As the world marks this year’s Consumer Rights Day today on the theme of ‘Healthy Diets’, the global consumer trends around health and natural foods offer lucrative new markets. The increase in awareness on healthy diets and demand for health and wellness food products globally opens a great opportunity for producers from Sri Lanka. With a heritage of  natural […]

This is the 5th article in the ‘Smart Future’ column, originally published in the Daily Mirror Business of Wednesday 11th March.   With their wide geographical spread within a country as well as their wide sectoral coverage, SMEs are often an important source of inclusive economic growth and job creation. But Sri Lanka’s SMEs have not […]

This is the 5th article in the ‘Smart Future’ column, originally published in the Daily Mirror Business of Wednesday 11th March.   With their wide geographical spread within a country as well as their wide sectoral coverage, SMEs are often an important source of inclusive economic growth and job creation. But Sri Lanka’s SMEs have not […]

This is the 4th article in the ‘Smart Future’ column originally published in the Daily Mirror Business on Wednesdays. Sri Lanka has struggled with engaging its diaspora. The protracted conflict polarized diaspora communities abroad and created negative perceptions at home. Yet, a conference held last week attempted to reverse this. Titled ‘Our Sri Lanka: Engaging Persons of […]

I found some interesting articles in the days following my article last week on tax reform, related to taxation/revenue/fiscal issues. It’s always encouraging to see more opinion pieces as well as news articles on tax. It’s especially encouraging to see journey covering tax issues. I thought it would be useful to capture them here, as […]

This is the 2nd article in the ‘Smart Future’ series – my new weekly column in the Daily Mirror Business.  In recent years Sri Lankan policymakers have turned their back on Europe – not only in terms of political issues, but also in terms of trade policy. The pivot of international economic policy to countries […]

This article was written to coincide with the visit of the UNIDO Director General Li Yong to Sri Lanka, and originally appears in the DailyFT of 5th February 2015 Key Points: Visit of UNIDO Director General offers opportunity to push ‘ISID’ approach, focussing on ‘inclusivity’ and ‘sustainability’ Coherent and holistic policy framework needed 95% of […]

The Sunday Leader of 18th January 2015 has published a startling revelation on the extent to which Air Force flights paid for by public money has been abused by the first family and associates, during the height of the Presidential Elections season. According to the news report, these flights have cost a staggering Rs 30.485 million. […]

“Whereas in furtherance of the development policies being promoted by the Government in the backdrop of a globally integrated environment, it is deemed expedient and necessary to ensure the prudent use of land which is a limited resource, in a manner that preserves the national interest” This is the opening section of the new Land (Restrictions on […]

“Whereas in furtherance of the development policies being promoted by the Government in the backdrop of a globally integrated environment, it is deemed expedient and necessary to ensure the prudent use of land which is a limited resource, in a manner that preserves the national interest” This is the opening section of the new Land (Restrictions on […]

Today (October 13th), the President is scheduled to re-commision the Colombo-Jaffna Yal Devi rail link all the way to Jaffna – a route not travelled for decades. I have always believed that transport connectivity and the resultant people-to-people connectivity is an integral part of reaching national harmony. The Yal Devi re-commissioning has strong economic implications too, […]

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