Views - 982 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 - 836 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 - 689 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 - 838 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
Views - 630 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:05
Mangala’s Mangala Budget was approved in its Second Reading by a two-thirds majority in Parliament last week.
Views - 758 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:30
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s Mangala Budget (Maiden Budget) was presented to Parliament last week. A budget is simply a one year financial plan of the government.
Views - 884 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:05
The Vision 2025 released to the public in August as well as the Economic Policy Statement delivered in Parliament in October has reiterated the Government’s commitment to maintaining a low inflation regime in the country.
Views - 1392 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:10
Imagine a situation like this. You make an online payment to your internet service provider using your bank’s internet banking portal
Views - 767 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00
In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e
Views - 2525 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00
Immediately after the Treasury bond auction on 27 February 2015, the news of a massive impropriety that had taken place in the auction spread across the market like a wildfire.
Views - 829 Monday, 9 October 2017 00:00
Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva, in an email to this writer, has clarified that what is meant by the goal of being ‘enriched’ in V2025 is not to become a rich country in terms of the World Bank class
Views - 660 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:10
It was shown that all these visions had one underlying economic philosophy to go by, namely, the establishment of a ‘knowledge based highly competitive social market economy’, a concept borrowed from post-war Germany.
Views - 820 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00
In Part 1 of the article series on the Government’s Vision 2025 published last week, it was pointed out that the present vision document was just the fourth of such visions pronounced by the Government during the last two year period.
Views - 1441 Monday, 18 September 2017 01:14
The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.
Views - 757 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00
Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva in an emotion-filled intervention during a live television discussion program berated the whole administrative system of the country (available at: https://www.youtube.co
Views - 516 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:05
This is an expanded version of the Convocation Address delivered at the 13th General Convocation of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka on 30 August.
Views - 1407 Monday, 28 August 2017 00:11
A VC’s warning The Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Professor Sampath Amaratunga addressing a section of the students last week at a university event, delivered an important message to them. That was not to play wit
Views - 1414 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00
Minister Susil Premajayantha speaking at the biotech degree launch Northumbria University’s biotechnology degree in Sri Lanka At a recent event at which the UK-based Northumbria University’s BSc Honours Degree in biotec
Views - 2141 Monday, 14 August 2017 00:02
The reintroduction of the direct placement system under a new format by the Central Bank is a welcome sign Restoration of direct placements in Treasury bond issue after two years Effective from 27 July 2017,
Views - 2326 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00
Why should someone plot to obtain information pertaining to the Central Bank? That is because such information has economic value and could be used by those who get the advance information for their own profit
Views - 2014 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:10
The objective of education should be to create relevant and applicable wisdom among students The continued economic prosperity of a nation depends on its having a critical pool of wisdom. Those with wisdom learn from the past
Views - 2142 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:01
A nation savouring small gains An important message was delivered to Sri Lanka’s policymakers and bastions in the tea industry by five experts who participated in a live TV discussion on the subject recently (available at: https:/
Views - 2746 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:09
Two issues raised by readers Several readers of the last week’s article in this series (available at: http://www.ft.lk/article/627020/SAITM--A-war-unto-a-finish-to-protect-their-interests-by-monopolies-and-oligopolies) on the SAITM impasse
Views - 3241 Monday, 10 July 2017 00:32
GMOA has been in the practice of announcing wildcat strikes demanding the closure of SAITM, crippling the country’s State-sponsored medicare system – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara A war between monopolies Economist
Views - 3214 Monday, 3 July 2017 00:16
Keynote address delivered at Wayamba University’s research symposium To be of use, green accounting has to be accepted by global community as the framework for measuring output at firm as well as national level
Views - 4631 Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:10
The bearded economist who saw shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s liberalisation move My association with Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies or IPS, dates back to the early 1990s when I had the opportunity to
Views - 3711 Monday, 19 June 2017 00:10
Sri Lanka has no choice but to adopt a development strategy that helps it to grow with giants – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara Nature while creating giants has empowered dwarfs with overpowering cunningness One can accuse
Views - 4477 Monday, 12 June 2017 00:01
An unorthodox and illogical functional allocation President Maithripala Sirisena has issued the Extraordinary Gazette Notification dated 7 June 2017 allocating functions among the newly sworn-in Ministers a week ago. In this notification too, th
Views - 5424 Monday, 5 June 2017 00:10
Samaraweera’s commitment to policy reforms Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, lamenting over the country’s missed opportunities in the past due to not making correct decisions at the correct time, has reiterated his commitmen
Views - 4401 Monday, 29 May 2017 00:05
New Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera officially assuming duties at the ministry – Pic by Pradeep Pathirana Promise to continue with economic reform program The new Minister of Finance, Mangala Sa
Saturday, 16 February 2019
It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom
Saturday, 16 February 2019
The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally
Friday, 15 February 2019
‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto
Friday, 15 February 2019
I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse