Dushni Weerakoon is the Executive Director and Head of Macroeconomic Policy Research at the IPS. She has over 23 years of experience at the IPS, and functioned as its Deputy Director from 2005 to 2017. Her research and publications cover areas related to macroeconomic policy, regional trade integration and international economics. She has extensive experience in the arena of public policy through her research and direct engagements in policy formulation. These have included serving as a member of the Macro and Trade Policy Steering Committee of the Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation (2002-04), an official delegate to the Committee of Experts to negotiate the South Asian Free Trade Agreement under the Ministry of Trade and Commerce (2004-05) and member of the Trade and Tariff Committee of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED) of the Ministry of Finance (2004-2010) amongst others.

She has worked as a consultant to international organizations such as the ADB, World Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNDP and ILO, and served as a resource person on the Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course conducted jointly by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and University of Hong Kong (2003-06), and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of South Asian Development and as Editor of the IPS’ annual flagship report Sri Lanka: State of the Economy. She also served as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Nations Trust Bank (2007-2016), and Centre for Poverty Analysis (2008-2014) and functions as a Director of the Gamani Corea Foundation.

Dushni Weerakoon holds a BSc in Economics with First Class Honours from the Queen’s University of Belfast, U.K., and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester, U.K. She is a recipient of the Arts Faculty Scholarship from the University of Colombo, the McKane Medal and Scholarship from the Queen’s University of Belfast, a Postgraduate Scholarship from the University of Manchester, an Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) from the Government of the UK, and the Drummond Frazer Research Studentship from the University of Manchester.

Advisory work

Committee of Experts to Formulate the National Sustainable Development Vision of Sri Lanka – 2030
Member of Committee (2017-)
Presidential Secretariat

Committee on Trade Policy Formulation
Member of Committee (2016-)
Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade

National Human Resources and Employment Policy
Member of Working Group on Macroeconomic Policies for Employment Expansion (2011)
Secretariat for Senior Ministers

Trade and Tariff Committee of the National Council for Economic Development
Member of the Committee (2004-2010)
Ministry of Finance and Planning, Government of Sri Lanka

Working Group on Economic Re-Integration of Ex-combatants
Member of the Working Group (2009)
Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights

Sri Lankan Delegation to the Committee of Experts on Trade Negotiations on the South Asian Free Trade Agreement and Chair, Sub-Group on Rules of Origin

Member of the Committee (2004-05)
Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Government of Sri Lanka

Technical Team on a proposed US-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement
Member (2003-14)
Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation, Government of Sri Lanka

Macro and Trade Policy Framework Steering Committee
Member of the Committee (2002-04)
Ministry of Finance and Planning, Government of Sri Lanka

Task Force on Trade
Member (2002-04)
Government of Sri Lanka

Macroeconomic Policy Development Group

Member (2002)
Ministry of Finance and Planning, Government of Sri Lanka

Technical Committee on the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

Member of the Committee (2001-02)
Ministry of Finance and Planning, Government of Sri Lanka

Research

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lanka’s Debt Troubles in the New Development Finance Landscape”, Third World Thematics, Taylor & Francis (forthcoming)

Weerakoon, D., 2017, “Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges from Perspective of Twin Deficits, 1970-2016” , Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Weerakoon, D., 2017, “Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges, 2010-2016”, Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Weerakoon, D., and N. Perera, 2016, “Sri Lanka: Regional Sea Transport Hub” in Plummer, M.G, P.J Morgan and G. Wignaraja (eds.), Connecting Asia: Infrastructure for Integrating South and South East Asia”, Edward Elgar, U.K.

Weerakoon, D., 2015, “Implications of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Sri Lanka” (with J. Wijayasiri, N. Perera, S. Jayaratne, R. Ekanayake,  K. Hewage and D. Premaratne for the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade.

Weerakoon. D., and N. Perera, 2014, “The Role of Sri Lanka in Enhancing Connectivity between South Asia and Southeast Asia”, ADBI Working Paper Series No. 487, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo.

Weerakoon, D., 2012, “Sri Lanka’s Economic Reform Process: Progress and Constraints” in Dee, P., (ed.), Economic Reform Processes in South Asia: Towards Policy Efficiency, Routledge, Oxford, UK.

