Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Mattala Airport is not for sale

Friday, July 10th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has made the difficult decision not to sell the Mattala Airport to India.  It is the right decision and he deserves to be congradulated.  I wrote about how the Mattala Airport and the Port of Hambantota have to be activated back in 2014. That Paper is annexed because […]

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Working without a budget: Can this be done?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University Our President Gotabhaya has cleared finance for banks  by ordering the Central Bank to relax. This has been done. Can the availability of finance by banks in itself bring about development- create production, create employment and achieve the goal of poverty alleviation. Import controls that  have been imposed to save […]

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Why have our Universities failed?

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne I would like our authorities to give deep thought to the salient points I have raised in an earlier paper of mine.  Our country is deeply in debt today by blindingly following the IMF It is sad that our dons in econ, the real people that matter on this subject are silent. […]

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Our Failing Agriculture

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph..D. in NonFormal Education & Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University It is sad that though we have the ideal climate to produce what we need, an intelligent people and  verdant land resources we yet are in short supply. Let us take coffee. Once we produced coffee for export. Today we import coffee. […]

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How our Central Bank sidetracked their real duty of safeguarding our foreign exchange

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It is sad to note that ever since the International Monetary Fund(IMF) took over running our country at the end of 1977, the Central Bank has been playing a dubious role. Let us take the devaluation of our Rupee. I quote from my book: How the IMF Sabotaged Third World Development: In […]

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Our President is right on our Central Bank

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne I refer to the news item today:  Do not shirk responsibility of rebuilding the economy: let me know the correct strategy – President tells CB chiefs.” This reminds me of what I wrote on the Central Bank  way back in 2002: The Central Bank in its latest Annual Report states that it […]

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The Valachena Paper Factory and Paper Making as an industry

Friday, June 5th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It is heartening to note that action is being taken to resurrect the Valachenai Paper Factory. I have had the occasion to see the paper being made when I had used their Circuit Bungalow on my circuits in the Sixties. In fact on my visit to Batticaloa in 2019 I drove up […]

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Ideas for the Presidential Task Force: Creating Employment for the Youth

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It has so happened that in Sri Lanka, instead of creating employment for the youth we have had the unfortunate experience of being forced to gun down the youth twice. In the April 1971 uprising at least ten thousand and in the late Eighties some Seventy or Eighty thousand had to be […]

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Managing our foreign exchange

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne It is important to note that for the first time since 1977 Sri Lanka is taking action to ensure that our foreign exchange is not taken away by foreign countries. I refer to the recent action taken by our Central Bank to ensure that profits are not repatriated. I enclose a paragraph from […]

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We have nothing to learn from South Africa: Comment on the South Africa-Sri Lanka Dialogue.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne former Government Agent, Matara

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Killing two birds with one stone.

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former GA Matara President Gotabhaya is interested in creating a new economic trend-  establish new businesses and industries”(From: Rebuilding a policy driven economy: Daily FT:17/4). Let me hark back to my days in the Administrative Service, some five decades ago. Perhaps my experience as an Assistant Commissioner in the Marketing Department, aa […]

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A Word of Praise

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne A word of praise is due to our President Gotabhaya, his team and the doctors of the Health Service for the excellent manner they are tackling the Coronavirus Epidemic. Sri Lanka stands far ahead in the manner they are tackling the epidemic. We have so far had six deaths while the UK […]

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A Special Message to our Excellency the President. From Dr Garvin Karunaratne

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Please consider getting the Army to establish the Marketing Department of the Fifties and thereby enable vegetable availability as well as controlling inflation. It can be later developed to be a major department. The total outlay can be recouped including the cost of establishing a Cannery within the first year. I can […]

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Our President’s Clarion Call for a Remedy to high veg prices.

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, It is hoped that our President’s attention is brought to the fact that our country was the only country in the world to  have a system by which the prices of veg and fruit was unofficially controlled. That was the Marketing Department(MD) at work, buying and selling vegetables and fruit, competing with […]

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Hambantota in the throes of Development

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, PhD. Michigan State University Ideas of possible development, poverty alleviation for the people in Hambantota reign supreme in my mind as I watch the parade of our President and Prime Minister opening the Hambantota Section of our Southern Highway. I recall a Paper I have published earlier which deserves immediate action. It […]

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Wind Power to our rescue

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne I bequeath to my readers the Conclusion of my book: Wind Power for Sri Lanka’s Power Requirements. It in unfortunate that our authorities in establishing wind turbines in Sri Lanka have so far ignored  the mountainous areas where there is ample wind power.  My mind travels to a book by John Perkins, […]

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The Power Game: Small Hydro and Wind Power to our rescue.

