What is Inflation Targeting?

“Given that Sri Lanka is a twin deficit country, in terms of budget deficit and current account deficit, the chances that Sri Lanka attracting new money at this juncture is very minimal indeed. By increasing interest rates, we will not be able to attract new money or keep the money already invested.” Indrajit Coomaraswamy 02.10.2018 ... Read More

The Rate of Exchange, Capital Flight, and the Central Bank

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. It’s controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation is a fireable offence. In this light the following text aims to put ... Read More

Who We Pay for LankaPay

Full doc.x with images at bottom. Arvind Subramaniam recently made statements in the Central Bank about rebuilding the social contract. He put forth a narrative of reform whereby he called for the building of trust in government institutions. The statements also coincided with the revelation to the general public that cheque payments had been made ... Read More

A License Raj

Sri Lankan Banking and Finance can be categorised as a license raj. This is not because institutions are regulated by the central bank but rather that the capacity to conduct business is contingent on one obtaining a license. For the NBFI sector, usually understood as the Finance companies, are heavily constrained by this licensing structure. ... Read More

A Lack of a Right of reply to “Right of reply – Rotarian replies to Muttukumaru”

http://www.dailymirror.lk/149962/Right-of-reply-Rotarian-replies-to-Muttukumaru “Editor’s Note: This correspondence is now closed.” Amrit Muttukumaru, a self-defined public activist who makes it a point to stick it to those who are in power, is prominent within the local papers. He makes allegations. The allegation relevant to this piece of work is that against K.R. Ravindran. Muttukumara alleges that K. R. ... Read More

Reply to misleading article published in Daily FT

This is a response I wrote to an article on the implications on the anti tobacco policies of the government. Subject: Implications of the proposed ban of the sale of loose cigarettes in Sri Lanka. From: [email protected] To: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected] Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2:09:25 PM GMT+5:30 Dear Ms Tishani Sripathi, I write ... Read More