Author Archive for Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Basil R should change course if we are to come out of this foreign reserve crunch

Friday, August 25th, 2023

Dr Sarath Obeysekera Since 2015 Export Development Board has been trying to implement National Export Strategy ( NES) with few salient features which can enhance our foreign currency reserves A few of them are Development of Boat Building for Export coupled with Nautical Tourism in addition to Development of Spice Trade,Digital Technology  Transformation, development of  Wellness Tourism. […]

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India vs China in the battlefield to acquire supremacy

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

Dr Sarath Obeysekera We have seen many news items about the visit by the President of Sri Lanka and the MOUs signed between the two countries to convert Trincomalee harbor into an energy hub  A multi-product oil pipeline to be laid between Trincomalee and the nearest Indian export port coupled with the development of Steel […]

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FDI is the key to come out of the mess we are in

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

Dr Sarath Obeysekera I remember the times of RP when garment factories were built in rural  areas  The progress of each factory was monitored by the president himself with a few super secretaries. Ministers were given marching orders if things go wrong  There was an incident when an  Investor who was waiting to get a […]

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Poland can surely do better for Sri Lanka

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Dr Sarath Obeysekera Embassy-in-Warsaw-secures-export-opportunities-for-diverse-products/34-743703   Quote   Sri Lanka Mission observed from the numerous inquiries it received from members of the Polish public and Sri Lanka well-wishers, the high appreciation of and increasing demand for Ceylon tea, spices, handloom items (sarongs, beach wraps, and shawls and accessories, etc.), handicrafts, including traditional masks and woven reed/rattan […]

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Ambewela Milk not that sweet

Friday, December 30th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera When I read the news below when HE visited Ambewela farm and commented about the tremendous growth  Of course, they can grow when they milk” the nation by increasing the price of milk at will A liter of milk which was 160 Rs less than a year ago has gone up to […]

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CEB electrical engineers made blunders

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera News item today shows how stupid we were to build a coal power plant in Norrocholai  but not in Sampoor in Trinco  පුත්තලමර බැරිවුනොත් ත‍්‍රිකුණාමලයට ගල් අගුරු ගොඩ බා ලොරිවලින් නොරොච්චෝලට අදිනවා… December 22, 2022 at 12:02 am | lanka C news නොරොච්චෝල බලාගාරයට ගල්අඟුරු සැපයීමේ කිසිදු ගැටළුවක් නැති බව විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති […]

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Restructuring SOE’s in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera An example of  failing a SOE is  Restructuring of     Dockyard Dockyard  One of the main features of the privatization was to hand over 10% shares to workers in the restructured company  As mentioned in a tv talk President DBW and a few leaders of JSS which was the state-sponsored union […]

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Mud ( ilmenite sand) slinging again

Sunday, December 11th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera Now that two top-level people in Geological Survey and Marine Bureau ( GSMB ) are replaced by new people, the very first complaint published by the ex-chairman of the cement corporation, has landed on new bosses to handle We should seriously look into the possibility of value addition to our own mineral […]

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Saturday, December 10th, 2022

By Dr Sarath Obeysekera Chairman Advisory Board for EDB to develop Marine and Offshore Industry  Preamble This proposal has been made with an action plan to develop NAUTICAL TOURISM with much emphasis on Entertainment Based facilities for tourists who will be tempted to visit Sri Lankan shores. This document is an outline of the idea, and a complete discussion is needed in […]

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Traffic and Road Conditions in Sri Lanka

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Dr sarath obeysekera Traffic Safety and Road Conditions While in Sri Lanka, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Vehicular traffic in Sri Lanka moves on the left (British style). Traffic in Colombo can be congested. Narrow two-lane highways, overloaded trucks, poorly driven buses, and a variety […]

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Government should walk the talk

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera The article below promoted me to write this  An investor who wanted to build a marina and a yacht boat building and repair yard near a harbour had to face the following difficulties  Get Local authority approval for blocking out a plan of the land Submit seeking preliminary approval request to UDA […]

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Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ports to boost connectivity

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera It is commendable that Sri Lanka opened their eyes, ( though whoever is in the above picture is sleeping ) and take meaningful action to further develop transshipment trade with  Bangladesh Hopefully SAG5, and CICT joined hands on this mission SLPA port is having difficulties in finding funds to complete ECT as […]

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Green Hydrogen by Green Man

Sunday, November 20th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera lanka C news | ධීවර බෝට්ටු සඳහා හරිත හයිඩ්‍රජන්… Sorry to say this  This is like LNG to be used as CNG to power cars like in many countries  Why all of a sudden Green hydrogen? Why cannot we develop Solar power on boats? Green hydrogen may have to be stored in […]

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The budget ignored North and East

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera Wigneswaran says that the Budget did not mention any development in the East and specifically north Only one proposal regarding blue economy-related industry was to consider development over three zones in the Western southern and eastern regions where nautical tourism is to be developed with water skiing etc A northern peninsula with a […]

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Blue Economy neglected but the Canabis promoted

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  Tourism Industry 18. Promotion of Marine Tourism 18.1. New programs have been introduced in many countries in various ways to attract tourists. However, there are lack of approaches to develop the maritime tourism considering advantages of the location of Sri Lanka. Therefore, three maritime zones in the Eastern, Southern and Western provinces will be […]

