IPS 2nd Retreat – ’Growing Together’ – A full day interactive programme

IPS 2nd Retreat - ’Growing Together’ - A full day interactive programme with activities/games focussing on the importance of team work and personal leadership to achieve our ‘Vision’, ‘Mission’ and ‘Strategic Objectives’ for the next five years took place on Friday, 20th December at Hotel Club Dolphin.

Regional Consultation on the ‘Sri Lanka National Human Development Report – Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development

The Regional Consultation on the ‘Sri Lanka National Human Development Report –Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development’ took place on 3rd December, 2013 at the District Secretary/ Government Agent’s Auditorium, Batticaloa, amidst elected and Government Officials from across the Eastern Province, together with NGO partners and UN representatives.

Conference & Launch of the Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) for 2013

The Conference & Launch of the Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) for 2013 themed, ‘Turning the Tide: Towards Inclusive Trade and Investment’ was held at the IPS Auditorium on November 26, 2013. The conference was organized by IPS together with the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT).

‘Frontiers in Development Policy: Innovative Development Case Studies’,

IPS Research Economist Anushka Wijesinha participated in a workshop on ‘Frontiers in Development Policy: Innovative Development Case Studies’ organized by the World Bank Institute and KDI School of Public Policy and Management, held at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul, 21-22 November 2013.

Special Lecture at KDI School of Public Policy and Management

IPS Research Economist Anushka Wijesinha delivered a Special Lecture on ‘Post-war Growth and Tackling the Middle-income Transition: New Miracle in the Indian Ocean?’ at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, South Korea, on 14th November 2013.

Commonwealth Business Forum 2013

The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) commenced on 12th November 2013 at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Chaired a session on ‘Sri Lanka: Trading Hub for the Indian Ocean and SAARC’.

Commonwealth Youth Forum, International Convention Centre

IPS Executive Director made a presentation on “Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Young People in Sri Lanka” at the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 held at the International Convention Centre at Hambantota on 10th November 2013.

Dr. Gamani Corea, former Chairman of the IPS (1989 – 2006)

Dr. Gamani Corea, former Chairman of the IPS (1989 – 2006) passed away on 2nd November, 2013. Dr. Corea was the founder Chairman of the Institute and played a key role in steering the IPS in its formative years.

13th Council of Ministers Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the IPS represented Sri Lanka as the spokesman for the Indian Ocean Region Academic Group (IORAG), at the 13th Council of Ministers Meeting held in Perth, Australia during 29th October to 1st November 2013.

Technology Justice – Session Guide, Mihilaka Medura

Chatura Rodrigo, Research Economist, IPS, was a Speaker at the ‘Technology Justice – Session Guide’ organized by Practical Action on 25th October at Mihilaka Medura, BMICH, Colombo.

The National Workshop on Reform and Development of Public Enterprises

The National Workshop on Reform and Development of Public Enterprises was held at the Grand Monarch, Talawatugoda during 21-22 October 2013. Chairman, IPS, Prof. W.D. Lakshman and Executive Director, IPS, Dr. Saman Kelegama, chaired two sessions.

IPS Annual National Conference, “Sri Lanka’s Transition to a Middle Income Economy”

IPS Annual National Conference on the theme “Sri Lanka’s Transition to a Middle Income Economy”, took place at the IPS Auditorium on 15th October 2013.

Interactive Session and Workshop on Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs in the Tea Sector”

Chatura Rodrigo, Research Economist, IPS participated at the “Interactive Session and Workshop on Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs in the Tea Sector”, organized by the National Development Bank in partnership with Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, on 4th October 2013.

The 6th South Asia Economic Summit

The 6th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), organized by the IPS took place during 2nd – 4th September at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, 2013.

South Asia Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Strengthening National Food Security Strategies

Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, was a member of the High Level Panel on Regional Cooperation for Food Security in South Asia and made a presentation on ‘National Food Security Strategies and Pathways to Increased Regional Cooperation’ at the ‘South Asia Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Strengthening National Food Security Strategies’, organized by the ESCAP Sub Regional Office, South & South West Asia, New Delhi, India, during 13- 14 August, 2013.

