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, […]

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, […]

As the Chinese economy continues to disprove it’s critics and grow at a steady pace with a greater focus towards domestic consumption, the Chinese consumer is doing exactly as expected and spending a lot more than before. A most notable consumer segment to have emerged is the luxury goods consumers. I just saw a report in […]

As the Chinese economy continues to disprove it’s critics and grow at a steady pace with a greater focus towards domestic consumption, the Chinese consumer is doing exactly as expected and spending a lot more than before. A most notable consumer segment to have emerged is the luxury goods consumers. I just saw a report in […]

As urban regeneration continues at a dizzying pace in Colombo, it was the focus of the opening technical session of a recent forum on ‘Sri Lanka’s Road to Sustainable Development’ organised by the Law and Society Trust (August 22nd 2014). I was a panelist at this event, along with Eran Wickramaratne (MP) and a consultant to the UDA, and was […]

As urban regeneration continues at a dizzying pace in Colombo, it was the focus of the opening technical session of a recent forum on ‘Sri Lanka’s Road to Sustainable Development’ organised by the Law and Society Trust (August 22nd 2014). I was a panelist at this event, along with Eran Wickramaratne (MP) and a consultant to the UDA, and was […]

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