ADB South Asia Research Department (SARD) Economists’ Conference

The ADB South Asia Research Department (SARD) Economists’ Conference took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, during 4-5 December 2012.

International Symposium on ‘Agriculture and Environment 2012’, Faculty of Agriculture

Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Officer, IPS, made a presentation on “The TRIPs Agreement in Protecting New Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Traditional Knowledge in Sri Lanka” at the International Symposium on ‘Agriculture and Environment’ which was held at, and organized by the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ruhuna.

International Conference on ‘Value Chains for Inclusive Development – Lessons and Policies for South Asia’, BRAC Centre Inn

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer, IPS and Ashani Abayasekara, Research Assistant, IPS participated as resource persons at an International Conference on “Value Chains for Inclusive Development:

National Policy Dialogue on ‘The Taxation Link in Sri Lanka’s Development: Emerging Issues

IPS together with the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) organized the National Policy Dialogue at the IPS Conference Room on 23rd November 2012. The Dialogue, was attended by top officials from the Department of Inland Revenue and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, university academics, as well as representatives from civil society organizations like Transparency International and Plan Sri Lanka.

IPS Annual National Conference, “How Can Sri Lanka Stay on the Growth Expressway?

The IPS Annual National Conference on the theme “How Can Sri Lanka Stay on the Growth Expressway?”, took place at the IPS Auditorium on 7th November 2012.

17th Joint Committee Meeting of Business Cooperation Committees to mark the 60th Anniversary of Japan-Sri Lanka Diplomatic Relations

A full day conference to mark the 60th Anniversary of Japan-Sri Lanka Diplomatic Relations took place at the BMICH on 6th December 2012.

Launch of the ‘Regional Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: South and South-West Asia Development Report 2012-13’ prepared by UN-ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office

The ‘Regional Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: South and South-West Asia Development Report 2012-13’ features a foreword by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and an Executive Summary by Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director of ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office and ESCAP’s Chief Economist.

ARTNeT Conference on Empirical and Policy Issues of Integration in Asia and the Pacific

ARTNeT Conference on ‘Empirical and Policy Issues of Integration in Asia and the Pacific’, took place at the Hotel Galadari during 1 – 2 November 2012. The conference theme was competitiveness and economic diversification.

Global Development Network (GDN) Regional Workshop

GDN Regional Workshop on “Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agriculture Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia,” took place at the Galle Face Hotel during 22nd and 23rd October 2012.

Regional Conference on “Strengthening Cooperation between Members of Parliament and the Private Sector in Making Public Private Partnerships More Effective”

Dr. Malathy Knight, Research Fellow and Head, Industry, Public Enterprise Reform and Regulatory Policy Research was invited to make a Key Note Presentation at a Regional Conference on “Strengthening Cooperation between Members of Parliament and the Private Sector in Making Public Private Partnerships More Effective”, jointly organized by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and The Asia Foundation (TAF), in Dhaka on the 20th October, 2012.

MIM-CPM International Management Conference

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS, was a speaker at the MIM-CPM International Management Conference 2012 organized by the Malaysian Institute of Management and the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, held on the 17th of October 2012 at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.

Regional Consultation on Human Development in South Asia

Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow, IPS, served as a panelist at the Regional Consultation on Human Development in South Asia, co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) in Kathmandu, Nepal during 10-11 October 2012.

IMF-World Bank 2012 Annual Meeting

IPS Executive Director was invited as a Discussant for the IMF-World Bank Civil Society Town Hall Meeting of the IMF-World Bank 2012 Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan.

Launch of the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012 (UNDP)

The launch of the Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012 (UNDP) titled, “Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development,” took place on October 5, 2012 at the IPS.

Regional Symposium on ‘Universalization of Social Security in South Asia’

Dr Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow, attended the Regional Symposium on ‘Universalization of Social Security in South Asia’ jointly organized by the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), in Kathmandu, Nepal during 3-4 October, 2012.

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), commemoration – ‘ World Tourism Day 2012’

Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS served as a resource person at the Seminar titled “Tourism and Sustainable Energy” organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), to mark the World Tourism Day 2012 at Ramada Hotel, Colombo on 27th of September, 2012.

