Programme

25th July 2017 Day 01


08.00 hrs

Registration

08.30 - 10.30 hrs

Inaugral Session Accelerating Growth, Pushing for Performance

Keynote Speakers :

  • Hon Mangala Samaraweera - Minister of Finance and Mass Media
  • Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy – Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Panelists :
  • Hon Eran Wickramaratne – State Minister of Finance
  • Mr Rajendra Theagarajah - Chairman, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
  • Hon Dr Harsha De Silva - Deputy Minister Economic Development
  • Mr Sanjeev Sanyal - Principal Economist to the Ministry of Finance of India
Presentation :

10.30 - 11.00 hrs

Tea Break

11.00 - 12.30 hrs

Thematic Session 1 - Executing Reforms and Building Better Institutions

It is now well acknowledged that Sri Lanka cannot achieve faster economic growth and latch on to the many economic opportunities open to us without executing critical reforms. Evidence from other middle income countries also demonstrate that without building better institutions and implementation systems better qualit y growth – that is inclusive and sustained – cannot be achieved. Currently there are several international agencies and consultancy groups working on different aspects of Sri Lanka’s economic transformation agenda - from developing the Colombo International Financial City, to accelerating PPP projects, exports, FDI, and fast-tracking public sector implementation. What are the key insights for the private sector from these ongoing initiatives? How do the key specialists involved in these reform programmes see what must be undertaken in the next 2-3 years to drive the economy into high gear?

Presenters :

  • Mr Ganaka Herath - Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Mr Shashank Srivastava - Managing Director, WSD Consulting / former CEO Qatar Financial Centre
  • Mr Thilan Wijesinghe - Chairman, TWCorp

Panelist :

  • Hon Kabir Hashim - Minister of Public Enterprises Development
  • Mr Sunil Hettiarachchi - Secretary, Ministry of Education

Moderator :

  • Mr. Mano Tittawella - Chairman, EAP Group/Secretary General for Co-ordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms

Presentation :
12.30 - 13.30 hrs

Lunch

13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Thematic Session 2 - Executing a Smarter Trade Strategy Amidst Turbulence

Global trade has moderated, the multilateral trade integration agenda has stalled, and new turbulences are putting a strain on globalization. In the industrialised West, societies are placing pressure on their governments to do more to ensure trade is working for more people. As a consequence, tendencies towards protectionism are on the rise especially in subtle forms like non-tariff and regulatory barriers. Amidst this, Sri Lanka is embarking on a new trade reform effort, anchored to tariff liberalisation, preferential trade agreements, and export promotion. Is this a foolhardy strategy? Can Sri Lanka win? What must be done to realistically push forward? With these trends in the West, how can Sri Lanka latch on to growth in Asia, using ASEAN as a pivot?

Presenters :

  • Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja - Chair Global Economy Program, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies
  • Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh - Executive Director, Brookings India

Panelist :

  • Dr Dushini Weerakoon - Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies
  • Ms Elizabeth Ward - Special Negotiator, Office of Trade Negotiations, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr Eric Miller- President and Founder, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group

Moderator :

  • Mr Anushka Wijesinha - Chief Economist, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Presentation :
15.00 - 15.30 hrs

Tea Break

15.30 - 17.00 hrs

Thematic Session 3 - Transforming the Economy Through Technology

Technology is now a linchpin of economic progress and business competitiveness. Many of Sri Lanka’s key sectors are lagging due to a lack of technological advancement, and risk getting left behind in a dynamic and competitive global economy. Digital technologies in particular offer fast and feasible opportunities for transformation. This session will look at sectors in which technology offers transformative potential – manufacturing and agriculture in particular – and the national eco-system required to drive this change.

Presenters :

  • Prof Rohan Samarajiva - Founding Chair of LIRNEasia
  • Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam (retd) - Chief External & Corporate Affairs Officer

Panelist :

  • Prof Ajith De Alwis - Project Director, Co-ordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Mr Gehan Dias - General Manager, MillenniumIT
  • Mr Samantha Ranatunga - Managing Director, CIC Holdings PLC
  • Ms Linda Speldewinde - Founder, Academy of Design

Moderator :

  • Mr Dumindra Ratnayaka, Chairman, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and the Chairman of Martin & George (Pvt) Ltd

Presentation :
17.00 hrs

End of Sessions - Day 1

Refreshments / Networking

26th July 2017 Day 02

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Thematic Session 4 - Realizing New Competitiveness in Sri Lankan Manufacturing

Sri Lankan manufacturing industries are under pressure from multiple directions. Input costs are rising, amidst higher energy and labour costs. Import protection that has crept in over the years has helped some industries survive and grow, while hurting others due to higher intermediate input costs. Yet, Sri Lankan export manufacturing is successfully competing in a growing number of niches, and forthcoming trade agreements do offer new opportunities for industry. Meanwhile, to become a more agile manufacturing location, logistics and e-commerce need to become new priorities.

