Seminar on ‘Integrating Climate and Natural Resource Management into the Budget Process’, IPS Conference Room, 21 December 2016

Dr. Paul Steel, Chief Economist at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) spoke on “Integrating Climate and Natural Resource Management into the Budget Process” at an IPS in-house seminar.

A Visit by a Delegation of the China Development Institute (CDI)

A delegation from the China Development Institute (CDI), a think tank based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, visited the IPS and met with Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director and Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, Head of the International Economic Unit of the IPS.

The Think Tank Initiative’s (TTI) Regional Meeting and Data Visualization Workshop

The Data Visualization Workshop was held during 13th December, while the TTI 6th Regional Meeting was held during 14 – 15th December. IPS Deputy Director,Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Research Fellows, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna, Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri and Charmaine Wijesinghe, Manager Publications and Events, participated at both events.

SAEA 10th Annual Research Forum: Agriculture for Sustainable and Inclusive Development

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama delivered the key note address at the 10th Annual Research Forum of the Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) organized by the SAEA together in partnership with the IPS was held at the IPS Auditorium on 8th December 2016.

Prof. Premachandra Athukorala Felicitation Event & Book Launch

A Felicitation Event in Honour of prominent economist Prof. Premachandra Athukorala was held at the IPS on 6th December 2016.

Job Creation in Manufacturing Sector: Strategy for Sustainable Economic Growth in South Asia

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama and Research Assistant, Vishvanathan Subramaniam participated in a workshop on “Job Creation in Manufacturing Sector: Strategy for Sustainable Economic Growth in South Asia” held in New Delhi on the 5th of December.

The 12th International Micro-insurance Conference

IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, made a presentation on “Protecting Farmers from Climate-induced Risks: An Assessment of Crop Insurance in Sri Lanka” at the academic pre-conference organized by the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) of the Georgia State University.

Pros and Cons of Bilateral International Investment Treaties for Developing Countries

A seminar on Pros and Cons of Bilateral International Investment Treaties for Developing Countries was conducted by Dr. Manual Montes, Senior Advisor on Finance & Development, South Centre, Geneva at the IPS Premises.

Seminar on China-South Asia Relations

A delegation consisting of academics from the Peking University, and officials attached to the Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China visited the IPS.

Lessons Sharing and Policy Consultation Workshop to Ensure Food Security in Sri Lanka

IPS together with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SLAEA) organized a two-day workshop to discuss policy options on food security in Sri Lanka.

Capacity Building on Trade Policy Analysis

A National Workshop on Capacity Building on Trade Policy Analysis organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) together with IPS was held at the IPS Conference Room during 24-25 October 2016.

Conference on Promoting Responsible Investment and Technical Assistance

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne was a panelist at the discussion on “Leveraging opportunities for responsible investment by overseas Sri Lankans through new models for investment & entrepreneurship” at the two-day closed door discussion on “Engaging Overseas Sri Lankans: Promoting Responsible Investment and Technical Assistance” organized by International Alert.

The 9th South Asian Economic Summit –

The 9th South Asian Economic Summit (SAES9) was held in Bangladesh under the theme – “Reimagining South Asia in 2030”, with the objective of advancing the cause of regional integration in South Asia through discussion and reflections by stakeholders on key issues of interest and concern to countries and people of the region.

World Export Development Forum 2016

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama was a panellist at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), a unique global conference and business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking platform dedicated to supporting trade-led development

Presentation on the Colombo Port City

The Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, CHEC Port City Colombo (PVT) Ltd., Liang Thow Ming, provided an overview of the Colombo Port City Project, at the IPS Conference Room.

Seminar on One Belt and One Road Initiative from a Global Perspective

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, attended an international seminar on “The One Belt and One Road Initiative From a Global Perspective” in Beijing, China during 10-11 October 2016.

Conference on “Unleashing South Asia: Connectivity, Sub Regional Initiatives, Energy and Investment Protection”

The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) organized a conference on “Unleashing South Asia: Connectivity, sub regional initiatives, energy and investment protection” on the 24th of September in Mumbai, India.

