3rd South Asia Economic Summit

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha and Suwendrani Jayaratne, Research Officers of IPS were resource persons at the 3rd South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), held in Katmandu, Nepal during 17th -19th December, 2010.

Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on ‘Non-Tariff Measures in Sri Lanka’, at the Union Ballroom

A Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on 'Non-Tariff Measures in Sri Lanka' was held on 22nd November 2010 at the Hilton Colombo Residence, Colombo.

International Conference on “Institutionalizing Regional Approaches to Migration Management in South Asia”

The IPS in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized an International Conference on “Institutionalizing Regional Approaches to Migration Management in South Asia” on 19th November 2010 at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.

Advanced Briefing Programme on Critical Strategic and Economic Themes for the Future’, organized by the Indian Council on Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER),

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, participated in the ‘Advanced Briefing Programme on Critical Strategic and Economic Themes for the Future’, organized by the Indian Council on Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), held in New Delhi, India, during from 8-20th November 2010.

Education Finance and Decentralization in Asia: Implications for Service Delivery

Nisha Arunatilake presented a paper at the above regional seminar organized by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand. Her presentation was on “Formula Funding and Decentralized Management of Schools – Has it Improved Resource Allocation in Schools in Sri Lanka ?”

IPS Releases its Annual “Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2010” report

The “State of the Economy” report is the flagship annual publication of the IPS that analyses in detail Sri Lanka’s economic performance and explores emerging development challenges for the country.

Premila Gamage, Librarian, IPS, awarded the Honorary Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 2010.

Premila Gamage, Librarian, IPS, was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 2010, for her efforts to bring library and information services to youth in remote regions of the Island and her deep commitment to fostering education.

Conference: ‘Reforming Services for Inclusive and Sustainable Development of Asia and the Pacific’

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS. participated in a conference on 'Reforming Services for Inclusive and Sustainable Development of Asia and the Pacific' organized jointly by ARTNeT of UNESCAP and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), in Bali, Indonesia, during 11-12th October 2010.

Conference on Trade Facilitation Issues Related to the India – Sri Lanka FTA, Salon Orchid

A conference on Trade Facilitation Issues Related to the India – Sri Lanka FTA was held on 1st October, 2010 at the Salon Orchid, Galadari Hotel, Colombo, and it was jointly organized by IPS and UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok.

Launch: Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2008-2009: Sri Lanka Country Report

The MDG 2008/2009 Sri Lanka Country Report was launched with the participation of Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr Sarath Amunugama, as the Chief Guest, UNDP Resident Representative, Neil Buhne, Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Fredric Abeyratna,UNDP – Colombo, and P. Sumanapala,Additional Director General-Department of National Planning, and many distinguished participants at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.

“Globalization and Labour: New Global Strategies to Organize Work, Impact on Labour, and the Reactions of Society”, a training course, jointly organized by IPS & ISS

The training course was jointly organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), and the International Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), the Hague, The Netherlands.

Workshop on Collaborative Research on South Asian Tax Systems, Furama City Hotel

Executive Director and Deputy Director made presentations at a Workshop on South Asian Tax Systems organized by the Governance Institutes Network International (GINI) with the sponsorship of IDRC. The Workshop took place at Furama City Hotel, Singapore during 8-9 August, 2010.

International Conference on “Policy Priorities for Foreign Aid Reform in South Asia”

The IPS organized a conference, in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES), on “Policy Priorities for Foreign Aid Reform in South Asia” during 29th-30th July 2010 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.

Chinese Delegation Visits IPS

Li Shaoxian, Vice President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Hu Shisheng, Deputy Director, Institute of South and South East Asian Studies (ISSEAS), CICIR, together with two Research Fellows of ISSEAS, CICIR, met the Executive Director of the IPS to learn about the growing economic relations between China and Sri Lanka.

Regional Consultation Seminar on South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round, Earl’s Court

Regional Consultation Seminar on South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round was Jointly organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and Consumer Unity & Trust Society [CUTS International], India, at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, 18 June, 2010.

