Regular in-house events are held at the Institute, conducted primarily by IPS research staff members. These events are viewed as a key means of encouraging debate and discussion of on-going research at the IPS and to obtain feedback on work carried out.

In addition, IPS also conducts events such as seminars, panel discussions and trainings to disseminate IPS research and to generate policy discussions and debates. Both foreign and local experts participate at these events which are geared towards policy makers, private sector, development partners and academics.

Past events

Speaking on Biz1st Infocus, broadcast over TV1 (formerly MTV Sports) on 17 October 2017, IPS Research Fellow, Nisha Arunatilake, discussed labour market inefficiencies that were holding back Sri Lanka’s growth.
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Sri Lankan industries continue to incur immense economic costs due to the country's inability to create skilled workers by making the necessary education reforms, IPS Research Fellow Dr. Nisha Arunatilake said, talking to Ceylon Today.
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Land Health is National Wealth
11-13 October 2017
Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium, IPS
IPS Research Fellow, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, revealed that growing scarcity of land, property right issues, encroachment of state lands, land fragmentation, degradation of lands, and complex administrative and regulatory structures were the major policy challenges that affect the land health in Sri Lanka.
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IPS Launches ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2017’
10 October 2017
Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium, IPS
IPS launched its flagship report, ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2017’, on 10 October 2017 at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium.
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Sri Lanka and GSP+: Ensuring Sustainable Supply Chains
02 October 2017
JAIC Hilton Residences, Colombo
IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, made a presentation at the National Forum on ‘Sri Lanka and GSP+: Ensuring Sustainable Supply Chains’, organized jointly by the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in Brussels, the European Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), Sri Lanka.
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IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, was featured on Biz1st 360, broadcast over TV1 (formerly MTV Sports), on 29 September 2017.
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IPS on 25 September 2017 named its state-of-the-art auditorium as the ‘Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium’, dedicating it to its late Executive Director, in memory of his vision, leadership, and guidance to the IPS, especially in establishing the Institute’s Head Office at Independence Square.
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The fifth ADB-ATTN Development Forum 2017 was held in Colombo on 20 – 21 September 2017. The Forum, which saw the participation of more than 25 countries, was co-organized by the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the IPS.
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A workshop on ‘Export Promotion and Market Access for Agriculture and Food Products in Major Global Markets’, organized by the IPS in collaboration with the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) was held on 19 – 21 September 2017.
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Examining the labour shortages in the apparel sector of Sri Lanka, IPS Research Economist, Sunimalee Madurawala, says “with higher educational qualifications, young girls don’t want to come to a garment factory and be a sewing operator.”
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IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, discussed a wide range of issues related to migration and policy recommendations to safeguard the rights of migrant workers on ‘Face the Nation’ (FTN).
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In an interview with the Daily Mirror, IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Nisha Arunatilake, highlighted labour market inefficiencies in Sri Lanka and their causes.
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GCM to Address Global Migration Governance
25 August 2017
Movenpick Hotel, Colombo
IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne made a presentation at the National Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Employment.
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A Stakeholder Validation Workshop, organized by the IPS, Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), and Fairtrade International (FLO) was held on 24 August 2017 at the IPS Auditorium, with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders.
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Recently, IPS Research Fellow Dr. Nisha Arunatilake sat down with the Daily Mirror to discuss recent trends and challenges in the Sri Lankan labour market.
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Highlighting the importance of Global Compact on Migration, IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, recently noted that this mechanism offers the international community an opportunity to contribute to global migration governance.
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Speaking on the recently reinstated Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus facility, IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, noted that Sri Lanka’s overall exports to the European Union (EU) can increase by US$ 480 million.
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Accelerating Political Support for SDG Implementation
25 – 27 July 2017
Santiago, Chile
IPS Research Assistant, Yolanthika Ellepola, recently noted that there has been concerted political commitment towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the health sector, especially in the aspect of nutrition, in Sri Lanka.
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IPS Acting Executive Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, recently pointed out that Sri Lanka has no option but to integrate into the global economy as the country has exhausted potential for debt financed growth.
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Globalization of Family: the Role of the State
24 – 25 July 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka
IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, recently spoke on the importance of migrant families in Sri Lanka.
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IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, attended a three-day workshop on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) from 18 – 20 July 2017.
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Why do Older Workers Chose to Participate in a Different Livelihood?
15 July 2017
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, having a wide array of career options to choose from is only possible in urbanized cities, while job opportunities in less developed districts are limited only to the public sector.
