At the FAO-ITU e agriculture workshop that I am attending in Bangkok, I was asked to respond to a question on failure of ICT projects in agriculture and why. I responded, saying I will speak only about our activities. I said that the market information system Harsha de Silva started as an e Sri Lanka pilot project; kept going with ...

Questions For the IT Industry: Why Jaffna? As of a year ago, the Sri Lankan IT industry has been on the receiving end of a small, but very insistent – and widely publicized – push towards the North. We’ve seen speeches made, proposals put forth, ideals advocated over dinner. And, as a result, we’ve seen mass workshops by SLASSCOM, where students thronged in the thousands to learn ...

One of the most important ways by which research influences policy is for the researcher to become a policy maker. In 2006-07 Harsha de Silva was leading LIRNEasia’s ag info research. This is what he’s telling audiences now: Farmers are not poor because they don’t get the subsidy, farmers are poor because their agricultural markets are not working. There is ...

Open Letter to the Government of Sri Lanka: On the Port City Review Image courtesy Yamu Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Minister Hon. Rajitha Senaratne Minister Hon Lakshman Kiriella Dear Sirs, On the Port City Review I am writing this open letter to you all as I have doubts that you might receive it through the layers of bureaucracy and entrenched interests that support the proposed ‘Port City’ project. A recent news ...

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 […]

I am not a public health or environmental expert, but have long covered related topics as a science journalist. Among my long-standing interests are the downstream health and environmental effects agrochemicals – both chemical fertilizers and farm chemicals applied against pests and weeds. Parallel to this, I have also been covering chronic kidney disease of […]

At LIRNEasia, we do not treat interns only as cheap labor (though they are that too). They each have a mentor, a researcher who works with them and spends time with them. After all, LIRNEasia was set up by a person who loved and continues to love the learning culture of a good university but could not stomach any more ...

Economics of the Colombo Port City Project Image courtesy Yamu The government recently took a cabinet decision to go ahead with the $15 billion Colombo Port City Project (CPCP). Cabinet spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, trying to justify the decision told the media that it was a “business venture” done together with one of Sri Lanka’s “long-standing friends,” China. A day later Prime Minster Ranil Wickramasinghe in ...

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 […]

all who desire democracy, good governance, rule of law, and stable prosperity, to prevail in sri lanka, needs to support all forms of resistance to lawless, irresponsible, thuggery, that is being imposed on sri lanka, by filthy pederast ranil's backdoor government. of the many many acts they have perpetrated against "yaha palanaya", they hypocritically proclaimed, and their paid propagandists, online ...

it seems ranil's backdoor government thinks yaha palanaya means irresponsibility. its so called mini budget is proof of this. basically it is lots of reduced(controlled) prices and giveaways,lots of taxes on profit making businesses, especially in growth sectors like telecoms, media, and banks, & alleged wealthy. in other words taxing those who make an economy a sustainable success.lots of one-off ...

What a strange budget. Broadly they are taxing the rich and giving stuff away to the poor. There are a lot of one-time taxes (wut?) on big companies, taxes on people with big houses, vehicle importers, etc. At the same time, prices of a lot of consumer goods are reduced, salaries are increased for government workers, hand tractors will be ...

it seems maithree supporters are reduced to floating rumors in social media, and to repeating words "tight election" in every other tweet and blog post they make, as if such repetition will make it "tight". it is also a symptom of their state of denial as their fantasy breaks. lolin fact election is peaceful and there is a high voter ...

Putting the provinces, women, and youths at the forefront of policy by the next President in Sri Lanka Image courtesy The Curionomist The Presidential Election in Sri Lanka is due on 08 January 2015. This article argues the case for three critical policy priorities to steer Sri Lanka into an inclusive new era. Economic Empowerment of the Youths There is a critical mismatch between supply of the education sector (primary, secondary, and tertiary) and the demand of ...

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