Weerakoon, D., 2012, “Towards a Cooperative Framework for South Asia: Economic Development and Regional Integration”, in Nihar Nayak (ed.), Cooperative Security Framework for South Asia, Pentagon Press, New Delhi.

Weerakoon, D., 2011, “An Uncertain Future for Policy Reforms in South Asia”, East Asia Forum Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 3, Australian National University.

Weerakoon. D., and N. Arunatilaka, 2011, “Macroeconomic Policy for Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work for All: Sri Lanka Country Study”, Employment Working Paper No. 110, International Labour Organization, Geneva.

Weerakoon, D., 2011, “The Role of the Market Regime in Transformation from Developing to Middle Income Country: What Next?” in Kelegama, S., and D. Gunawardena (eds.), Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Vijitha Yapa, Colombo.

 

Arunatilake, N., P. Jayawardena, and D. Weerakoon, 2011, “Sri Lanka” (with N. Arunatilake, and P. Jayawardena) in Kelegama, S., (ed.), Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia, Sage Publications, New Delhi.

Weerakoon, D., 2011, “Sri Lanka’s Economic Reforms: The Efficiency of Micro Reforms in South Asia”, for the South Asia Bureau of Economic Research (SABER), Australian National University.

Weerakoon, D., 2010, “The Political Economy of Trade Integration in South Asia: The Role of India”, The World Economy, Vol. 33, No. 7, pp. 851-957.

Weerakoon, D., 2010, “Implementing Preferential Trade Agreements for Development: A Case Study for Sri Lanka” for the World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Weerakoon, D., S. Jayasuriya, N. Arunatilake and P. Steele, 2010, “Sri Lanka” in Jayasuriya, S., and P. McCawley (eds.), The Asian Tsunami: Aid and Reconstruction after a Disaster, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar and Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute.

Weerakoon, D., 2010, “SAFTA: Current Status and Prospects” in Ahmed, S., S. Kelegama and E. Ghani (eds.), Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Beyond SAFTA, World Bank and Sage Publications, India.

Arunatilake, N., S. Jayaratne, P. Jayawardena, R. Jayaweera and D. Weerakoon, 2010, ”Different Approaches to Migration and its Impacts: A Sri Lankan Perspective”, for the South Asia Network of Economic Institutes (SANEI), Pakistan.

Weerakoon, D., 2009, “”Bilateral FTAs in South Asia: Recasting the Regionalism Debate”, The Lahore Journal of Economics, Vol. 14, pp. 155-170.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2009, “Country Investment Study: Sri Lanka” in Intraregional Trade and Investment in South Asia, Manila: Asian Development Bank.

Weerakoon, D., , 2009, “Sri Lanka”, in J. Francois, P. Rana and G. Wignaraja (eds.), National Strategies for Regional Integration: South and East Asian Case Studies, London: Anthem Press and Manila: Asian Development Bank.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2008, “SAFTA: Which Way Forward?” Journal of South Asian Development, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2008, “Economic Integration in South Asia: The Benefits of Bilateralism versus a Regional Approach”, South Asian Affairs, Vol.1, No.1, January-June 2008.

 

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2008, “India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement: Lessons for SAFTA”, for the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2008, “Trade Facilitation: Priorities for South Asia” in South Asia Yearbook of Trade and Development 2007: Harnessing Gains from Trade-The Domestic Reform Agenda, Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), India.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2008, “Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty: Sri Lanka” in M.A. Razzaque and S. Raihan (ed.), Trade, Development-Poverty Linkages: Reflections from Selected Asian and Sub-Saharan African Countries, Volume 1, Jaipur: CUTS International.

Weerakoon, D., 2007, “Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Challenges and Constraints” in A.S Raju (ed.), Reconstructing South Asia: An Agenda, New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House.

Weerakoon, D., 2007, “Economic Cooperation between East Asia and South Asia: Sri Lanka Country Study” for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila.

Weerakoon, D., S. Jayasuriya, N. Arunatilake and P. Steele, 2007, “Economic Challenges of Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Sri Lanka”, Discussion Paper No. 75, Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “SAFTA: Myth of Free Trade”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No. 37.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “SAFTA: An Analysis of the Potential Restrictions on Free Trade”, for the UNDP Regional Centre, Colombo.

