Events

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

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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Organized by the IPS in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka 08-09 May, 2017 (Invitees only)
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Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) IPS Conference Room, Colombo, Sri Lanka 08 May, 2017 (Invitees only)
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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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Presented by Samanthi Bandara, Research Officer and Dr. Manuj Weerasinghe, Public Health Specialist, University of Colombo
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Poorest Children in Sri Lanka
23rd Septmeber 2015
Presented by Wimal Nanayakkara, Senior Visiting Fellow
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Presented by Raveen Ekanayake, Research Officer
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Presented by Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Officer
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Presented by Manoj Thibbotuwawa, Research Economist
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Presented by Shanika Samarakoon, Research Economist and Sunimalee Madurawela, Research Officer
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Presented by Nisal Herath, Research Assistant
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Presented by Athula Senaratne, Research Fellow
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Presented by Chathura Rodrigo, Research Economist
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Presented by Dharshani Premaratne, Research Officer
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by Sahan Jayawardena, Research Assistant
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presented by Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Officer, IPS
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presented by Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer, IPS
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presented by Priyanka Jayawardena, Research Officer, IPS
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by Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS
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presented by Dr. Manuj Weerasinghe, Visiting Fellow, IPS, and Samanthi Bandara, Research Officer, IPS
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presented by By Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Director of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo
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presented by Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, Research Economist, IPS
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presented by Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer, IPS
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by Prof. Heeseung Yang, Graduate School of Management, Sejong University, Korea
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presented by Dr. Shyama Ratnasiri, Lecturer, Department of Accounting Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Australia
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presented by Chatura Rodrigo, Research Economist
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presented by Dr. Champika Amarasinghe, Director General of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. Inoka Suraweera, Environment and Occupational Health Unit, Ministry of Health, Representative from the Employers Federation of Ceylon, and Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer, IPS
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“Who are Poor in Sri Lanka and Where are They?”
15 August 2013
IPS Conference Room 
presented by Mr. W. Nanayakkara, Senior Visiting Fellow, IPS
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presented by Dr. Athula Senaratne, Research Fellow, IPS
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By Dr. Nelson Perera, Deputy Dean, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Australia
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By Ayodya Galappattige, Research Officer, IPS
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By Prof. Prema-chandra Athukorala Professor of Economics, Australian National University
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By Kanchana Wickremasinghe, Research Officer, IPS
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by Dr. Sharmini Coorey, Director, IMF Institute, Washington D.C., USA
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By Prema-chandra Athukorala, Professor of Economics, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
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By Dananjaya Hettiarachchi
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By ChandanaKarunaratne and Ashani Abayasekara, Research Assistants, IPS
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by Dr. Priyanga Dunusinghe, Lecturer, University of Colombo
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Francis Rowe, Senior Country Economist, Sri Lanka and Maldives, South Asia Region, The World Bank
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Presented by Gamini Wijesinghe, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Inland Revenue
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Presented by Dr. Arusha Cooray, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, Australia
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Economics of Development
3rd January 2012
Presented by Dr. H.N. Thenuwara, Adjunct Professor, University of Iowa, and former Assistant Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka
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Presented by Tilak Abeysinghe, Department of Economics and FASS Health Cluster, National University of Singapore and Jiaying Gu, Department of Economics
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Asian FTAs: Trends, Prospects and Challenges
21st December 2011
Asian Development Bank, Manila
Presented by Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Principal Economist, Office of Regional Economic Integration
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by Priyanka Jayawardena, Research Officer
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Francis Rowe, Senior Country Economist, Sri Lanka and Maldives, South Asia Region
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by Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics
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“Taxation, Governance and Development”
04th July 2011
University of Sussex
by Prof. Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow and CEO, International Centre for Tax and Development, IDS
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by Prof. Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow and CEO, International Centre for Tax and Development, IDS
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Foreign Direct Investment in Sri Lanka: A Comparison with Malaysia and Future Potential
26th May 2011
State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka
Dr. Chalaka Subasinghe, Deputy General Manager
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Modelling Trade in Services
26th April 2011
Central Bank of Sri Lanka 
Presented by Dr. H.N. Thenuwara, Adjunct Professor, University of Iowa, and former Assistant Governor
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The TRIPs Agreement and the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka
11 February 2011
IPS Conference Room 
Presented by Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Assistant, IPS
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Reading Stiglitz in Sri Lanka: An Interpretive Essay
7 December 2010
IPS Conference Room 
Presented by Sarath Rajapatirana, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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Budget 2011
25 November, 2010
IPS Conference Room 
presented by Anushka Wijesinha, Suwendrani Jayaratne, Research Officers, IPS and Dharshani Premaratne, Research Assistant
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presented by Deshal de Mel, Research Economist
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presented by Dr. Shekhar Shah, Regional Economic Advisor - South Asia
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presented by Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Officer and Nethimini Perera, Research Assistant
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Political Economy of Monetary Policy
29 June, 2010
Central Bank of Sri Lanka 
Dr. H.N. Thenuwara, former Assistant Governor
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Deshal de Mel, Research Economist
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Climate Change and Sri Lanka
29th April 2010
IPS Main Conference Room
by Asha Gunawardena, and Manoj Thibbotuwawa, Research Officers
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Lessons from Gemidiriya Model for Poverty Alleviation
23 March, 2010
IPS, Conference Room
by Ayodya Galappattige, Research Officers
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#SLDU2017 Hosted by World Bank South Asia (@WorldBankSAsia) in collaboration with IPS (@TalkEconomicsSL) 21 August 2017, from 6.00 – 8.00 pm All are welcome!! More Information
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‘Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific’ Organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, Sri Lanka 20 – 21 September 2017  (Invitees only)
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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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