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Third Trans-Himalaya Development Forum
09 – 12 July 2017
Mangshi, China
Protectionist trade and investment policies serve only special interests and hurt long term growth of an economy, IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, argued recently.
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In 2015, 45% of students failed or only conditionally passed O-Level Examinations. In this context, improving students’ performance at this milestone examination is imperative.
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University of Wollongong Study Tour
10 July 2017
IPS, Colombo
Research Assistant Vishvanathan Subramaniam recently noted that Sri Lanka’s economic growth has been lagging and its trade deficit was increasing at an alarming rate.
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In Appreciation of Dr. Saman Kelegama, by the staff of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
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It is with deep sadness that we, the members of IPS’s governing board, received the news of the sudden passing of the Institute’s executive director, Dr. Saman Kelegama.
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IPS Research Assistant, Nuwanthi Senaratne, attended the training programme on International Trade Theory and Practice, organized by the EXIM Bank of India and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), held in New Delhi, India, from 19 – 24 June 2017.
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IPS Research Officer, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, participated at a Fellowship Programme on “Advanced Training Course on Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Licensing” from 12 June 2017 to 23 June 2017 in Strasbourg, France.
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IPS Research Assistant, Vishvanathan Subramaniam, recently argued that Sri Lanka has failed to maximize benefits of outward oriented manufacturing due to inconsistent policy reforms, and a prolonged dependency on a labor and resource intensive portfolio of exports.
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IPS Research Fellow Dr. Athula Senaratne was featured on the Biz1st Review 360 (MTV News1st) show on 16 June 2017. During the interview, he shared his expertise on the concept of Blue Economy and how Sri Lanka can benefit from it.
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China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) Study Tour
07-16 June 2017
Beijing, Fujian and Guangzhou, China
Highlighting the need for engaging think tanks and other NGOs to make China’s Belt and Road Initiative more inclusive, IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna noted that think tanks in particular can play an important role in minimizing the information gaps, and creating knowledge and awareness of the objectives and benefits of this initiative at all levels.
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IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, made a presentation at the Management Conference of MBA Alumni Association, University of Colombo and Daily FT on “Growing with Giants”, on 14 June 2017, in Colombo. Chairman of IPS, Dr. Razeen Sally, took part in the ensuring panel discussion on Sri Lanka-China Economic Cooperation, Trade and Bilateral Agreements.
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IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna, was a delegate from Sri Lanka to the BRICS Political Parties, Think Tanks and Non-Governmental Organizations Forum on ‘Pooling Wisdom and Efforts towards Common Development and a Brighter Future.’
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A team of investors from the Asia and Pacific region met IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, and Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, on 17 May 2017, at the IPS.
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Workshop on Emerging Food Safety and Quality Risks in South Asia
8-9 May 2017
Water’s Edge, Battaramulla
A Workshop on the topic ‘Emerging Food Safety and Quality Risks in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for Sri Lanka’, organized by the Ministry of Primary Industries and IPS in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute was held on 8-9 May 2017.
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A Policy Dialogue on the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey for Asia Pacific 2017 was held at IPS on 08 May 2017.
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IPS Research Officer, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, made a presentation on “Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in Promoting Ecotourism in Sri Lanka” at the 6th International Conference of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
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IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, participated in the Third Meeting of the BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks (BNPTT) held at the BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 22-23 April 2017.
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Roundtable on Revitalising SAARC
16 April 2017
Dhaka, Bangladesh
IPS Research Officer Kithmina Hewage participated as a panelist at the Roundtable on Revitalising SAARC, organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI), on 16 April 2017, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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IPS Research Officer Kithmina Hewage made a presentation titled China’s Silk Road in a Changing Global Order at the Symposium on the Land of Abundance and the Silk Road held on 7-8 April 2017 in Chengdu, China.
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Punjab Economic Forum
3-4 April 2017
Lahore, Pakistan
IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Athula Senaratne participated at the Punjab Economic Forum as a panelist, held on 3-4 April 2017 in Lahore, Pakistan.
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Roundtable Discussion on Land Use Policy
31 March 2017
IPS Auditorium
To assist Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to identify issues faced by investors with regard to access to commercially-viable land, IPS recently held a roundtable discussion on land use policy in Sri Lanka.
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BankTech Asia Conference
21-22 March 2017
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo
IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna made a presentation on ‘Financial access is NOT Financial Inclusion: Current Status and Issues of Financial Inclusion in Sri Lanka’ at the 9th BankTech Asia Conference organized by the Knowledge Group of Companies, Malaysia , held at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo on 21-22 March 2017.
