Schedule

Sri Lanka in a World in Transition: Challenges and Opportunities-A Way Forward

9.00 am-9.40 am -Opening Ceremony of the SRI LANKA ECONOMIC FORUM 2017

-Welcome address – by Prof W D Lakshman, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Economic Forum Committee
-Inaugural address – by Chief Guest Hon. Kabir Hashim, MP- Minister of Public Enterprises Development.

Session 1
9:40am - 11:00am
World in Transition: An Alternative Trade and Industrial Policy
  • Presentation by– Prof. Howard Nicholas. Associate Professor in Economics of Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands (45mts)
  • Discussion-35mts
11.00am-11.30m Tea/Coffee
Session 2
11.30-12.45pm
Economic Policy Road Map- Is Sri Lanka on the Right Path?
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Saman Kelegama- Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka-(25mts)

  • Speaker (10 mts each):
  • 1. Mr. Roshan Rajadurai –Chairman, The Planters' Association of Ceylon.
  • 2. Mr. Jonathan Alles -Managing Director/CEO- Hatton National Bank PLC
  • 3. Mr. W.K.H. Wegapitya- Chairman, Laugfs Holdings Ltd.

  • Special Inputs (8 mts each):
  • a) Mrs. Nayana Karunarthane, Proprietor - Salon Nayana.
  • b) Mr. Sumal Perera- Chairman, Access Group of Companies.
  • c) Capt. Ajith Pieris- Vice Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Janaki Kurrupu
12.45pn – 1.45pm (Lunch)
Session 3
02.00pm-4.00pm
“The Political Economy of Managing Middle Income Country Aspirations”
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke – Former Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva, Former Ambassador to France and UNESCO (25 mts)

  • Speakers (10 minutes each):
  • 1. Mr. Kulatunga Rajapaksa- Managing Director, DSI Group 2. Mr. Samatha Kumarasinghe-Managing Director, Natures Secret Creations
  • 3. Mr. Chris Dharmakirti- Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA)

  • Special Inputs (8 minutes each):
  • a) Prof. Howard Nicholas- Associate Professor in Economics of Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • b) Mr Arun Thambimuttu-Economist & Political Analyst.
  • c) Dr. Mohan Samaranayake – Journalist, Former Director News at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Q&A -40mts
  • MODERATOR: Prof. W D Lakshman –President SLAPE
04:05pm-04:20 p.m –Selective Summary of the Day’s Discussions - Prof. Danny Attaputtu
Closure of the ‘Sri Lanka Economic Forum-2017’