Weerakoon, D., 2006, “SAARC: Possibilities and Constraints” in A.Siddiqui (ed.), India and South Asia: Economic Development in the Age of Globalization, New York: M.E. Sharpe.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “Sri Lanka in the WTO Doha Round Negotiations: Issues and Concerns”, South Asian Journal, Vol. 12, April-June 2006.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty: Case Study of Sri Lanka”, for the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), India.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “Trade Liberalization and Poverty: The Case of Sri Lanka”, Trade Insight, Vol. 2, No. 3.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty: Sri Lanka”, LST Review, Vol. 16, Nos. 222 & 223 April-May 2006.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2006, “Trade Facilitation in South Asia: Doha Round and Beyond”, Briefing Paper No. 2, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal.

Jayasuriya, S., N. Maskey and D. Weerakoon, 2005, “A Single Currency for South Asia: The Economics and Politics of Monetary Integration”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 40, No. 29.

Weerakoon, D., B. Weeraratne and J. Thennakoon, 2005, “Multilateral Agreement on Trade Facilitation: An Important but Complex Agenda for South Asia”, South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round: In Search of a True Development Agenda, Jaipur: CUTS International.

Jayasuriya, S., P. Steele and D. Weerakoon, 2005, “Post Tsunami Recovery: Issues and Challenges in Sri Lanka”, Asian Development Bank Insitute, Research Paper No. 71, Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Thennakoon, 2005, “Trade Facilitation: A South Asian Perspective”, Trade Insight, Vol. 1. No. 4.

Weerakoon, D., 2004, “Globalization and South Asia: The Role of Foreign Direct Investment in Economic Development”, South Asian Survey, Vol. 11, No. 1.

Jayasuriya, S., N. Maskey, and D. Weerakoon, 2004, “Monetary Cooperation in South Asia”, for the South Asia Network of Economic Institutes (SANEI), India. 

Weerakoon, D., 2004, “Peace and Economic Reforms”, South Asian Journal, Vol. 4, March-June 2004.

Weerakoon, D., 2004, “The Influence of Development Ideology in Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Policy Reform Process” in S.Kelegama (ed.) Sri Lanka: Economic Policy Issues and Debates: A Festschrift in Honour of Gamani Corea, India: Sage Publications.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2004, “WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing: Implicatons for the Garments Industry” in S. Kelegama (ed.) Ready-made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Facing the Global Challenge, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2003, “Implications to Member States of Progression from SAPTA to SAFTA”, for the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu,Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2002, “The Implications of Building a South Asian Free Trade Area: Challenges and Constraints to Regionalism in South Asia”, for the SAFTA Task Force of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nepal. 

Weerakoon, D., and R. Salih, 2003, “Asian Financial Crisis and South Asia: Sri Lanka Country Study” in Ali Rashid, M., and M. Solaiman (eds.), Asian Financial Crisis and South Asia, Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Bangladesh.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2002, “Regionalism in South Asia: The Relevance of SAPTA for Sri Lanka”, South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Weerakoon, D., 2002, “Economic Cooperation under a Regional Framework: The Constraints and Challenges for SAARC” in D. Banerjee (ed.), SAARC in the Twenty-First Century: Towards a Cooperative Future, New Delhi: India Research Press.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2002, “The Implications of Building a South Asian Free Trade Area: Challenges and Constraints to Regionalism in South Asia”, for the SAFTA Task Force of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Weerakoon, D., and S. Jayasuriya, 2002, “Economic Integration with Special Reference to the Role of FDI in Regional Integration” in S. Afroze (ed.), Regional Cooperation in South Asia: New Dimensions and Perspectives, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka.

Weerakoon, D., 2001, “Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Is there a Future?”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XXXVI, No. 34.

Weerakoon, D., 2001, “Impediments to Economic Cooperation in South Asia: An Overview” in S. Kelegama (ed.), Impediments to Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia, Colombo: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Jayasuriya, S., and D. Weerakoon, 2001, “FDI and Economic Integration in the SAARC Region” in T.N. Srinivasan (ed.), Trade, Finance and Investment in South Asia, New Delhi: Social Sciences Press.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2001, “Regionalism in South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective”, International Economics Series No. 6, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Jayasuriya, S., and D. Weerakoon, 2001, “India-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Links” in P. Shome (ed.), India and Economic Cooperation in South Asia, New Delhi: Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.