Shape South Asia 2016

Shape South Asia 2016, organized by the Global Shapers Colombo Hub was held in Colombo in September 2016, under the theme “Shaping Identities”.

Stakeholder Meeting on Demand for Climate Insurance by Dry Zone Farmers in Sri Lanka

A stakeholder meeting was held at the IPS Conference Room, on 13th September 2016, to disseminate the findings of the IPS study on Demand for Climate Insurance by Dry Zone Farmers in Sri Lanka, funded by the Global Development Network (GDN).

International Seminar for Young Scholars on Economic Development Issues

IPS Research Assistant, Chantal Sirisena attended a month-long seminar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences where she presented Sri Lanka’s progress on infrastructure development and relationship with China’s One Belt One Road Initiative, held in Beijing during 18th – 20th August.

Publication Handover: Re-Defining Urbanization in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, handed over a copy of the recent IPS Publication "Re-Defining Urban Areas in Sri Lanka", to Hon. Patali Champaka Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Region Development at his office in Colombo, on August 19, 2016.

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama made a presentation on “The Role of International Trade in Facilitating Sri Lanka to Emerge as a Regional Hub”, at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2016, held in Colombo during 2 – 3 August.

Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group Meeting on Remittances

IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne participated at the Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group Meeting on “Remittances”, held on 21st July 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Seminar on ‘The Search of MH370 using Oceanographic Models’

A seminar on “The Search of MH370 using Oceanographic Models” was conducted by Prof. Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography, University of Western Australia, Perth; and Leader, Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (ANFOG), School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering & The University of Western Australia (UWA) Oceans Institute.

Seminar on Recent Trends in International Trade Policy: Perspective from the US

Prof. Robert Z. Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA, conducted a seminar on “Recent Trends in International Trade Policy: Perspective from the US” at the IPS.

Discussion with MCC Delegates on Growth Constraints to Sri Lankan Economy

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama met with a US delegation representing Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), to discuss growth constraints to the Sri Lankan Economy, with regard to a need assessment for possible project funding.

Regional Consultation Workshop for an Integrated Climate Information Management System

A Regional Consultation Workshop on “Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions: An Integrated Climate Information Management System” was held on 21st and 22nd June, 2016 at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Discussion on Maritime Silk Route and One-Belt One-Road initiative

A delegation from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences visited the IPS on 17th June 2016, to discuss China-Sri Lanka Economic Relations with especial emphasis on the Maritime Silk Route and One-Belt One-Road initiative.

Lecture on Improving the Ease of Doing Business in a Federal Polity

A lecture on ‘Improving the Ease of Doing Business in a Federal Polity: A Case Study of Modi's India’ presented by Resident Senior Fellow in Political Economy at IDFC Institute, by Dr. Vivek Dehejia was held at the IPS Auditorium. It was organized by the IPS together with the Agency for Development.

South Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth Conference

IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri made a presentation on Air Connectivity in South Asia at the Conference on ‘South Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth’ organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) on June 3, 2016, Turyaa Kalutara.

Lecture on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

The Head of UN-ESCAP South and South-West Asia, Dr. Nagesh Kumar delivered a lecture on “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Key Policy Priorities and Implementation Challenges for South Asia and Sri Lanka” at the IPS Conference Room.

Regional Workshop on Labour Market Research

IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne participated at the Regional Workshop on Labour Market Research held on 1st June 2016 in Colombo, where she made a presentation on “Labour Market Analysis for Labour Migration Policy Planning – Initiatives in Sri Lanka”.

Lecture on Taxation Policy and Revenue Performance in Sri Lanka

Prof. Mick Moore, Political Economist and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, UK, delivered a lecture on “Taxation Policy and Revenue Performance in Sri Lanka: A Review of the Political Economy”, at IPS, on 30th May 2016.

Discussion on Deepening Trade and Investment Relations between Malaysia and Sri Lanka

A team headed by the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industries, Dato Mustapa Mohomed visited the IPS, on 6th May 2016 to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

South Asian Think Tank and Media Delegation Exchange Programme

IPS Research Officer Nipuni Perera, participated in the ‘South Asian Think Tank and Media Delegation Exchange Programme’ held in China. The event was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), during 13th April to 26th April.

