Janaka Wijayasiri is a Research Fellow and Head of International Economic Policy research at the IPS. Since joining the IPS in 1999, his areas of research interest have been primarily related to trade issues at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. These include issues of policy significance to Sri Lanka in areas covering bilateral and regional preferential trade initiatives, multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and issues related to the textile and garment, tea and spice industries in Sri Lanka. He has been part of Sri Lanka’s official delegation representing the academia at regional forums such as Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC). He has also participated in various bilateral trade negotiations with other countries with which Sri Lanka currently seeking agreements.
He has a number of publications to his name which have appeared as articles and chapters in both journal and book publications. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Indian Ocean Rim Studies (JIORS). He has served as a judge for the ‘Sri Lanka Entrepreneur of the Year’, organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka’s ‘NCE Exports Awards.’
Janaka Wijayasiri holds a BA in Economics with Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK and an MA in Economics of Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands, and PhD from Monash University, Australia. He has also received training in GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project) from the Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University, Canada.
Group of Experts of the BIMSTEC
Member of the Committee
Government of Sri Lanka
Committee for Globalization, Trade Development and International Economic Policy
Member of the Committee
Government of Sri Lanka
Trade Liberalization Committee
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Wijayasiri, J. and Samaratunge, R. (forthcoming) Food Standards Governing the Tea Value Chain in Sri Lanka: Stakeholders’ Perspectives, Research Studies: Working Paper Series
Madurawala, S., Hirimuthugodage, D., Premaratne, D. and Wijayasiri,J. (forthcoming) Constraints on Women-owned and lead Micro, Small Medium Entreprises (WMSMEs) in Spice and Coir Sectors of Sri Lanka, Working Paper Series
Madurawala, S., Hirimuthugodage, D., Premaratne, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2017) “South Asian Country Study on Products with Regional Trade Potential and Associated Non-tariff Barriers, with Special Focus on Women Micro Small Medium Enterprises (WMSMEs) – A case of Sri Lanka”, Report prepared for UNDP Regional Centre, Bangkok.
Wijayasiri, J., Premaratne, D. and Perera, N. (2016) Exporters’ Perceptions on Accessing the Chinese Market under China-Sri Lanka FTA, Prepared for The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Colombo.
Jayaratne, S.and Wijayasiri, J. (2016), Facilitating Trade between India and Sri Lanka, Working Paper Series No. 22, March 2016,
Jayaratne, S., Premaratne, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2016), Trade and Transportation Audit: Sri Lanka, Working Paper Series No.26, November 2016
Wijayasiri, J., Jayaratne, J. and Ekanayake, E. (2015/2016) One-Stop-Shop Functions of the Board of Investment (BOI), Report Prepared for JICA.
Wijayasiri, J., Jayaratne, J. Premaratne, D. and Perera, N. (2015) Study on China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement, Prepared for Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCC), The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), http://www.ips.lk/index.php/13-r-highlights/1160-study-on-china-sri-lanka-free-trade-agreement
Wijayasiri, J. and Jayarathne, S.(2009) Impact of Information Technology (IT) in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sri Lanka, Research Studies: Working Paper Series No.13 July 2009
Wijayasiri, J. (2009) ‘Opportunities and Risks of Liberalizing Trade in Services:Maldives’ Country Study‘, in S. Kelegama (ed.) Trade in Services in South Asia: Opportunities and Risks in Liberalization, Sage Publications, New Delhi.
Wijayasiri, J. and Dissanayake, J. (2008), Trade, Innovation and Growth: The Case of Sri Lanka’s Textile and Clothing Industry, IPS Working Paper Series No. 12.
Wijayasiri, J. and De Mel, D. (2008), BIMSTEC-Japan Cooperation in Trade and Investment: A Sri Lankan Perspective, CSIRD Discussion Paper #38, May
De Mel, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2008) ‘Domestic Preparedness of Sri Lanka with respect to Services Trade Liberalisation: Case Study of the Telecom Sector’, in S. Raihan (ed.), Domestic Preparedness for Services Trade Liberalization: Are South Asian Countries Prepared for further Liberalization?, South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round: In Search of A True Development Agenda, Vol.3, CUTS, India
Wijayasiri, J., Jayaweera, S. & Dissanayake, J. (2008) Assessing and Reformulating SAARC Road Map, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, Paper No: 18, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
Wijayasiri, J. and Dissanayake, J. (2008) Trade and Innovation in the Textile and Clothing Industry: Case study on Sri Lanka, A Report for the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD.
Wijayasiri, J. (2007) Utilization of Preferential Trade Arrangements: Sri Lanka’s Experience with the EU and US GSP Schemes, Janaka Wijayasiri: Institute of Policy Studies No 2907, Working Papers from Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC,
Wijayasiri,J. (2007) ‘Maldives in the WTO’, in S. Kelegama (ed.) South Asia in the WTO, Sage Publications, New Delhi.