Weerakoon, D., 2001, “Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement: How Free Is It?”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 34, No. 8.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 2000, “WTO and the Textile and Garment Sector: Implications for Sri Lanka”, South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1.

Jayasuriya, S., D. Weerakoon and J. Wijayasiri 2000, “Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Integration in the SAARC Region”, for the South Asia Network of Economic Institutes (SANEI), India.

Weerakoon, D., 2000, “Japanese Foreign Direct Investment in Sri Lanka: Lessons from the East Asian Experience” in K.V. Kesavan and L. Sharma (eds.), Japan-South Asia: Security and Economic Perspectives, New Delhi: Lancer Books.

Weerakoon, D., 2000, “Multilateral is Better than Bilateral”, Himal South Asia, Vol 13, No. 9.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri 1999, “The MFA and Textiles and Clothing Industry: The Implications for Sri Lanka after 2005”, for the World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Weerakoon, D., and J. Wijayasiri, 1999, “Sri Lanka and ASEAN: Assessing a Sectoral Dialogue Partnership”, for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo.

Weerakoon, D., and R. Salih, 1999, “The Asian Financial Crisis and South Asia: Impacts, Responses and Policy Implications – The Case of Sri Lanka”, for the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Weerakoon, D., 1998, “SAPTA/SAFTA: Implications for Sri Lanka” Upanathi (Journal of Sri Lanka Association of Economists), Vol.9, Nos. 1&2.

Weerakoon, D., and R. Salih, 1998, “Capital Account Liberalization and Financial Crises in East Asia: Lessons for Sri Lanka”, Macroeconomic Series No. 12, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Weerakoon, D., 1998 “Evaluation and Identification of Issues Regarding Realisation of South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA)”, for the International Development Center of Japan, Tokyo.

Weerakoon, D., S. Kelegama, and R. Salih, 1998, “Report on the South Asian Preferential Trade Agreement (SAPTA)”, for the Presidential Committee on SAPTA, Government of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

Rannan-Eliya, R., D. Senagama, D. Weerakoon and H. Athurupane, 1998, “Monitoring the 20/20 Compact on Budget and Aid Restructuring: Sri Lanka”, Colombo: UNICEF/UNDP.

 

Weerakoon, D., 1997, “Recent Economic Reforms, Regional Integration and Labour Markets in the SAARC Region: Sri Lanka Survey Report”, for the Research and Information System (RIS), New Delhi.

Weerakoon, D., 1997, “Japanese Assistance for the SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry”, for the International Development Center of Japan, Tokyo.

Weerakoon, D., and L. Ratwatte, 1995, “The Role of Japan in Asian Development: Lessons for Sri Lanka“, International Economics Series No. 4, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Weerakoon, D., and H. White, 1995, “How Open has the Sri Lankan Economy Become? Trends in Trade and Trade Taxes: 1977-1993”, Institute of Social Studies, Working Paper Series No. 205, The Hague, Netherlands.

Presentations

“Managing Migration: The Political Dynamics of Human Migration”
At the Sixth Asian Relations Conference: Non-Traditional Themes in Asian Foreign Policies
Organized by the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA),
New Delhi, India
23-24 March, 2015.

“Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia: Sri Lanka”
At the “Technical Conference for Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia”,
Organized by Asian Development Bank Institute,
Manila, Philippines
6-7 November, 2013.

“Migration Across South Asia: Emerging Trends and Opportunities”
At the 5th South Asia Economic Summit
Organized by the Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI),
Islamabad, Pakistan
11-13 September, 2012.

“Learning to Monitor Think Tanks”
At the “Think Tank Initiative Exchange”,
Cape Town, South Africa,
18-20 June, 2012.

“Sri Lanka and MDGs: Lessons from Early Achievers”
At the “Advocacy Training Workshop for LDCs in Achieving MDGs”,
Kathmandu, Nepal
18-20 April 2012.

“Economic Development and Regional Integration”
At a conference on “Collaborative Security Framework for South Asia”
Organized by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA),
New Delhi, India
15-16 November, 2011.