National Workshop on Food Value Chain Development

The IPS together with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the support from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducted a National Workshop on Food Value Chain Development in Sri Lanka,

Boosting Trade Competitiveness around Emerging “New Issues” in Multilateral Trade Agreements”

A High Level Policymakers Workshop on “Boosting Trade Competitiveness around Emerging ‘New Issues’ in Multilateral Trade Agreements” was held in Colombo during 16th -18t

World Consumer Rights Day Forum 2016

IPS organized the World Consumer Rights Day Forum 2016, to mark World Consumer Rights Day, for the 4th consectuvie year.

Workshop on Food-Based Safety Nets

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna presented a paper titled ‘Food- Based- Safety Nets in Sri Lanka: Evolution and Transition to Cash Transfers’ at a workshop on ‘Food-Based Safety Nets’ organized by the World Bank during 14-16 March at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C., USA.

International Seminar on Imagining South Asia in 2030: Emerging Trends, Challenges, and Alternatives

IPS Research Assistant, Kithmina Hewage, presented a paper at the “International Seminar on Imagining South Asia in 2030: Emerging Trends, Challenges, and Alternatives” held at the Pondicherry University, India.

Discussion on China – Sri Lanka Trade & Investment Relations

A Chinese delegation visited the IPS to discuss the current economic policies and the progress of China-Sri Lanka trade and investment relations on 2 March 2016.

Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale and Dolphin Watching Workshop

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) whale and dolphin watching workshop was held in Colombo under the theme “Building Sustainable Whale and Dolphin Watching Tourism in the Indian Ocean

Discussion on the Relevance of the Urban Planning Guidelines

IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne was a panelist at discussion on ‘The Relevance of the Urban Planning Guidelines in the Context of Sri Lanka’s Western Region Megapolis Master Plan’ organized by the UN-Habitat.

The First Silk Road Dialogue and 2016 Annual Conference of Silk Road Think Tank Association

IPS Research Assistant, Nipuni Perera participated in the “The First Silk Road Dialogue and 2016 Annual Conference of Silk Road Think Tank Association” held from 22nd February to 24th February in Shenzhen,

Second BIMSTEC Roundtable Meeting

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama addressed the Second BIMSTEC Roundtable Meeting at the BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 19th February 2016.

Visit of Indian Officer Trainees of the Indian Foreign Service

Nine Officer Trainees of the 2015 batch of the Indian Foreign Service visited IPS as part of a study visit. Deputy Director, Dushni Weerakoon together with Janaka Wijayasiri, Suwendrani Jayaratne and Raveen Ekanayake spoke of economic and commercial relationship between India and Sri Lanka and interacted with the Officer Trainees, who were accompanied by N S Yeola, Second Secretary (E&C), High Commission of India, Sri Lanka.

High Commissioner of Singapore visits IPS

H.E. Chandra Das, made a courtesy call at the IPS on 11th February 2016. He was accompanied by Arun Vignesh, Country Officer for South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore.

Seminar on Policy Advocacy Based on Growth Diagnostics

Renowned Economist, Prof. Premechandra Athukorala conducted a seminar on ‘Rethinking the Growth Diagnostic Approach’, to the IPS Research Staff. Prof. Athukorala

Lecture on ‘Global Production Sharing: Implications for Trade and Investment

Renowned Economist, Prof. Premachandra Athukorala delivered a lecture on “Global Production Sharing and Trade Patterns: Implications for Trade and Investment Policy”, at the IPS Auditorium, on 3rd February 2016.

EU – Sri Lanka Trade Seminar

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, provided a policy overview on Sri Lanka's trade with the EU and GSP-Plus at a seminar organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) together with the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka & the Maldives.

Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016

The Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016 was held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, in Colombo during 7-8 January 2016 under the theme of ‘Steering Sri Lanka towards Sustainable and Inclusive Development’.