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As part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and IPS project, IPS recently conducted a dissemination seminar on ‘Cinnamon, Pepper and Cardamom Value Chains Study’ at the IPS Auditorium.
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World Consumer Rights Day Forum
15 March 2017
IPS Auditorium
To mark the World Consumer Rights Day, IPS held a forum, centered on the theme ‘Consumer Rights in the Digital Age’ on 15 March 2017 in the IPS Auditorium, with the participation of experts in the field, digital consumers, entrepreneurs and stakeholders.
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As part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and IPS Value Chains study on the spice industry in Sri Lanka, IPS conducted a training programmeon Value Chain Analysis (VCA) for government officials and stakeholders on 13 March 2017 at the IPS premises.
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IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna made a presentation on ‘Income Security for Older Persons in Sri Lanka’ at the symposium on 'Old-Age Income Security and Universal Basic Income in South Asia', organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, India, held in New Delhi, India on 27 February 2017.
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IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, participated at the South Asia Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)’s Second Annual Economists’ Conference on “Managing Growth for Social Inclusion” which was held on 18-19th February 2017 at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium in Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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The National Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition Security-Towards Zero Hunger was launched in Colombo, by Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the South Asia Policy and Research Institute in the presence of United Nations World Food Programme, Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, on Monday 13th of February 2017.
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H.E. Mr. S. Chandra Das, the High Commissioner of Singapore to Sri Lanka made a courtesy call at the IPS on 6th February 2017.
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The IPS organized a workshop to disseminate the findings of a study titled ‘Climate Insurance for Dry Zone Farmers in Sri Lanka’ at the IPS Auditorium on the 24th of January 2017.
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IPS in collaboration with the Centre of Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), and the South Asia Research Network (SARN), Monash University, Australia, organized a conference on “Human Capital, Food Security and Economic Development in South Asia” from 11-12th January, 2017 in Colombo.
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Professor Ricardo Hausmann Director of the Center for International Development (CID) and a Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA visited the IPS Library with his team from the CID on 11th January.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A Felicitation Event in Honour of prominent economist Prof. Premachandra Athukorala was held at the IPS on 6th December 2016.
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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.
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The 12th International Micro-insurance Conference
November 14 – 18, 2-16
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
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.
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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.
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Seminar on China-South Asia Relations
November 7, 2016
IPS Conference Room
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.
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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.
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Capacity Building on Trade Policy Analysis
October 24 – 25, 2016
IPS Conference Room
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.
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Conference on Promoting Responsible Investment and Technical Assistance
October 17 – 18, 2016
Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo
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.
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The 9th South Asian Economic Summit –
October 15 – 16, 2016
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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.
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World Export Development Forum 2016
October 12 – 13, 2016
BMICH, Colombo
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
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Presentation on the Colombo Port City
October 10, 2016
IPS Conference Room
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.
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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.
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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.
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Shape South Asia 2016
September 22- 24, 2016
Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo
Shape South Asia 2016, organized by the Global Shapers Colombo Hub was held in Colombo in September 2016, under the theme “Shaping Identities”.
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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).
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International Seminar for Young Scholars on Economic Development Issues
August 20, 2016 – September 18, 2016
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
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.
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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.
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Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016
August 2 – 3, 2016
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lecture on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
June 2, 2016 IPS
Conference Room
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.
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Regional Workshop on Labour Market Research
June 1, 2016
Ramada Hotel, Colombo
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”.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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National Workshop on Food Value Chain Development
April 6 – 7, 2016
IPS Auditorium
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,
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A High Level Policymakers Workshop on “Boosting Trade Competitiveness around Emerging ‘New Issues’ in Multilateral Trade Agreements” was held in Colombo during 16th -18t
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World Consumer Rights Day Forum 2016
March 15, 2016
IPS Auditorium
IPS organized the World Consumer Rights Day Forum 2016, to mark World Consumer Rights Day, for the 4th consectuvie year.
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Workshop on Food-Based Safety Nets
March 14-16, 2016
The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA
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.
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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.
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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.
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Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale and Dolphin Watching Workshop
February 24 – 26 2015
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo
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
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Discussion on the Relevance of the Urban Planning Guidelines
February 25, 2016
Water’s Edge, Battaramulla
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.
