A Port City or a Garden City for Colombo? The call for full transparency regarding the negotiations that led to the Port City must be provided to the public, however the deliberations and resolution at a political level will take a ponderously slow pace. The information that is now before us, suggest that the entire ‘Port City’ project, was done on the whims and personal interests of certain ...

In our work on agricultural supply chains, we looked at how small holders could participate in export value chains because these were the most difficult cases and also where the money was. At least at the beginning of the adoption process, the greatest demand for ICT based innovation is likely to come from these supply chains. Air freight services are ...

Nokia To Buy Alcatel-Lucent For $16.6 Billion Nokia is in the news again. The Finnish company recently announced that they intend on acquiring Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. The merger would create jobs for more than 100,000 employees and almost $27.7 billion in revenue, rivaling Ericsson. The new company is expected to keep the Nokia brand, but will also keep Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs name for its R&D ...

MilleniumIT, the Malabe-based stock exchange specialists, announced recently that the Aequitas NEO Exchange in Cananda has completed the switch to MilleniumIT’s solutions. The switch to live followed an implementation period of under a year. Aequitas is a fairly new stock exchange to Canada, and its ocus on high-frequency trading was something of a disruption when it launched.  “The task we set ...

Does Working At Home Actually Work? A couple of says ago, Regus (the famous workspace company) did some research involving over 44,000 people and 100 companies, and they apparently realized that 61% of people actually had a home office. Given Sri Lanka’s baby steps towards letting people work from home, it made for an interesting read. Nevertheless, Regus concluded that working at home was actually bad for ...

Huawei’s Got Some Discounts For Avurudu Huawei, whose Mate 7 we reviewed some time, ago, may not be a popular brand of smartphones here in Colombo, but it looks like they’re growing pretty fast: IDC recently ranked them as the number two smartphone brand with some 18% market share in Sri Lanka. In any case, they tell us that they’ve got some special discounts planned for ...

Microsoft to offer $16M and Azure support for 100 Chinese startups Microsoft China, announced last Wednesday, announced some really good news for 100 lucky Chinese tech startups. As a result, they are promising $16 million USD in cloud services and support for said 100 Chinese startups. In addition, Microsoft reportedly is also partnering with Northern Light Venture Capital, DCM, and Gobi Partners in order to offer financial investments in addition ...

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Venture Engine Kicks Off in 2015 with Rs. 500 Million Blue Ocean Ventures and the Indian Angel Network in partnership with the Lankan Angel Network announced the launch of Venture Engine 2015 at an event held at the OZO Colombo. Since its inception in 2012, Venture Engine has been helping entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level and has proven to be both an invaluable resource for mentoring ...

The modern UNP was the more urban, business-friendly party and the SLFP was the more rural, socialist-friendly party. Now, insomuch as we have parties at all, the UNP has turned. In this interim government, Ranil Wickremsinghe is leading the most business-unfriendly incarnation of the UNP I’ve ever seen. Not only are their policies mixed at best, he and Finance Minister ...

On 16 February 2015, India and Sri Lanka signed a bilateral agreement to cooperate in peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Under this, India will help the island nation build its nuclear energy infrastructure, upgrade existing nuclear technologies and train specialised staff. The two countries will also collaborate in producing and using radioactive isotopes. On the […]

The Bond Issue Controversy: An Analysis Image courtesy Ada Derana By Sam Samarasinghe and Dushyantha Mendis The issue of government bonds on February 27 has raised a huge controversy, involving questions as to the competence of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), and also allegations of insider dealing. The government has been slow to respond to the ...

Ranil rants, raves and knots himself up Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come out with a lengthy speech on the vexed matter of Treasury Bonds. He has defended Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, pledged an investigation in the interest of affirming that there was no wrongdoing, defended the composition of the panel appointed to investigate and cast aspersion on several individuals and groups. It is good that ...

Accusoft Acquires Edocr, Team Moves on to UnifiedVU Accusoft is a privately held software company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. They provide a full range of document, content and imaging solutions as enterprise-grade applications, cloud services and software development kits. Edocr, on the other hand, is focused on business document sharing, and was founded and led by Manoj Ranaweera. They do document publishing and make it easier for prospects ...

Asian Infrastructure Development Bank: U.K. Germany, France and Italy Join Bank The Asian Infrastructure Development Bank was created by China as an alternative to the World Bank. While Sri Lanka has been busy distancing themselves from China, Europe including U.K. Germany, France and Italy join the Bank.This is a must read, with Sri Lanka mentioned. The interviewer is Sharmini Peries of Real News NetworkExcerpts from Michael Hudson: Europe Tilts East Towards ...

Today I had the opportunity to speak to a mostly private sector audience in Tokyo, looking to leverage opportunities from geo-spatial information. The venue was at the G-Space x ICT International Symposium organized by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the apex body responsible for ICT policy in Japan. I was invited to speak about LIRNEasia’s experience in leveraging mobile ...

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