“Managing Migration and Remittances: A Sri Lankan Perspective”
At the “Fourth South Asia Economic Summit”
Organized by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD),
Dhaka, Bangladesh
22-23 October, 2011.

“Macroeconomic Policy for Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work for All: Sri Lanka Country Study”
At the “Employment Policy Knowledge Building Workshop”
Organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO),
Geneva, Switzerland
20-23 September, 2011.

“Political Economy of Policymaking: A South Asian Perspective”
At a workshop on “East and South Asia Economic Integration”
Organized by the Australian National University,
Canberra, Australia
17-19 August, 2011.

“Effective Implementation of PTAs: Case Study of Sri Lanka”
At the “WTO/ESCAP Regional Seminar on the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements for Asian Economies”
Organized by the WTO/ESCAP,
Bangkok, Thailand
25-27 July, 2011.

“Aid and Reconstruction after a Disaster: Sri Lanka’s Experience with the Tsunami”
At a regional policy workshop on “Regional Economic Integration: Sharing Asian Experiences”
Organized by the ADB and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore,
Singapore
15-18 February, 2011.

“Recent and Upcoming Fiscal Reforms in Sri Lanka”
At a workshop on “Collaborative Research on Fiscal Policy in Asia”
Organized by the Governance Institutes Network International (GINI),
Singapore
8-9 August 2010.

“Economic Reforms in Sri Lanka: Progress, Constraints and Prospects”
At a conference on “Advancing Economic Integration in South and East Asia”
Organized by the Australian National University,
Canberra, Australia
11-12 February, 2010.

“Regional Economic Integration: Deepening of SAFTA”
At the 2nd South Asia Economic Summit”
Organized by the Research and Information System (RIS),
New Delhi, India
11-12 December, 2009.

“Looking Beyond the Crisis: Trade and Investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Development”
At the “Expert Group Meeting on Facilitating Global and Regional Trade”
Organized by the UN-ESCAP,
Bangkok, Thailand
14-15 July, 2009.

“Economic Reforms in Sri Lanka: Progress and Constraints”
At a Roundtable on “Efficiency of Economic Policy Formation, Development and Implementation in Key South Asian Economies”
Organized by the Australian National University in collaboration with ICRIER,
New Delhi, India
29-30 June, 2009.

 

“Bilateralism in South Asia: Recasting the Regionalism Debate”
At the Fifth Annual Conference on “Growth, Trade and Development”
Organized by the Lahore School of Economics,
Lahore, Pakistan
20-21 April, 2009.

“Sri Lanka Country Investment Regime”
At a conference on “Intra-regional Trade and Investment in South Asia”
Organized by the ADB,
Kathmandu, Nepal
4-5 December, 2008.

“Financial Sector Reforms in South Asia”
At a conference on “Financial Sector Reforms in South Asia and Economic Integration in Asia”
Organized by the Australian National University, and the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR),
Mumbai, India
17 November, 2008.

“Economic and Political Challenges in Sri Lanka: An Overview”
At a conference on “South Asia: Environment and Human Security”
Organized by AusAID,
Canberra, Australia
2-3 October, 2008.

“Ways Forward for South Asian and East Asian Intra-regional Integration”
At a conference on “Micro-Economic Foundations of Economic Policy Performance in Asia”
Organized by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India and Australian National University,
New Delhi, India
3-4 April, 2008.

“India’s Role in SAARC Integration and Way Ahead”
At a conference on “India’s Role in South Asian Economic Integration”
Organized by the Indian Council of Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and the ADB, New Delhi, India
10 March, 2008.

“Key Trade and Development Issues and the New Realities in the Geography of the World Economy”
At a conference on “Pre-UNCTAD XII Civil Society Forum”
Organized by CUTS Hanoi Resource Centre,
Hanoi, Vietnam
6-7 March, 2008.

“Impact of Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements on SAFTA”
At a conference on “Roundtable on SAFTA: An Enabler of South Asian Regional Integration”
Organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI),
Bhurban, Pakistan
17-18 April, 2007.

“Linking Aid for Trade with TDP Initiatives”
At a conference on “Linkages between Trade, Development & Poverty: Civil Society Organizations & Aid for Trade”
Organized by the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS),
Nairobi, Kenya
15-16 March, 2007.