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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,
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Second BIMSTEC Roundtable Meeting
February 19, 2016
BIMSTEC Secretariat, Bangladesh
IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama addressed the Second BIMSTEC Roundtable Meeting at the BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 19th February 2016.
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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.
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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.
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Seminar on Policy Advocacy Based on Growth Diagnostics
February 8, 2016
IPS Conference Room
Renowned Economist, Prof. Premechandra Athukorala conducted a seminar on ‘Rethinking the Growth Diagnostic Approach’, to the IPS Research Staff. Prof. Athukorala
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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.
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EU – Sri Lanka Trade Seminar
January 22, 2016
Jaic Hilton, Colombo
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.
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Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016
January 7-8 2016
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
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’.
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IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama made a presentation on “Changing Patterns of Trade, Regional Trade Agreements, and Employment in Asia” at the International Seminar on “Trade and Employment Challenges: Insights for South Asia” in Delhi, India during 16-17 December
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Speaking at the event IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama emphasized the importance of addressing the non-tariff barriers together with tariffs when negotiating the China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement, drawing upon lessons from the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement.
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The 8th South Asia Economic Summit
December 7 – 8, 2015
Islamabad, Pakistan
The 8th South Asia Economic Summit (8th SAES) was under the theme ‘Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Development in South Asia’. IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Research Fellow, Dr. Athula Senaratne, and Research Officer Dharshani Premaratne were resource persons at the summit.
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Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Costs
December 8, 2015
IPS Conference Room
IPS conducted a stakeholder consultation on ‘Low-skilled Labour Migration - Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost’ on 08th December 2015 at the IPS Conference Room.
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IPS Research Officer, Samanthi Bandara presented an abstract on "Service Quality of School Canteens: A Case Study from the Western Province, Sri Lanka", at the Annual Research Forum of the Sri Lankan Agricultural Economic Association.
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South Asia Regional Meeting: Think Tank Initiative
18 -20 November 2015
Delhi, India
IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Research Fellows, Dr. Nisha Arunatilake and Dr. Athula Senaratne were panelists at the Think Tank Initiative’s 5th South Asian Regional Meeting held in India.
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IPS Researchers, Dharshani Premaratne and Kithmina Hewage participated at a regional training workshop on “Enhancing Capacities for Trade in Services Policymaking and Negotiations” which was held in Colombo during 17-20 November 2015.
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KNOMAD Workshop on Measuring Migration Costs for the Low-skilled”
November 16 - 17, 2015
World Bank, Washington DC
IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne participated at the “KNOMAD Workshop on Measuring Migration Costs for the Low-skilled” held at the World Bank, Washington DC. The workshop, organized by the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development hub (KNOMAD) was held during16-17 November, 2015.
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IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama and Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, were panelists at the 36th National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), held under the theme “Catalyst 15: Collaborate to Compete”.
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IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna made a presentation on ‘Social Protection for Informal Sector Workers in Sri Lanka’ at the 2nd Social Protection Forum Asia on ‘Social Protection in the Informal Sector-Incentive or Hindrance to Formalisation?’.
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IPS Research Economist, Chatura Rodrigo represented Sri Lanka at the ‘International Conference on Energy Security in South Asia Plus: Relevance of Japanese Experience’, held at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies in October 2015.
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SARNET Young Scholars Symposium
26 October 2015
New Delhi India
IPS Research Officer, Samanthi Bandara was awarded a research grant by the SARNET’s Competitive Call for Paper by Young Scholars from South Asia on her research proposal titled “What Factors Matter for Choice of Livelihood by the Older Workers”.
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IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama, Research Fellow, Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna and Research Officer, Samanthi Bandara, participated in the International Conference on ‘Meeting the Challenges of Employment and Inclusive Growth in South Asia’ held in India in October 2015.
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National Consultation on Pensions in Sri Lanka
23 October 2015
Taj Samurdra Hotel, Colombo
IPS together with United Nations ESCAP conducted a “National Consultation on Pensions in Sri Lanka” with the aim of promoting a dialogue among key stakeholders on the need for ensuring an uninterrupted and adequate pension for all old aged persons in the country.
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IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, participated in the 21st Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) meeting which was held in Padang, Indonesia, on 20th October, 2015. The IPS is the focal point in Sri Lanka for the IORAG.
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IPS launched its flagship publication ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy (SOE) 2015’ under the theme ‘Economic Reforms: Political Economy and Institutional Challenges’ at the IPS Auditorium. The IPS flagship publication was launched under the purview of the Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development, Hon.