Signing of the Trust Deed

A Trust Fund was set up to manage the IPS Endowment Fund and the Trust Deed was signed on 6 August at the IPS Board Room. The Trustees will manage the IPS Endowment Fund here-in-after. The Trustees, viz., Dr. Wickrema Weerassoria, Mr. Moksevi Prelis, Dr. Lloyd Fernando, Prof. W. D. Lakshman (Ex-Officio) and Dr. Saman Kelegama (Ex-Officio) were present at this occasion.

Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council 10th AGM

IPS Research Economist Anushka Wijesinha was the Key Note Speaker at the 10th AGM of the Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council where he spoke on the topic ‘Clarity or Confusion?: The Global Economy and Sri Lanka’. Minister for Technology and Research, Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka was the Chief Guest at this event.

The 4th Biennial International Conference on ‘Evaluation for Change’

IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo made a presentation on ‘Evaluation of Public Interest’ at the 4th Biennial International Conference on ‘Evaluation for Change', Mount Lavinia Hotel, during 24 – 27th July, 2013.

Symposium on ‘Coping with Climate Change: Sharing Experiences and Challenges from Rural Sri Lanka

IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo presented a paper on ‘Fighting Climate Change through Community Based Adaptation (CBA): Assessment of the Factors that Determine the People’s Willingness to Take Part in CBA in Agriculture Sector’ at the symposium on ‘Coping with Climate Change: Sharing Experiences and Challenges from Rural Sri Lanka’ organized by the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) of UNDP on July 16 and 17 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister for Disaster Management was the Chief Guest at the event.

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2013

Several members of the IPS research staff participated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2013, which took place at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel during 09 – 11 July. The theme of this year’s summit was ‘Re-balancing the Economy’.

Regional Consultation on ‘Road to Bali: South Asian Priorities for the ninth WTO Ministerial’ and Regional Training of Economic Journalists on ‘Trade, Climate Change and Food Security’

The 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO (MC9) is due to be held in Bali, Indonesia from the 2nd - 3rd December this year. Going forward from the 8th Ministerial conference held in 2011, there are high expectations from MC9 to deliver on the Doha Development Agenda through multilateral trade reform.

GDN 14th Annual Global Development Conference on ‘Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth

The IPS organized a session on ‘Social Protection for Inclusive Growth: Issues and Challenges’ at the 14th Annual Global Development Conference on ‘Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth’ organized by the Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, the East Asian Development Network and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, held at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila, Philippines from 19-21 June 2013.

International Conference on ‘Mainstreaming Migration to the Development Agenda: The South Asian Experience

International Conference on ‘Mainstreaming Migration to the Development Agenda: The South Asian Experience’ was organized by IPS together with FES (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), during 13-14 June, 2013.

Regional Conference on “South Asian Economic Integration- A Strategic and Economic Appraisal

Regional Centre for Strategic Studies in partnership with the IPS and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized a regional conference on "South Asian Economic Integration- A Strategic and Economic Appraisal", at the Taj Samudra Hotel during 11-12th June 2013.

Workshop and the Launch of the ‘South Asia Research Network on Employment for Inclusive Growth’ (SARNEIG)

The workshop on ‘South Asia Research Network on Employment for Inclusive Growth’ jointly organized by the Institute for Human Development (IHD), UN-ESCAP, International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) was held at the India International Center, New Delhi on 21-22 May 2013.

Launch of the “Handbook on the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement,” Upper Crystal Ballroom

In an event jointly organized by the Indian High Commission and the IPS on the 15th of May, the ‘Handbook on the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement’, was launched in an effort to increase awareness of, and reduce misconceptions regarding the Free Trade Agreement signed between the two countries in 1998 (and came in to force in 2000).

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS, Highlighted in ’40 Under 40’, in the Echelon Magazine

Echelon – A monthly magazine which covers in depth, Sri Lanka’s most successful businesses examines their winning strategies and profiles their leaders in immersive stories. In its ‘40 UNDER 40’ Feature, Echelon highlights young innovators, disruptors, thought leaders and builders of businesses who touched the lives of people all over the world by creating jobs, influencing actions and developing new ways of doing things. IPS staff member, Research Economist, Anushka Wijesinha has been selected as one among the forty.

Improving Women’s Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka

Despite being a middle income country, and having exemplary social development levels when compared to its regional peers, Sri Lanka has one of the lowest rates of female participation in the workforce in the world. In a recently concluded study by the World Bank, this fact was further explored and recommendations were made based on the findings of the study.

International Conference on Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Trends, Challenges, and Prospects

International Conference on Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Trends, Challenges, and Prospects was organized by the RIS, India; Commonwealth Secretariat, UK; and Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and was held at the India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India, during 2-3 May 2013.

6th South Asia Economic Summit to be Sri Lanka’s first CarbonNeutral® Conference

IPS obtained global CarbonNeutral® certification for the 6th South Asia Economic Summit that it is hosting in September this year. The press briefing in this regard took place on 30th April 2013, at the IPS Executive Lounge.

Launch of the UN-ESCAP Economic and Social Survey of the Asia and the Pacific – 2013

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) organized several global launches for the Survey Report on the 18th of April 2013, with the Sri Lankan launch taking place in partnership with the IPS and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

South Asian Regional Conference on ‘Participatory Approach to Address Non-Tariff Barriers in Regional Trade

The South Asian Regional Conference on ‘Participatory Approach to Address Non-Tariff Barriers in Regional Trade’, took place during 11- 12th April in New Delhi India. The conference was organized by CUTS, Jaipur in collaboration with Asia Foundation in New Delhi, India. IPS was the Sri Lankan partner for both the Phase I and Phase II of the COECOSA Project.

Lecture on ‘New Directions for Sri Lankan Foreign Employment

A lecture on ‘New Directions for Sri Lankan Foreign Employment’, by Prof. Hisashi Nakamura, Professor of Economics, Ryukoku University, Japan, took place at the IPS Auditorium on 3rd April 2013.

Training Programme on Transformation of Supply and use Tables (SUT) to Symmetric Input-Output Tables (SIOTs):

Executive Director, IPS, addressed the inaugural session of the Training Programme on Transformation of Supply and Use Table to Symmetric Input-Output Tables at the Miloda Institute on 3rd April 2012. The Director Generals of the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) and the Department of National Planning (DNP) and the Chief Economist of the ADB in Sri Lanka also addressed the gathering.

World Consumer Rights Day Forum

The World Consumer Rights Day Forum took place on the 15th March at the IPS Auditorium. The Forum was jointly organized by the IPS and Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and was sponsored by “Socio-Economic Development for Conflict Affected Communities of North and East Sri Lanka” Project funded by EU and Implemented by Oxfam GB.

The 3rd Regional Meeting of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) and Resource Mobilization Workshop

The IPS -- a Think Tank Initiative (TTI) grantee of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada hosted the 3rd TTI Regional Meeting and Resource Mobilization Workshop, from 13th to 17th March 2013 at the Club Palm Bay, Marawila, Sri Lanka. Representatives from the 16 TTI grantee institutions in South Asia, donor agencies, and IDRC officials were in attendance.

Igniting the Power of Innovation in Sri Lanka

A seminar and panel discussion on ‘Igniting the power of innovation in Sri Lanka’ was organized by the IPS in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the 12th March 2013.

Launch of the Report ‘Migration Profile: Sri Lanka’

IPS together with the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare launched the Report ‘Migration Profile: Sri Lanka’ on 7th March 2013, at the IPS Auditorium, under the patronage of Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare.

Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’

Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, took place at the IPS Auditorium, on 14th February, 2013.

Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Dhaka Expert Group Meeting – Setting the Agenda

An Expert Group Meeting was held to discuss post-MDG agenda and identify a set of activities to be undertaken by the Southern Voice of Post-MDG in 2013 and 2014.