Training Programme on Research Methodology for Department of Manpower and Employment, Productivity Secretariat

IPS successfully conducted a four day training programme on Research Methodology for the officers of the Research Division of Department of Manpower and Employment, at the Productivity Secretariat, of the Ministry of Productivity Promotion, Colombo, during 24th to 27th September, 2012.

5th South Asia Economic Summit

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist of IPS were resource persons at the 5th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), held in Islamabad, Pakistan during 11 - 13 September, 2012. It was organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan.

Workshop on ‘Experimental Design for Savings and Payments Research: South Asia,’

IPS, in partnership with the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), organized a training workshop on “Experimental Design for Savings and Payments Research” from 10-13 September 2012, at the IPS Conference Room.

Communication Policy Research South 7 – Young Scholar Seminar Programme

Buddhika Brahmanage, Research Assistant, IPS, won a competitive scholarship to attend the Communication Policy Research South 7 – Young Scholar Seminar Programme.

‘Expert Voices’, panel discussion on “The Jobs Challenge”

IPS ‘Talking Economics’ hosted a unique networking event and ‘Expert Voices’ panel discussion on “The Jobs Challenge” on Wednesday 22nd August from 6 to 8pm in the IPS Executive Lounge.

Dissemination workshop on “Social Protection Index and Incorporation of Social Protection Module in Household Income and Expenditure Survey”

IPS organized a dissemination workshop on “Social Protection Index and Incorporation of Social Protection Module in Household Income and Expenditure Survey” with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila on 3rd August, at the IPS Conference Room.

Seminar on ‘Trade Facilitation in South Asia: Addressing Barriers to Foster Trade Chain

A seminar on ‘Trade Facilitation in South Asia: Addressing Barriers to Foster Trade Chain,’ organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, took place at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo on 13th July, 2012.

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2012

The Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2012, took place at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel during 10 – 12 July. The summit was organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Discussion: Hon. K. Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore visits IPS

Hon. K. Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore who was on an official visit to Sri Lanka during 29 May-1 June 2012, visited the IPS on 1st June with a delegation of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and business leaders.

Regional Seminar on “Emerging Issues on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security: Way Forward for South Asia”

A Regional Seminar on “Emerging Issues on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security: Way forward for South Asia” organized by IPS, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics, and Environment (SAWTEE) and Oxfam Novib took place on 31 May – 1 June 2012 at the IPS Auditorium.

Seminar: ‘What will South Asia look like in 2025?’

A Seminar on ‘What will South Asia look like in 2025?’ was organized by IPS and The World Bank and took place at the IPS Auditorium on the 24th of May, 2012. The seminar was based on the book: ‘Reshaping Tomorrow: Is South Asia Ready for the Big Leap,’ edited by Ejaz Ghani, Economic Advisor to South Asia PREM, World Bank.

Launch of ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific – 2012’

The latest United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) report:‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012: Pursuing Shared Prosperity in an Era of Turbulence and High Commodity Prices’ was launched on 10th May, 2012, at the IPS Auditorium.

Signing of MOU between IPS and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University of Singapore

A delegation from the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University Singapore, visited the IPS on 25th April 2012. The delegation headed by the ISAS Chairman, Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, included Professor Tan Tai Yong, Director of ISAS, Dr. Razeen Sally and Ms. Gloria Spittal of the ISAS.

Meeting with the Governance Institutes Network International (GINI), Pakistan

Executive Director, met with Daniyal Aziz, Advisor, and Usama Ahmed, Manager/Research, Governance Institutes Network International (GINI), Pakistan, at IPS, 24th April 2012.

World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist – IPS, attended the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. (16-22 April, 2012) representing Sri Lanka, and part of a 8 member South Asian youth delegation.

Launch of two Volumes on, ‘Economic & Social Development Under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka’, Felicitation for Prof. Buddhadasa Hewavitharana

The IPS and the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Peradeniya launched two Volumes on “Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime” edited by Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the IPS and Dileni Gunawardena, Senior Lecturer of the University of Peradeniya.