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Second BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks
8 - 9 October 2015
Bangkok, Thailand
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Indian Studies Centre of Chulalongkorn University, co-hosted the 2nd BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks (BNPTT) Meeting during 8 – 9 October 2015, at Anantara Siam Hotel, Bangkok.
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South Asia Economic Conclave
September 28 – 30, 2015
New Delhi, India
IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama was a panelist at the session on “Expanding Intraregional Trade: Drawing Lessons from ASEAN and NAFTA” at the South Asia Economic Conclave (SAEC) organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Government of India.
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The World Tourism Day 2015 was marked under the theme ‘The World Tourism - One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities’.
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A regional consultation workshop on the “Conservation, Use and Exchange of Crop Genetic Resources: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Food-Secure, Climate-Resilient South Asia” was held in August 2015, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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BCIM Regional Interconnection Conference
August 25, 2015
Beijing, China
Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, Research Fellow and Nipuni Perera, Research Assistant of IPS participated in the "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) and Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar (BCIM) Regional Interconnection Conference organized by the Institute of World Economics and Politics/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), in Beijing, China on 25 August 2015.
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Principal Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Donghyun Park conducted a seminar on ‘Inequality, Inclusive Growth and Fiscal Policy in Asia’ at the IPS, where he shared an overview of a recently launched publication on the title which he had co-authored.
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International Seminar for Young Scholars on Economic Development Issues
22 August – 20 September, 2015
Beijing, China
IPS Research Assistant, Nipuni Perera participated in the International Seminar for Young Scholars on Economic Development Issues held by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and organized by the Graduate School, CASS in Beijing, China. The seminar took place during 22 August to 20 September 2015.
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A conference on the “Prospects of Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean Rim” was held in India with the aim of fostering high-quality deliberations on various aspects of blue economy by the academicians, policy makers, diplomats and informed intelligentsia representing the Indian Ocean Rim countries and from other parts of the world.
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IPS conducted a Brainstorming Session on “Strengthening Capacity of Women Entrepreneurs in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Asia for Capturing Benefits of Globalization with a Special Emphasis on Sri Lanka”.
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Deng Lan, Associate Professor at the Institute of South Asia Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences met with IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama and the IPS Research Staff and shared her thoughts on promoting economic and trade cooperation between Sri Lanka and Yunnan Province of China, which is keen to foster closer relations with South Asia.
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IPS together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducted a national consultation workshop at the IPS Auditorium, on “Key Challenges and Opportunities for Food Security Policies in Sri Lanka”.
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IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe made a presentation on “Energy Management in Hotel Sector in Sri Lanka: Adoption of Good Practices”, at the International Symposium on Energy Challenges in the Knowledge Economy held from 26th to 27thJune in Colombo.
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IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama spoke of the “Prospects for SAARC” at the launch of the “South Asia Development and Cooperation Report 2015” published by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India.
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Dr. H.N. Tenuwara, Visiting Professor at Iowa University, USA and former Head of the Economic Research Department, Central Bank of Sri Lanka made a presentation on the topic: “The Passage to Riches: Story of Growth and Development” at a seminar held at the IPS Conference Room on 19th June 2015.
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Secretary-General of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), Sumith Nakandala, visited the IPS on 18th June 2015 to discuss the forthcoming BIMSTEC Think Tanks Network (BTTN) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. BIMSTEC will soon be moving towards a FTA to strengthen the on-going sectoral cooperation projects.
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Conference on South Asia Economics & Politics and Policy Round Table
3 – 5 June 2015
Monash University, Australia
During a recent visit in Australia, IPS Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama made a presentation on the “Contemporary Sri Lankan Economics and Politics” at a conference on “Economics and Politics in South Asia: Recent Changes, Prospects, and Challenges”.
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Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow, IPS presented a paper on ‘Financial Inclusion in Sri Lanka: Current Status and Issues’ at a workshop on ‘Understanding Financial Inclusion in Asia’ held in Hong Kong from 20-21 May 2015.
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A Forum on “Food and Agriculture: Rural and Urban Innovations” organized by DuPont was live streamed on the 19th May at the IPS conference room in Colombo.
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A Forum on “Food and Agriculture: Rural and Urban Innovations” organized by DuPont was live streamed on the 19th May at the IPS conference room in Colombo.
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The 2015 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was launched at the IPS Auditorium in Colombo, under the patronage of the State Minister of Finance Mahinda Samarasinghe.