Presenters :

  • Mr Kushan Kodituwakku - Managing Director, Orel Corporation (Pvt) Ltd
  • Mr Arun Miranda - Managing Director - Trinity Steel (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka and Chairman & Managing Director - Astrotech Steels (Pvt) Ltd, India

Panelist :

  • Dr Mahesha Ranasoma - Managing Director, Dipped Products PLC
  • Mr Suresh Shah - Director / Chief Executive Officer, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC
  • Mr Sean Van Dort - Director - Logistics, MAS Holdings

Moderator :

  • Mr Deshal De Mel - Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance

Presentation :
10.30 - 11.00 hrs

Tea Break

11.00 - 12.30 hrs

Thematic Session 5 - Realizing the Potential of Mega Development Projects

Several mega projects underway in Sri Lanka significant opportunities for domestic and international businesses – for instance, the Western Region Megapolis and the Hambantota Logistics and Industrial Zone. Sri Lankan businesses are keen to leverage on these, but some are concerned that they will be spectators and not be able to fully capitalize. How can the private sector best latch on to these emerging business opportunities? What lessons can we learn from how global players executed mega projects in their countries?

Presenters :

  • Mr Hang Tian - Deputy General Manager, China Merchant Port Holdings Company Ltd
  • Mr Sanjay Ganesh Ubale - CEO / Managing Director of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd
  • Dr Qu Jian - VP of China Development Institute (CDI), Expert Committee Member, Ministry of Commerce of China

Panelist :

  • Ms Nadija Tambiah - Head of Legal, Secretarial and CSR, John Keells Holdings PLC
  • Mr Lakshman Jayasekara - Project Director, Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development

Moderator :

  • Mr Shamindra Kulamannage - Editor-in-Chief, Echelon Magazine

Presentation :
12.30 - 13.30 hrs

Lunch

13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Thematic Session 6 - Realizing a Greener Growth Path - Walking the Talk

As the world adopts the ‘Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ along with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Sri Lankan Presidential proclamation of a new ‘Sustainable Era’ and the impending Bill on Sustainable Development calls for a holistic and inclusive transformation. For a realistic transformation to be executed, businesses need to identify how they can support this agenda and benefit by greening the growth economic drivers, advancing social wellbeing and ensuring a low ecological footprint. This session will feature a conversation with a high profile thought leader discussing how businesses can best align and gain.

Presenters :

  • Dr Rae Kwon Chung - Former Principal Advisor on Climate Change, Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Mr Ralph van Doorn - Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank
  • Mr Sunil Sethi - Managing Director, Fonterra Brands Lanka

Panelist :

  • Dr Prasanthi Gunawardana - Senior Lecturer, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science
  • Mr Avanthi Jayathilaka - Director, Global Management Consultants
  • Mr Vidura Ralapanawa - General Manager - Environmental Sustainability, MAS Intimates

Moderator :

  • Mr Uchita De Zoysa - Chairman of Global Sustainability Solutions (GLOSS)

Presentation :
15.00 - 16.30 hrs

Thematic Session 7 - Belt and Road Initiative – Transformative Opportunity for Sri Lanka?

China is becoming a formidable player in this region, whether it is by implementing ambitious trade linkages spanning to Europe or financing strategic infrastructure facilities along the historic silk route. This session will discuss One Belt One Road (OBOR), Maritime Silk Route (MSR), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and what they mean for the Sri Lankan economy. What are the opportunities for attracting Chinese investment and partnership opportunities for LK businesses, what pitfalls to look out for, what political-economy concerns/implications?

Presenters :

  • Dr Amitendu Palit - Snr Research Fellow; Research Lead (Trade & Economic Policy), National University of Singapore
  • Dr Wen Zha - Associate Professor, China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU)
  • Mr Nihal Rodrigo - Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to China and the UN

Panelist :

  • Mr Jim McCabe - Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr Vish Govindasamy - Group Managing Director, Sunshine Holdings PLC

Moderator :

  • Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja - Chair Global Economy Program, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute

Presentation :
16.30 - 17.30 hrs

Thematic Session 8 - Transformative Solutions to Current National Challenges

Panelist :

  • Hon Eran Wickramaratne – State Minister of Finance
  • Hon Sunil Handunnetti - Member of Parliament
  • Hon Vidura Wickremanayake - Member of Parliament
  • Mr Dinesh Weerakkody - Chairman, National Human Resource Development Council of Sri Lanka
  • Hon Arjuna Sujeewa Senasinghe – State Minister of International Trade (tbc)
  • Hon Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe – Minister of Justice (tbc)

Moderator :

  • Mr Shehan Baranage - Executive Director – News & Current Affairs, EBC Networks
  • Hon Dr Harsha De Silva - Deputy Minister Economic Development

17.30 hrs

End of Session - Day 2

Refreshments / Networking
Close of Summit