8th General Meeting of the Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network

IPS was awarded a grant by the Poverty and Economic Policy Network (PEP) for a proposal on: “Will a Tax on Public Servants Improve Progressivity?” presented by Nisha Arunatilake at the 8th General Meeting of the Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network in Dakar, Senegal, during 14th to 18th June, 2010.

Conference: ‘Ten Years of the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement: Achievements, Challenges & the Road Ahead’

The Conference titled ‘Ten Years of the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement(ILFTA)’ was organized by IPS, the Centre for WTO Studies - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, the India-Sri Lanka Joint Business Council, and the Indo-Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and took place on the 24th and 25th of May.

Minister of Technology & Research visits IPS

Hon. Prof.Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Technology & Research, Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake, Secretary of the Ministry and Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Adviser to the Ministry, visited IPS on 18th May, 2010.

Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific Report

The launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific Report (ESCAP) Report took place at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) on 6th May, 2010. The theme of the Report was ‘Surging Ahead in Uncertain Times’.

Stakeholder Consultation on Identification of Potential Supply Chains in Textiles and Clothing Sector in South Asia, Queen’s Court

The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in collaboration with the UNCTAD India, the Centre for WTO Studies, India, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK, organised a Stakeholder Consultation on production fragmentation in the textile and clothing sector in South Asia. The Consultation took place at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo on the 4th of May 2010.

Regional Workshop at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila

A regional workshop on ‘Equity in the Delivery of Public Services in Selected Developing Member Countries’ took place on the 26th of April, 2010 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

IPS at the ‘Roundtable on SAFTA: A Precursor to 16th SAARC Summit’ organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with Friedrich Nauman Stiftung

Deshal de Mel and Suwendrani Jayaratne represented the IPS at the ‘Roundtable on SAFTA: A Precursor to 16th SAARC Summit’ organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with Friedrich Nauman Stiftung, during 20-21st April, 2010 in Kathmandu.

IPS Signs Contract with MIT to Implement a State-of-Art IT Infrastructure for its New Building Premises

IPS entered into a contract with Millennium Information Technologies to implement a state of art IT infrastructure in its New Building Complex, currently nearing completion, at the Independence Avenue, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

Conference: Trade Facilitation in South Asia: Prospects and Challenges for Regional Integration, Federation House (FPCCI)

A conference on ‘Trade Facilitation in South Asia: Prospects and Challenges for Regional Integration’ organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) in collaboration with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), took place at the FPCCI, Karachi, Pakistan on 3rd April, 2010.

Workshop: Proposal Writing Workshop on Environmental Economics and Policy

IPS in collaboration with the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) organized a Proposal Writing Workshop on Environmental Economics and Policy at Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara, during 30 March – 02 April 2010.

Book Launch: “Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia”

The book: “Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia – Beyond SAFTA” edited by Sadiq Ahmed, Saman Kelegama, and Ejaz Ghani,

Briefing the IMF Delegation Visiting Sri Lanka

Executive Director of the IPS briefed the visiting IMF delegation to Sri Lanka on the current state of the Sri Lankan economy and the progress of the Presidential Taxation Commission work on economic incentives.

Conference: “Asian Trade: The Way Forward”

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS made a presentation on “2010 and Beyond: Asia, South Asia and Sri Lanka” at the conference “Asian Trade: The Way Forward” organized by the Asian Development Dialogue held in association with the Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala, in Trivandrum, India on 13th February 2010.

11th Annual Global Development Conference organized by Global Development Networks (GDN)

Parakrama Samaratunga, Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Economic Policy Unit, made a presentation on “A Note on Agricultural Issues of Sri Lanka” in the parallel working sessions on “Shaping Agriculture and Trade Policies in Sub Saharan Africa & South Asia” at the 11th Annual Global Development Conference organized by Global Development Networks (GDN), 11-15 January 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.