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Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development
29-30 April 2015
Borabudhue Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama was a speaker at the session on “Regional Development Cooperation and Partnerships” at the Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development organized by the UN-ESCAP, ADB, ADBI and the Government of Indonesia.
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Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna and Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, Research Fellows of IPS were speakers at the international conference on ‘South Asian Economic Development: The Way Forward ’ organized by the Faculty of Economics at the South Asian University, held in New Delhi, India on 10-11 April 2015.
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Seminar on South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation
30 March 2015
IPS Conference Room
A seminar on South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation was held at the IPS Premises, where Dr. Sanjaya Kathuria, Lead Economist on Regional Integration at the World Bank’s South Asia Regional Cooperation and Integration Unit, Washington, D.C., conducted a presentation on “Regional Integration in South Asia: The World Bank’s Approach”.
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Launch of the MDG Country Report 2014
March 23, 2015
Sports Ministry Auditorium
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Country Report 2014 was launched in Colombo, under the patronage of Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha De Silva.
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An International Conference on “India and the India Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade and Civilizational Linkages,” was held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha in March 2015.
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The Indian External Affairs Ministry Junior Diplomats visited the IPS to obtain a Sri Lankan perspective of the India – Sri Lanka Economic Relations.
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The IPS, together with the Consumer Affair Authority of Sri Lanka and Consumer International, recently organized a forum in Colombo to mark the Wold Consumer Rights Day 2015 under the theme “Healthy Diets”.
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A Dialogue was held on China’s efforts to revive the Maritime Silk Road (MSR), which is expected to enhance connectivity and promote mutual development among the countries from the Far East to the Indian Ocean to Africa.
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IPS held a national consultation meeting on ’Products with Regional Trade Potential and Associated Non-tariff Barriers, with special focus on Women Owned and Led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (WMSMEs).
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Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2015
18th -20th February 2015
Istanbul, Turkey
IPS Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama, and Deputy Director Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, participated at the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) Exchange 2015 on the theme “Research Quality: Approaches, Outreach, and Impact” held in Istanbul, in February 2015.
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IPS Research Officer, Suwendrani Jayaratne, participated at the recently held ‘UNNExT Workshop on Paperless Trade Facilitation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’ in Bangkok, Thailand.
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The Sinhala and Tamil translations of the book titled ‘Money, Inflation and Output’ by Dr. H N Thenuwara was launched at the IPS premises. The book explains the foundations of money, inflation and output in a country, their inter-relations, and how they are affected by the monetary authority and exchange rate and monetary policy regimes.
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The 20th Annual General Meeting of the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCESL) was held in Colombo. IPS Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama was the Guest of Honour at the event and delivered the keynote address titled “Towards the 2020 Vision of US$ 20 bn Exports and Beyond - Pressing Concerns and Emerging Opportunities.”
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IPS conducted a Stakeholder Consultation Meeting to discuss preliminary findings of a study carried out together with South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) on ‘Trade and Transport Facilitation in Sri Lanka’.
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Visiting Scholar Prof. Yoshiyasu Ono, Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Osaka University, Japan, conducted a presentation on “Long-run Stagnation in Japan – Theory and Policy” at the IPS premises.
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IPS held a Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Low Carbon Technology Renovation and Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN).
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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The 7th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES)
5-7 of November 2014
New Delhi, India
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’.
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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).
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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.
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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
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Advisory Committee Meeting
14th October, 2014
IPS Conference Room
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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Seminar on ‘China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement’
Colombo 15th July 2014
Taj Samudra Hotel
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.
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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’.
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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:
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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.
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The publication was based on a study done by IPS in five districts of the country (Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Moneragala and Matale).
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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.
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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.
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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'.
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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.
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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.
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“Deconstructing South-South Cooperation: A South Asia Perspective”
28th March 2014
India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India
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”.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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:
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President’s Awards for Scientific Publication 2007, 2008, 2009
17th january, 2014
Water’s Edge, Battaramulla
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.
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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.
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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.
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IPS 2nd Retreat – ’Growing Together’ – A full day interactive programme
20th – 21st December 2013
Hotel Club Dolphin, Waikkala
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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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Commonwealth Business Forum 2013
12 – 14 November, 2013
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
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’.
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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.
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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.
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13th Council of Ministers Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association
30th October – 1st November
Perth, Australia
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.
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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.
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The National Workshop on Reform and Development of Public Enterprises
21-22 October 2013
Grand Monarch, Talawatugoda
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.
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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.