“Post Tsunami Economic Recovery: Sri Lanka Two Years On”
At a conference on “Two Years after the Tsunami: Redevelopment in Comparative Contexts”
Organized by the Indonesian Economic Association,
Jakarta, Indonesia
18 December, 2006.

“Sri Lanka: Trade and Investment Relations with East and South Asia”
At a workshop on “Economic Cooperation between East Asia and South Asia”
Organized by the ADB,
Singapore
27-28 November, 2006.

“Trade and Poverty Linkages in Sri Lanka”
At a seminar on “Trade, Development and Poverty Linkages”
Organized by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS),
Bangkok, Thailand
24-25 November, 2006.

“South Asian Free Trade Agreement”
At the 8th Annual Conference of the Economic Freedom Network Asia on “Preferential Trade Agreements: Local Solutions for Global Free Trade?”
Malaysian Institute of Economic Research,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12-13 September 2006.

“Trade and Development”
At the Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) organized by the World Trade Organization, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
26-27 April, 2006.

“Preference Erosion and Aid for Trade”
At a workshop on “WTO Doha Round and South Asia”
Organized by the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS),
Jaipur, India
21-22 April, 2006.

“SAFTA: Sensitive Lists, Rules of Origin and NTBs”
At a seminar on “SAFTA: Business Opportunities and Challenges”
Organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
New Delhi, India
13 March, 2006.

“Trade, Development and Poverty Initiatives: Ways to Maximize Policy Coherence”
At a symposium on “Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty Reduction”
Organized by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS),
Geneva, Switzerland
24-25 November, 2005.

“Post-Tsunami Recovery: Issues and Challenges in Sri Lanka”
Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan
8 September 2005.

“Market Access: Agreement on Textile and Clothing”
At the Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) organized by the World Trade Organization, University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong
6 May, 2005.

“Trade, Development and Poverty: Analytical Issues”
At a seminar on “Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty”
Organized by CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment,
Jaipur, India
18-19 March, 2005.

“Economic Integration in South Asia: From SAPTA to SAFTA”
At a conference on “Reconstructing South Asia: Vision and Mission Ahead”
Organized by the Osmania University,
Hyderabad, India,
8-9 July, 2004.

“WTO and the Agreement on Textile and Clothing”
At the Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) organized by the World Trade Organization, University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong
1 July, 2004.

“Implications of Building a South Asian Free Trade Area”
At a seminar on “Follow-up of SAARC Summit Decisions”
Organized by the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS),
Dhaka, Bangladesh
18th May, 2004.

“SAFTA: Non-tariff Barriers and Rules of Origin”
At a “Roundtable on SAFTA: Agenda for Trade Liberalization SAARC”
Organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Lahore, Pakistan
27 April 2004.

“Indo-Lanka FTA: Experiences for SAFTA Negotiations”
At a seminar on “SAFTA: Agenda for Trade Liberalization”
Organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI),
New Delhi, India
3 March, 2004.

“Geo-Economic World Order in the Wake of Current Changes in the World and its Impact on South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective”

At a seminar on “Emerging Trends in Geo-economic World Order”
Organized by the Foundation for Research on International Environment, National Development and Security, Islamabad, Pakistan
2-4 December, 2003.

“Lessons for Asian Experiences on Fiscal Decentralization”
At a conference on “Developing and Strengthening the System of Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Fiscal Decentralization”
Organized by the World Bank and the Korea Development Institute, Seoul, Korea
21-23 July, 2003.

“Globalization and Foreign Direct Investment: The South Asian Experience”
At a conference on “Globalization, Civil Society and Philanthropy: Toward a New Political Culture in the 21st Century”, Rockefeller Archive Centre and the University of Saskatchewan, New York, USA
5-7 June, 2003.

“Implications to Member States of Progression from SAPTA to SAFTA”
Fourth Meeting of the Committee of Experts on Drafting a Comprehensive Treaty Regime for a South Asian Free Trade Area, SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu
27-29 December, 2002.

“Challenges to the Textiles and Garment Industry after the MFA”
At a seminar on “World Trading System and South Asia: Post-Doha Challenges”
Research and Information Systems (RIS), New Delhi, India
23 July, 2002.

“WTO and South Asia: Lessons from the Past”
At a seminar on “WTO and South Asia: Lessons and Strategies”
Organized by CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment, New Delhi, India
9-10 March, 2002.