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Need to expedite construction of East Container Terminal in Colombo Port 

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  Operations of the Port of Colombo with the help and investment of companies from China India and Mersk with Keels have shown remarkable progress and efficient functioning under POP basis enabling the country to generate more income. This is the best time to promote another investor like Japan or Korea to take […]

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Sunday, November 6th, 2022

By Dr Sarath Obeysekera Preamble This proposal has been made with an action plan to develop NAUTICAL TOURISM with much emphasis on Entertainment Based facilities for tourists who will be tempted to visit Sri Lankan shores. This document is an outline of the idea, and a complete discussion is needed in person to elaborate in […]

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Frying pan to fire

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera I took over the post of the chairman of the Ports Authority with a genuine intention of initiating action to develop Galle port as a tourist destination by developing a marina A steel gas barge berthed over  15 years occupying 100 m length of Closenburh Pier was cleared by courts during this […]

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How to get dollars for petrol – The Soviet Style-

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera During the reign of Brezhnev in Soviet Union a currency called valid roubles” was introduced by Russian government  All foreign embassy staff and foreign Employees in Soviet Union were given a quota of a printed note called Valid Roubles ( vlutnaya rublaya) and the government established special shops in the city These shops […]

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

By Dr Sarath Obeysekera Chairman .Advisory Board fir EDB to develop Marine and Offshore Industry 1.     Purpose Sri Lanka is currently facing a severe shortage of foreign currencycreating hardships to the people in the country .Conventional foreign income generating avenues such as tourism,export of garments ,coconut products ,export of teas and spices are not performing […]

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SJB should talk sense

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera News below where ex minister talks about India invading Sri Lanka ? Shouldn’t they talk about Malik giving Hambantota on a platter to Chinese ? We should be happy that Trinco will be developed by our Neighbour Do w  ex have any other option ? රටේ සියලු වැදගත් දේ ක්‍රමයෙන් ඉන්දියාව සතු […]

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Government is only talking about housing ,agriculture and developing livestock, inland aquaculture  etc.It seems that concept of BLUE ECONOMY based on harnessing vast resources in the ocean surrounding our country is neglected ?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Dr Sarath Obeysekera As an example emerging concept of the Blue Economy has been embraced by the Government of Seychelles as a mechanism to realise sustainable economic development based ,around an ocean-based economy.   Seychelles intention is to implement the Blue Economy concept at the national level as a framework to foster an integrated approach for […]

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Basil R should change course if we are to come out of this foreign reserve crunch

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Dr Sarath Obeysekera London  Since 2015 Export Development Board has been trying to implement National Export Strategy ( NES) with few salient features which can enhance our foreign currency reserves A few of them are Development of Boat Building for Export coupled with Nautical Tourism in addition to Development of Spice Trade,Digital Technology  Transformation, development of  Wellness […]

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A life well spent Dr Ibrahim Yusuf London

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Dr SARATH obeysekera  I have lost a closet friend this week Dr Ibrahim Yusuf Born in Rideegama and studied had primary education I Rideegama Temple and a contemporary of Asgiriya Chief Buddhist prelate . He was very much conversant with Buddhism though he payed everyday and recited Quaran several times a day.Amazingly he could recite […]

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Former captain wants cricket in Sri Lanka overhauled -News Item

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  Cricket players who may have been above board should not get  involved in politics  Celebrated captain who lifted the World Cup should have stayed as a senior cricketer like Sanga or Mahela and serve the nation .Trying to emulate Imran Khan  has not shown much results .Previous government have him a lucrative […]

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ECT, port strikes and corruption

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera I was watching the tv on today and on another day and saw hundreds of port workers planning to stage a strike against a decision of corrupt politicians to sell part of the port.  They were mercilessly threatening the nation which had been battered by Corona.  SAGT sale was also marred with […]

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Role of Viyathmaga

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera  There was a news item about the role of Viyathmaga started under the patronage of the President Few members expected to get appointed to posts of heads of corporations after presidential Election.  No one was appointed and the military top brass with the responsibility to uphold law and order were appointed to many […]

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Sri Lankan Collective of intellectuals supporting the Minister of Industires

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  There are certain opinions among the people today that intellectuals should go to parliament and run the country. The Collective recently formed and held the first inaugural meeting with the participation of the minister of industries has a different opinion. Interlevuals  should allow the politicians to go to parliament and support constitution […]

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Nautical tourists are badly treated in Galle

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera  Photos illustrated here show Galle Harbour with several yachts owned by foreign sailing tourists who are in Sri Lanka during this lull tourist period  Next to the yacht park in the Harbour Is the building which is a  yacht repair facility established in 2014 This project was abandoned in 2015 by the […]

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Secretary-General’s letter to staff on the plague of racism

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Dr. Sarath OBEYSEKERA  Secretary-General’s letter Dear Colleagues, Following the virtual town hall meeting held on Thursday, 4 June 2020, in New York, I wish to share with you a rough transcript of what I said to the colleagues in New York.  We gathered amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on another urgent challenge – the […]

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