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne While renewable energy should be the aim in power generation, it has so happened that we are currently walking in the opposite direction. We are ignoring the resources that Mother Nature has provided for us. The news item: Small Hydro Power Developers Association calls on the President for protection”(FT:29/1/20)  tells me of […]

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High Prices for Vegetables

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne Immediate action is due to arrest the unduly high prices of vegetables today.  I enclose a Paper I wrote in 2017 which addresses this aspect in the hope that it will reach one of our new leaders.

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An interesting Ranjangate scandle from the UK -The Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandle: Lessons on how to investigate crimes!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D – Posted on August 31st, 2011

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Working without a budget: Can this be done?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University Our new Government of President Gotabhaya has decided to hold up mega projects till the budget in August 2020.(The decision of our new Government to Mega projects on hold until August budget:”(Sunday Times:12/01/20)) My mind travels in nostaglia to two world class development programmes which commenced without a […]

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High Prices for Vegetables: Is there a remedy?

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne The high prices for vegetables in Sri Lanka today tells me of where we went wrong.  Once in the pre IMF days, in the days before Sri Lanka started playing poodle to the IMF Sri Lanka did have a method by which it controlled inflation. That was the Marketing Department at work. […]

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Playing poodle to the IMF is not the way ahead

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It is heartening to note that our new Governor of the Central Bank had understood that the IMF’s neoliberal economics that we have closely  followed from 1978, has miserably failed.(Sri Lanka’s new chief flays Neo Liberalism”: Economy Next 28/12/19) Following the IMF since 1978- for over four decades, has made us become […]

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Lessons from The Youth Self Employment Programme of Bangladesh

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne Over twenty percent of young people in the World, have failed to find a due place in the economic ladder and have become drop offs of the education and development system. Definite action to equip them to become entrepreneurs has to get priority. . Every country has a plethora of job skills […]

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Import Substitution is the way to rejuvenate our economy

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne It is heartening to note that our new Government is taking action to stop the import of items that we can easily make. This has commenced with kites, wesak lanterns, jos sticks and palm oil. This Import Substitution is to my thinking the only certain method of rejuvenating our economy. If we […]

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A Perfume Making Industry at Anuradhapura and Kandy

Friday, November 29th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne It is an opportune moment to highlight the fact that Sri Lanka can do better by having its own industries, instead of depending on imports. We have to create employment for our youth and also save foreign exchange by making things we import.  I have many a time, while offering flowers at […]

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The Divisional Development Councils Programme(DDCP): Lessons on the eve of the 2019 Presidential Election of Sri Lanka

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Garvin Karunaratne, PhD Michigan State University* The DDCP was the major development programme undertaken by the Government of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranayake during her 1970-1977 rule. This was also the first major islandwide development programme ever to be implemented in Sri Lanka. Earlier there was the Rural Development Programme and the Small Industries Development Programme […]

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Selling the Motherland

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne Selling the Motherland crept into our leaders only after the General Election of 1977.  In my working life from 1955 to 1973 in Sri Lanka   I have kept close association with ,many of our leaders- Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake, , Ministers P.C.Imbulana, Vimala Kannangara,  Dr N.M. Perera, P.G.B Kalugalle,  T.B. Subasinghe, NH […]

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Memories: The Economy: How we once did it. A Message for the IMF

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

By Garvin Karunaratne , Ph.D. Michigan State University In the current chaotic situation where our economy has totally floundered, with a massive debt that defies any solution it will be prudent to note that till 1977 our country managed the economy, attending to massive development tasks also,  without falling into debt. I happen to be […]

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Sri Lanka:Development & Pitfalls: Agricultural Marketing

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Garvin Karunaratne,Ph.D. Michigan State University, former Government Agent, Matara.  I am prompted to write about what was achieved in Sri Lanka since we gained independence in order to educate some of our presidential aspirants who have said that we have not achieved anything. I can emphatically state that Sri Lanka had done wonders in the […]

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Sri Lanka: Its Development and Pitfalls: Industries

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Garvin Karunaratne I am prompted to write about what was achieved in development since Sri Lanka achieved independence because some of our presidential aspirants have said that Sri Lanka had no development from the time we got independence 71 years ago.  It is sad to note that some of our presidential aspirants happen to be […]

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