Wijayasiri, J. and Samad, S. (2007) ‘Preference Erosion and Aid for Trade: A South Asian Perspective’ in South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round: In Search of A True Development Agenda, Vol.2, CUTS, India
Kelegama, S and Wijayasiri, J. (2004) ‘Overview of the Garment Industry in Sri Lanka’, in S. Kelegama (ed.) Ready-made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Facing the Global Challenge, Karunaratne & Sons, Colombo.
Kelegama, S. and Wijayasiri, J. (2004) ‘Indo-Sri Lanka Bilateral Free Trade Agreement and the Garment Industry’, in S. Kelegama (ed.) Ready-made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Facing the Global Challenge, Karunaratne & Sons, Colombo.
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2004) ‘WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing: Implications for the Garment Industry’, in S. Kelegama (ed.) Ready-made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Facing the Global Challenge, Karunaratne & Sons, Colombo.
Wijayasiri, J et al. (2004) Liberalization of International Air Transport in Sri Lanka: Policy Options, International Economic Series No.7, July 2004, IPS, Colombo.
Kelegama, S. and Wijayasiri, J. (2003) ’50 years of Economic Cooperation’, Sri Lanka –Germany: Fifty Years of Friendship and Cooperation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in collaboration with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Colombo.
Wijayasiri, J. (2003) ‘Cooperation in Tourism among the BIMST-EC Countries: Prospects and Constraints’, Bangladesh Institute of International Studies Journal, Vol.24, No. 4, pp.483-510.
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2002) ‘Regionalism in South Asia: The Relevance of SAPTA for Sri Lanka’, South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, January-June 2002.
Wijayasiri, J. (2002) ‘Book Review: Technology, Economic Growth and Crises in East Asia’, Sri Lanka Economic Journal – New Series, 3(1) June 2002, pp 126-129.
Wijayasiri, J. (2002) ‘Book Review: South Asia Development and Cooperation Report 2001/02’, South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.3, No. 2, July-December 2002, pp.287-291 .
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2002) The Implications of Building a South Asian Free Trade Area: Challenges and Constraints to Regionalism in South Asia, SAFTA Task Force of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Dhaka, Bangladesh
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2002) Implications to Member States of Progression from SAPTA to SAFTA, A Report Prepared for the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Wijayasiri, J. and Jayawardena, T. (2001) ‘South Asia’s Competitive Advantage in Knowledge-based Economy; in S. Kelegama (eds.) Impediments to Economic Cooperation in South Asia, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Colombo.
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2001) Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective, International Economic Series No. 6, November 2001, IPS, Colombo.
Institute of Policy Studies (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015) Contributed Chapter on ‘International Environment’, in State of the Economy Report, Karunaratne & Sons, Colombo.
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (2000) ‘Garment & Textile Sector in Sri Lanka’, South Asian Economic Journal, Volume 1, No.2, Sept. 2000.
Wijayasiri, J. (2000) ‘Book Review: Trade policy issues in Asian Development’, Sri Lanka Economic Journal – New Series, 1(2) December 2000, pp 136-139.
Gunatileka, N. and Wijayasiri, J. (2000) Annotated Bibliography of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies in Sri Lanka, MIMAP-Sri Lanka Series, May 2000, IPS: Colombo.
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (1999) Prospect for a Sectoral Dialogue Partnership between Sri Lanka and ASEAN, A Report Prepared for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo.
Weerakoon, D. and Wijayasiri, J. (1999) Textiles and Clothing Sector in Sri Lanka, A Report Prepared for the World Bank.
China-Sri Lanka FTA: Opportunities and Challenges
“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)
August 25, 2015
Accessing New Employment Markets Abroad
International Conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”,
14 August, 2014
Preference Erosion and Aid for Trade: A South Asian Perspective
“WTO Doha Round and South Asia: Linking Civil Society with Trade Negotiations (SAFIT-II)”
New Delhi, India
21-22 December, 2006
Utilization of Preferential Trade Arrangements: Sri Lanka’s Experience with EU and US GSP Schemes
“Third ARTNeT Consultative Meeting of Policy Makers and Research Institutions”
1-2 November, 2006
Textiles and Clothing: Possible Scenario After 2004
“Annual Conference of South Asian Civil Society Network on International Trade Issues on South Asian Agenda for the Cancun Ministerial”
24-25 July, 2003
SACEPS Taskforce Report on the Challenges and Constraints to Regionalism in South Asia
National Task Force Seminar of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies
Colombo, Sri Lanka
28 February, 2003
Tourism Cooperation among the BIMSTEC Countries: Prospects and Challenges
“Sub-Regional Cooperation among BIMSTEC Countries and the Role of Japan”
11-12 March, 2002
Trade is Not Just for Big Businesses: Role of Sri Lankan SMEs in Trade, Nov 28, 2016