time in 2010. The incumbent President after a five-year rule and a conclusive victory over the Northern rebels had sought another term.
Views - 1100 Monday, 8 January 2018 00:10
The former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, in an interview with Daily Mirror, had put the Central Bank’s management on its toes by making some scathing allegations against the bank
Views - 1662 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:10
Blaming the Central Bank for all economic ills Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in an interview with Daily Mirror is reported to have pronounced that the Central Bank is absolutely corrupt and inefficient (available at: http://www.dailymirro
Views - 798 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:10
A novelist in the making Sandali Handagama has been known by Sri Lanka’s film fans for her role as the rebellious but innocent and naive daughter of a family which was being torn apart by the personal incompatibility of the parents in the movie, L
Views - 973 Monday, 18 December 2017 00:10
Economic policies have always been mysteries to laymen. They have become mysteries because top economists often present them in a language not comprehendible by ordinary people.
Views - 834 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:45
A pressing economic problem faced by the present Government, and any government that would come to power in the future, is the dwindling export earnings.
Views - 686 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:10
I am honoured to be invited to deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Research Symposium of Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education, popularly known as SLIATE. It is both encouraging and
Views - 824 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:55
Delivering the Henry Steel Olcott Memorial Oration 2017 in Colombo recently, the Central Bank’s Senior Deputy Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe outlined the change of the game plan of conducting monetary policy by the bank in the years to come (ava
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Before commenting on the selection process, it is better to understand the ground realities and the nature of the beasts. Sri Lanka has a good theoretical education system. This system prompts students to ‘Cram-Remember-Express’ or ‘Read-Rememb
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Happy Pongal, Mr Sumanthiran! You and I are from two very different generations. In fact you belong to my uncle’s generation (sadly I don’t get along very well with my uncle). You are a child of the ’70s. I’m a child of the 90s. In a more tex
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Bourgeoisie venues It is no accident that presidential-candidate hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa holds his Viyathmaga meetings in bourgeoisie spots. Once, it had been Shangri-La. Last Saturday, 12 January, it had been Waters Edge. Gota’s speech offered
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a determined contender for the presidency. His trenchant lecture to activists of the Viyathmaga forum demonstrated the man’s spiritedness and impulse to act. He is a driven man. What drives him?
W.A. Wijewardena responds to Ravi K
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SL power system expansion – Coal vs renewable energy
Sri Lanka-South Africa diplomacy at 25: Forging a new pathway towards SAARC-SADC cooperation