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Interactive Session and Workshop on Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs in the Tea Sector”
4th October 2013
Lake Serenity Boutique Hotel, Kuruwita, Ratnapura
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.
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The 6th South Asia Economic Summit
2nd – 4th September
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo
The 6th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), organized by the IPS took place during 2nd – 4th September at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, 2013.
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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.
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Signing of the Trust Deed
6th August 2013
IPS Board Room,
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.
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Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council 10th AGM
2nd August 2013
Kingsbury Hotel
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.
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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.
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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.
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Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2013
9 – 11th July 2013
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
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’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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World Consumer Rights Day Forum
15th March, 2013
IPS Auditorium-A
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.
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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.
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Igniting the Power of Innovation in Sri Lanka
12th March, 2013
IPS Auditorium
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.
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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.
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Launch of the IPS latest publication ‘Climate Change Issues in Sri Lanka’, took place at the IPS Auditorium, on 14th February, 2013.
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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.
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The ADB South Asia Research Department (SARD) Economists’ Conference took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, during 4-5 December 2012.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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A full day conference to mark the 60th Anniversary of Japan-Sri Lanka Diplomatic Relations took place at the BMICH on 6th December 2012.
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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.
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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.
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Global Development Network (GDN) Regional Workshop
22 – 23 October 2012
Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
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.
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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.
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MIM-CPM International Management Conference
17th October 2012
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo
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.
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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.
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IMF-World Bank 2012 Annual Meeting
8 – 14 October 2012
Tokyo, Japan
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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5th South Asia Economic Summit
11 - 13 September, 2012
Islamabad, Pakistan
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.
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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.
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Buddhika Brahmanage, Research Assistant, IPS, won a competitive scholarship to attend the Communication Policy Research South 7 – Young Scholar Seminar Programme.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2012
10 – 12 July 2012
Cinnamon Grand Hotel
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Executive Director, met with Daniyal Aziz, Advisor, and Usama Ahmed, Manager/Research, Governance Institutes Network International (GINI), Pakistan, at IPS, 24th April 2012.
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World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings
16-22 April, 2012
Washington, D.C.
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.
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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.
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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.
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IPS University Forum
21 – 23 March, 2012
IPS Auditorium
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.
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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.
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World Consumer Rights Day Forum
15th March 2012
IPS Auditorium
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.
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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.
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IDRC TTI Regional Meeting
4-6 March, 2012
Mysore
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, made a presentation at the “High-Level Policy Dialogue on Development Challenges Facing the South and South West Asia Region” at the inaugural event of the ESCAP Sub-Regional Office for South and South West Asia in Delhi, India, 15-16 December 2011.
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IPS, in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Colombo, organized an International Conference on ‘Institutionalizing Regional Approaches to Migration Management in South Asia’, at the Taj Samudra Hotel, on 25 November, 2011.
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Launch of the UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) 2011
22nd November, 2011
IPS Auditorium
The launch of the UNDP Human Development Report 2011 titled, “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” took place on November 22, 2011 at the IPS Auditorium in the presence of Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, who delivered the keynote address.
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International Conference on Taxation and Development
3-4 November 2011
Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo
IPS together with the International Centre for Tax and Development, UK, organized an International Conference on Taxation and Development under the theme ‘Pulling Ourselves Up: Taxation, State-Building, and Away from Aid’ during the 3rd and 4th November 2011 at the Ceylon Continental Hotel.
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4th South Asia Economic Summit
22-23 October, 2011
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist of IPS were resource persons at the 4th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), held in Dhaka, Bangladesh during 22 -23 October, 2011. It was organized by the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh.
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The IPS Annual National Conference on the theme “Post-conflict Sri Lanka: Towards Shared Growth”, took place at the IPS Auditorium on 19th October, 2011.
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On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty a Policy Dialogue, was hosted jointly by the IPS, Ministry of Economic Development and the United Nations in Sri Lanka. Honorable Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation, was the Chief Guest at the occasion.
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National Technical Workshop on the formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy organized by the Secretariat for Senior Ministers and the International Labour Organization (ILO) took place at Hotel Taj Samudra, 13-14 October, 2011.
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Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS were resource persons at the Regional Conference on ‘Knowledge Sharing on Regional Cooperation and Integration’, held in Malé, Maldives, during 8-9th October 2011.
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Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS, gave a Public Lecture titled ‘Sri Lanka in a Changing Global Economic Landscape’ at the American Centre in Colombo on Thursday 22nd September 2011.