Seminar on ’Exploring the Potential for Sri Lanka-Vietnam Economic Cooperation

IPS together with the Embassy of Vietnam organized a seminar on ’Exploring the Potential for Sri Lanka-Vietnam Economic Cooperation’ on 30th March 2012, at the IPS Auditorium.

IPS University Forum

IPS held a workshop and interactive dialogue -“IPS University Forum” – with over fifty undergraduates and lecturers from Universities across the country, during 21 – 23 March 2012, at the IPS Auditorium.

High-Level Policy Workshop “South Asia Region Urbanization Knowledge Platform Launch: Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Inclusive Growth for South Asian Cities”

IPS, together with the World Bank, organized a High-Level Policy Workshop, on “South Asia Region Urbanization Knowledge Platform Launch: Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Inclusive Growth for South Asian Cities”, during March 20th- 21st, 2012 at l Cinnamon Grand Hote, Colombo.

World Consumer Rights Day Forum

The IPS together with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL) organized a forum on Consumer Rights to mark the World Consumer Rights Day at the IPS Auditorium on 15th March 2012.

Policy Dialogue on ‘Equity & Well-Being: Measurement & Policy Practice – Sri Lankan Perspective’

The IPS together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a Policy Dialogue on ‘Equity & Well-Being: Measurement & Policy Practice - Sri Lankan Perspective’ at the IPS Auditorium on 13th March 2012.

IDRC TTI Regional Meeting

The IDRC TTI Regional Meeting of 16 South Asian grantee institutions took place at Mysore, during 4-6 March 2012. The meeting was organized by the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), India.

Launch of the Report and Discussion on ‘More and Better Jobs in South Asia: Sri Lankan Perspectives’

Launch of the Report and Discussion on ‘More and Better Jobs in South Asia: Sri Lankan Perspective took place on 1st March 2012 at the IPS Auditorium. The event was jointly organized by the World Bank and IPS.

Brainstorming Session on World Bank Report ‘Equity and Human Development in South Asia’

The IPS, together with the World Bank, hosted a brainstorming session on the next edition of the World Bank’s South Asia Development Matters flagship report series on ‘Equity and Human Development in South Asia’ at the IPS Conference Room on 1st March 2012.

High-Level Sub Regional Forum on ‘Accelerating Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in South Asia and the launch of the Asia-Pacific MDG Report 2011-2012: Closing the Gap in Health and Nutrition’ Claridges Hotel

A High-Level Sub Regional Forum on ‘Accelerating Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in South Asia and the launch of the Asia-Pacific MDG Report 2011-2012: Closing the Gap in Health and Nutrition’, organized by the UN-ESCAP, ADB, and UNDP took place at the Claridges Hotel, Delhi, India, 17-18 February.

Handing Over of Report of the Committee on Industrial Estates Issues

A four-member committee appointed by the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Hon. Douglas Devananda, tasked with investigating issues related to IDB Industrial Estates, submitted its Final Report and held a de-briefing at the Ministry premises on14th February 2012.

‘South Asian Regional Consultation on Human Development Report & Measurement of Human Development Progress’

A ‘South Asian Regional Consultation on Human Development Report & Measurement of Human Development Progress’ organized by the IPS, UNDP Human Development Report Office, New York and UNDP – Sri Lanka took place at the IPS Auditorium during 30-31 January, 2012.

Book Launch: ‘Marx’s Theory of Price & Its Modern Rivals’

The Book Launch of ‘Marx’s Theory of Price and Its Modern Rivals’ by Howard Nicholas, Published by Palgrave, Macmillan, 2011, took place on the 20th January, 2012, at the IPS Auditorium.

Ambassador of Vietnam in Sri Lanka and Counselor visit IPS

Ambassador of Vietnam in Sri Lanka, Ton Sinh Thanh and Counselor, Phung Trong Tuan, made a courtesy call at the IPS and met the Executive Director to discuss possible collaboration of the Vietnam Embassy with the IPS to organize a conference on Economic Relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka.