‘An Evaluation of the Implementation of Guidelines in School Canteens’, Ministry of Educational Services

A dissemination meeting on a study conducted by IPS, titled ‘An Evaluation of the Implementation of Guidelines in School Canteens’, was presented to the Secretary Mr. Anura Dissanayake, Ministry of Education on 15th December 2014.

International Conference on ‘Meeting the Challenges of Employment and Social Protection in South Asia

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS and Dr Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow, IPS, participated in the International Conference on ‘Meeting the Challenges of Employment and Social Protection in South Asia’ organized by the South Asia Research Network on Employment and Social Protection for Inclusive Growth (SARNET) in collaboration with the UN-ESCAP, ILO, IDRC, Canada and the Institute for Human Development (IHD), held in New Delhi, India on 14-16 December 2014.

Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association & Symposium, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI)

Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research officer, IPS, made a presentation on “Determinants of Milk Consumption in Sri Lanka” and Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Officer, IPS, made a presentation on “Improving Market Affordability and Accessibility of Milk and Milk Products in Sri Lanka”, at the 8th Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association & Symposium on “Convergence of Policies and Programmes for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture”.

IPS in partnership with Google conducts Round Table Discussion on “Digital Dynamism”

IPS recently conducted a Round Table discussion titled “Digital Dynamism”, with the aim of shaping a new narrative around innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

SASECT Trade Facilitation Week: Sanitary/ Phytosanitary and Technical Barriers to Trade Bangkok

IPS Research Officer Raveen Ekanayake was invited as a resource person to assist and advise the Sri Lankan delegation at the SASEC Trade Facilitation Week: Sanitary/Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) held in Thailand.

International Conference on ‘Jobs for Development Challenges and Solutions’

Dr Bileesha Weeraratne, Research Economist, made a presentation on ‘Labour Migration and Development: Perspectives from Sri Lanka’, at the International Conference on Jobs for Development:

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS — appointed as a Special Advisor to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist and Acting Head of Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit of IPS, was recently appointed as the Special Advisor on Industrial Development and Youth Entrepreneurship to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS, wins the ‘Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Sri Lanka Award 2014 for Personal Accomplishment’

The Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Sri Lanka Award 2014 for Personal Accomplishment, organized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Sri Lanka, was held at Water’s Edge on 11th November 2014.

Workshop on ‘Trade Analysis and Economic Integration in Pakistan-India Relations: The Regional Dimension’

IPS and InterAnalysis Ltd. are jointly organizing a five day workshop on ‘Trade Analysis and Economic Integration in Pakistan-India Relations: The Regional Dimension’ from 11th to 15th of November, 2014.

The 7th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES)

The 7th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) was held in New Delhi, India, from the 5th to 7th of November 2014. The theme of this year’s summit was ‘Towards a South Asia Economic Union’.

The Inaugural Gamani Corea Memorial Lecture, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, delivered the Inaugural Gamani Corea Memorial Lecture organized by the Gamani Corea Foundation on 3rd November 2014 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS).

Presentation on the 3rd MDG Sri Lanka Draft Report, United Nations Mission

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, made a presentation on the 3rd Millennium Development Goals Sri Lanka draft report prepared by the IPS team on UN Day at the UN Mission in Colombo on 24th October 2014.

Workshop on Environmental Management Practices in Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka

he IPS organized a dissemination workshop of an IPS study on Environmental Management Practices in Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka, funded by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) on the 14th October 2014, at the IPS Auditorium

Advisory Committee Meeting

IPS set up an Advisory Committee for the study on “South Asian Country Study on Products with Regional Trade Potential and Associated Non-tariff Barriers, with Special Focus on Women Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (WMSMEs) A Case of Sri Lanka” to provide guidance and technical input to the IPS research team to ensure the policy relevance and quality of research outputs.

14th Ministerial of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, was a delegate with the government of Sri Lanka team at the 14th Ministerial of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in Perth, Australia during 6-9 October 2014.

Stakeholder Meeting on Developing Research Agenda on Migration and Development

With aim of developing research agenda on Migration and Development , the IPS organized a stakeholder meeting on September 23, 2014 at the 2nd Floor IPS Conference Room to prioritize research themes and issues to better cater to development priorities and policy requirements of Sri Lanka.

Presentation of the Study on China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, spoke on the ‘Importance of FTAs for Market Access and Development’ at the Seminar on ‘Potential Sectors for Trade with China under a FTA’ organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held on 1st of September, 2014 at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo.

Regional Conference on “Multi-Stakeholder Inputs for the 18th SAARC Summit – Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection in South Asia”

Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow, IPS, participated and contributed to the Regional Conference on “Multi-Stakeholder Inputs for the 18th SAARC Summit – Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection in South Asia” organized by the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held during 21-22 August, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Regional Dialogue: Paths to Women’s Economic Empowerment in IORA Countries

Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer, participated the “Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Dialogue Event - Paths to Women’s Economic Empowerment, with a Focus on Tourism and Textiles in IORA Countries”, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during 17-19 August 2014.

International Conference on Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka

The IPS organized a conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”. The conference took place on 14th of August as a component of the IPS project Meeting the Development Challenges of Migration (MED_MIG), which is funded by the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) - a multi-donor program managed by Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS wins First Prize for the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development

Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS won the First Prize for the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) in the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition of the Global Development Network (GDN). This year, 388 submissions from 72 countries had been received for the Competition.

Workshop on Establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment for the Indian Ocean Rim Countries

The IPS, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs organized a regional workshop on “Establishing a Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Ocean Sciences and Environment for the Indian Ocean Rim Countries” from 30 June to 1 July 2014 at Hilton Colombo.

Seminar on ‘China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement’

Dr Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, delivered the Keynote Address at the ‘China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement’ seminar organized by the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka at Taj Samudra Hotel on 15 July 2014.

Project Advisory Committee Meeting and the Researchers’ Meeting of the South Asian Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit Project

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS and Suwendrani Jayaratne, Research Officer, IPS participated in the ‘Project Advisory Committee Meeting’ and the ‘Researchers’ Meeting’ of the ‘South Asian Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit Project’.

Workshop on “Promoting Productive Social Protection & Labour Systems in Sri Lanka for Inclusive Growth: Developing an Integrated Social Protection & Labour Strategy”

IPS, Department of National Planning of the Ministry of Finance and Planning together with the World Bank organized a workshop on “Promoting Productive Social Protection & Labour Systems in Sri Lanka for Inclusive Growth:

Fourth Regional Meeting of Think Tank Initiative (TTI-RM4), ‘Asia in the New World: Emerging Research Themes’

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon (Deputy Director) and Dr. Nisha Arunatilake (Fellow) participated at the Fourth Regional Meeting of Think Tank Initiative (TTI-RM4). The focus of this meeting held during 9-10 June in Kathmandu, Nepal, was on the needs for and the ways of greater cooperation among think tanks in the region.

Book Launch: IPS and Oxfam Joint Publication ‘Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka’

The publication was based on a study done by IPS in five districts of the country (Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Moneragala and Matale).

IPS Knowledge Contributions at the World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014

The WCY 2014 which was held during 6th-10th May was successfully concluded with the aim of mainstreaming youth in the post 2015 development agenda. The IPS is pleased to have been part of the conference both as a key knowledge as well as a resource partner.

South Asian Regional Conference on Women, Work & Poverty, Islamabad

Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer, made a presentation on ‘Gender Equality and Empowering Young Women in Sri Lanka’ at the South Asian Regional Conference on Women, Work & Poverty held at Marriot Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Project Meeting, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, represented the IPS at a project meeting for a new global research project titled 'Health Inequalities and Access to Social Security for Informal Workers in Latin America, Africa and Asia: Sharing Lessons Learned'.

Technical Workshop on ‘Updating and Improving the Social Protection Index’ – Asian Development Bank

Dr Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow, IPS, participated in the technical workshop on ‘Updating and Improving the Social Protection Index’ organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), held in Manila, Philippines during 3-4 April 2014.

Seminar on ‘Dr. Gamani Corea’s Contribution to Domestic & International Economic Policy’

A half day seminar was organized to pay tribute to late Dr. Gamani Corea by the Gamani Corea Foundation (GCF), IPS and the Marga Institute.

“Deconstructing South-South Cooperation: A South Asia Perspective”

Executive Director, IPS, Dr. Saman Kelegama made a presentation on ‘The South Asian Experience with South-South Cooperation: The Case of Sri Lanka’ and was a Discussant to the Session on “The Framework for South-South Cooperation, Modalities, and Experience” at the Southern Voices on Post-MDG International Development Goals dialogue on “Deconstructing South-South Cooperation: A South Asia Perspective”.

Special Tribute Seminar in Honour of Dr. Gamani Corea, Palais des Nation

Executive Director, IPS, Dr. Saman Kelegama, spoke on Gamani Corea’s Contribution to Commodity Price Stabilization at the Special Tribute Seminar in Honour of Dr. Gamani Corea organized by the South Centre in Geneva on 20th March 2014.

Launching the ‘Meeting the Development Challenges of Migration (MED_MIG) Project’

IPS recently launched the ‘Meeting the Development Challenges of Migration (MED_MIG) Project’, which aims to facilitate and conduct and timely research to fill knowledge gaps in developing effective policies to maximize development benefits of migration. The project is funded by the End of Phase 1 Opportunity Fund of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Forum on ‘Startup Lessons Learned: Building of Sri Lankan Tech Ecosystem’

Sri Lanka’s innovation landscape is rapidly evolving with many new technology-based firms starting up in the last few years. IPS Research Economist Anushka Wijesinha was a panelist at a recent event which was the first of its kind to explore the emergence of “tech entrepreneurship” in Sri Lanka, the lessons learned from ongoing initiatives, and what more is needed to grow the sector.

Meeting with Director General and team, Department of Western Region Development, National Development and Reform Commission of P. R. China

A delegation led by Mr. Qin Yucai, Director General, Department of Western Region Development, National Development and Reform Commission of P. R. China (NDRC) met with Executive Director, IPS, and Janaka Wijayasiri, Research Fellow, IPS, to discuss “Economic Belt Along Silk Road” and “Silk Road on Sea (Maritime Silk Road - MSR)” based on the idea to improve maritime connectivity and common development:

President’s Awards for Scientific Publication 2007, 2008, 2009

Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS won the Presidential Award for Scientific Publications at the ‘President’s Awards for Scientific Publication 2007, 2008, 2009’, organized by the National Research Council of Sri Lanka.

Invest in East’, the First International Investment Forum of Eastern Sri Lanka

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS was the Key Note Speaker at the ‘Invest in East’ Forum, organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Production and Development, Rural Industries Development, and Fisheries of the Eastern Province, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Investment Promotion at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo, on 17th January 2014.

Panel Discussion on ‘Mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda with Special Focus on the WCY 2014’,

Chatura Rodrigo, Research Economist, IPS was a member at the panel discussion on ‘Mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda with Special Focus on the World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014’ organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, National Youth Services Council, held at the BMICH on 4th January 2014.