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4th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave
20-22 September, 2011
Kathmandu, Nepal
The 4th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, during 20-22 September, 2011. Executive Director made a presentation on ‘Trade and Investment in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges’.
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A Seminar & ‘Expert Insights’ Panel on ‘2011 and Beyond: Trade & Investment Prospects in Asia and Implications for Sri Lanka’, organized by the IPS and supported by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) took place at the IPS Auditorium. Chief Guest at the occasion was Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation, Government of Sri Lanka and Chairman, 67th Session of the Commission, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS.
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“Migration, Remittances, and Development in South Asia” published by Sage, India was launched by handing over the first copy of the book to Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare by the Executive Director of the IPS, at the Ministry on 04 August 2011.
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Former Foreign Minister of Singapore, Mr. George Yeo, Chairman of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore, Mr. Gopinath Pillai, together with two officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, visited the IPS on 30th July 2011.
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Opening of the IPS Auditorium
13th July, 2011
IPS Auditorium
The IPS Auditorium was declared open by the Chairman, Prof. W. D. Lakshman on 13th July, 2011.
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Anushka Wijesinha,Research Economist, IPS, made two presentations at a Stakeholder Consultation on Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia organized jointly by RIS (India) and the Pathfinder Foundation (Sri Lanka), and supported by the ADB, on Monday 11th July 2011 at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.
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Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, was a resource person at a Regional Symposium on ‘Improving Trade Flows in and from South Asia: Overcoming Logistics Challenges’ organized by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and the Commonwealth Secretariat UK, held on 22nd June 2011, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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A Workshop to disseminate findings conducted by a team of researchers at IPS, for the study on ‘Baseline Assessment of the OXFAM EU-ACAP (European Union Assistance for Conflict Affected People) was conducted at the Conference Room, IPS, on 10th June, 2011.
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Ashani Abayasekara, Research Assistant, IPS, made a presentation on "Economic Freedom: The Role of Stakeholders in the Regulation of the Business Environment - A Sri Lankan Perspective" at a seminar on Economic Freedom and the Business Environment in South Asia.
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The UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 prepared by UN-ESCAP, was launched at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on 5th May 2011.
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Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, participated in a International Seminar “Selected Outstanding Issues in Services, Trade and Development” organized jointly by ARTNet of UNESCAP, and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), in Manila, Philippines, from the 3rd to 5th May 2011.
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IPS organized two Consultative Meetings on ‘Promoting Agrarian Reforms in Sri Lanka’ and ‘Budgetary Policies for Poverty Eradication in Sri Lanka’ on 7th and 8th April 2011, respectively, at the Main Conference Room at IPS.
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SME Access to Finance Programme, 26th March 2011
26th March 2011
Taj Samudra Hotel, Sri Lanka
Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, participated in the ‘SME Access to Finance’ programme organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and Pacific (ADFIAP), in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, on 26th March 2011.
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Chairman, IPS, Prof. W.D. Lakshman, chaired the Plenary Session on ’Democracy and Inclusive Growth in South Asia’ at the ’World Conference on Recreating South Asia:
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Premila Gamage, Librarian, IPS, was interviewed by Daily Mirror Women @ Work (W@W) in its edition on 8th February 2011. The interview highlights the unique achievements of Premila in Library management.
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Asia Forum on Remittances and Development
11-12 January 2011
Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo
Asia Forum on Remittances and Development was held during 11 - 12 January 2011, at Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. It was organized by the Project Consultancy Unit of SEEDS (Gte) Ltd in collaboration with Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) under the theme of “Implications of Migration, Remittances and Remittance Based Livelihood in Developing Economies”.
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3rd South Asia Economic Summit
17-19 December, 2010
Kathmandu, Nepal
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.
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A Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on 'Non-Tariff Measures in Sri Lanka' was held on 22nd November 2010 at the Hilton Colombo Residence, Colombo.
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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.
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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.
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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 ?”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Launch: Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2008-2009: Sri Lanka Country Report
20th September 2010
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Workshop: Proposal Writing Workshop on Environmental Economics and Policy
30th March – 02nd April 2010
Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara
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.
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The book: “Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia – Beyond SAFTA” edited by Sadiq Ahmed, Saman Kelegama, and Ejaz Ghani,
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Briefing the IMF Delegation Visiting Sri Lanka
24th February 2010
IPS Conference Room
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.
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Conference: “Asian Trade: The Way Forward”
13th February 2010
Trivandrum, India
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.
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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.
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