“Economic Cooperation under a Regional Framework: The Constraints and Challenges for SAARC”
At a seminar on “SAARC in the New Millenium”
Organized by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal
11-12 December, 2001.

“Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement”
At a seminar on “Indo-Lanka Conference”
Organized by Security and Policy Risk Analysis (SAPRA),
New Delhi, India
1-2 September, 2001.

“Economic Cooperation in South Asia with Special Reference to the Role of FDI in Regional Integration” At a conference on “Regional Cooperation in South Asia: Interfacing New Dimensions and Perspectives”, Organized by Bangladesh Institute for International and Strategic Studies,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
22-24, October 2000.

“Textiles and Clothing Sector in South Asia”
At a workshop on “South Asian Regional Cooperation on International Trade”
Organized by CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment,
Kathmandu, Nepal
14-15 July 2000.

“Japanese FDI in Sri Lanka”
At a conference on “Japan-South Asia Co-operation during the Post Cold War Period”
Organized by Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India
8-10 March 1999.

“Regionalism in Trade: SAPTA and the Implications for Sri Lanka”
At a seminar on “Economic Integration in South Asia”
Organized by International Development Centre of Japan,
Tokyo, Japan
26-27 November 1998.

“Sri Lanka Tripartite Session on Fostering Economic Cooperation in South Asia”,
Second SAARC Expert Group Meeting
Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries,
New Delhi, India
26-27 March, 1997.

“Regional Economic Cooperation and South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective”
At a seminar on “Schemes of Regional Economic Cooperation Aimed at Fostering Economic Growth in South Asia: The Role of Japan”
Organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Oct 29-Nov 2, 1995.

Commentary
Blogs

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lanka’s Debt Overhang: Getting Better, or Worse?”, Talking Economics, IPS, May 2017.

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lanka’s Extended Fund Facility Arrangement: Its Mostly Fiscal”, Talking Economics, IPS, July 2016.

Weerakoon, D., “Breaking Sri Lanka’s Economic Gridlock”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, March 2016.

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lanka Opens the Door to Economic Reforms”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, December 2015.

Weerakoon, D., “Insights into Sri Lanka’s Re-based GDP Estimates”, Talking Economics, IPS, September 2015.

Weerakoon, D., “Charting a Course for Sri Lanka’s Economy: Politics Triumph Economics for Now”, Talking Economics, IPS, June 2015.

Weerakoon, D., “The Economics of Sri Lanka’s Mid-term Elections”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, January 2015.

Weerakoon, D.,“Making Monetary Policy Work in Sri Lanka”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, July 2014.

Weerakoon, D., “The Credit Dilemma: Monetary and Financial System Stability in Sri Lanka”, Talking Economics, IPS, May 2014.

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lankan Economy Looking Good, but in Need of Long Game”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, January 2014.

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lanka’s Post-conflict Economic Development”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, October 2013.

Weerakoon, D., “Sri Lanka’s External Stability: Foreign Debt and Export Earnings”, Talking Economics, IPS, May 2013.

Weerakoon, D., “Fiscal Imperatives for Growth and Stability”, Talking Economics, IPS, November 2012.

Weerakoon, D., “An Uncertain Future for Policy Reforms in South Asia”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, October 2011.

Media

‘Sri Lanka Trade at Crossroads?’ Financial Times, July 2017

No Headroom for External Borrowings for Next Two Years”, Daily Mirror, November 2016.

Plotting a Web of Structural Reforms”, Echelon, November 2016.

China’s New Silk Road“, Channel News Asia, September 2016.

China’s High Seas Ambitions”, Der Spiegel, June 2016.

China’s Jewel in the Heart of the Indian Ocean”, The Diplomat, May 2016.

Why China and Sri Lanka Need Each Other”, CNBC, March 2016.

Currency ChitChat”, Financial Times, October 2015.

Govt. Heading for Major Foreign Reserve Crisis”, The Island, October 2015.

China Gets Spurned in Sri Lanka”, Bloomberg, May 2015.

In the Spotlight: Budget 2014”, Benchmark/LMD, December 2013.

India and its Near-Abroad: Your Friendly Big Brother”, The Economist, February 2012.