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 Will the BRICS Bank and Fund Boost Global South?
Daily Star
23rd July 2014

 

 Chinese Financial Assistance to Boost Intra-Regional Trade in South Asia
East Asia Forum
17th July, 2014

 

 China-Sri Lanka FTA: Meeting the Challenges
DailyFT,
17th July, 2014

 

 Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Ties Make Major Strides
The Daily Star,
7th July 2014

 

Key Challenges Facing the Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka
DailyFT
27th June, 2014

 
  International Publications
  Local (Sri Lankan)   Publications

Impact of Trade Imbalances: Contemporary Trade Policies and Agreements’
In Indraratna A.D. V. De S. and Saratha Vidanagama (eds.) Achieving Economic Goals in the Midst of Global Challenges, 2012

‘The Case for Liberalization of Tea Imports for Increasing Value Addition and Enhancing Tea Exports from Sri Lanka’
in W. Wimalaratana (ed.). Agriculture and Rural Development in Sri Lanka, DRC, University of Colombo, 2011

“Compiling Input-Output (IO) Tables and Social Accounting Matrices (SAMs) for Sri Lanka: Review of Progress, Problems and the Challenge”
(with J. Bandara) in Senanayake, S.M.P. et. al (ed.), Development Perspectives: Growth and Equity in Sri Lanka – A Festschrift in Honour of Prof. W. D. Lakshman, Department of Economics, University of Colombo, 2008
 
 
 
Dr.Saman Kelegama - Executive Director - IPS
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“Sri Lanka 2.0 & Beyond: Fast Tracking Economic Development 2020”, CMA International Management Accounting Conference 2014, Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, 18-20 June 2014
 “Sri Lanka 2.0 & Beyond: Fast Tracking Economic Development 2020”, CMA International Management Accounting Conference 2014, Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, 18-20 June 2014
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Forum 2014, Beijing, China, 27-28 May 2014
 Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Forum 2014, Beijing, China, 27-28 May 2014

Second Asian Think Tank Summit on the theme “Promoting Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration” at the Asian Development Banking Institute (ADBI), Tokyo, Japan, 20-22 May 2014
 A  Second Asian Think Tank Summit on the theme “Promoting Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration” at the Asian Development Banking Institute (ADBI), Tokyo, Japan, 20-22 May 2014
A presentation on “China as a Balancer in South Asia: An Economic Perspective” at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 7th May 2014
 A presentation on “China as a Balancer in South Asia: An Economic Perspective” at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 7th May 2014
Regional Workshop on “WTO and Post-Bali Work Programme for Asia”, Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5-6 May 2014
 Regional Workshop on “WTO and Post-Bali Work Programme for Asia”, Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5-6 May 2014
International Conference on “Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education”, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan, 23rd April 2014.
International Conference on “Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education”, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan, 23rd April 2014.
 
 


Saman Kelegama is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Prior to this appointment as the Executive Director he was a Research Fellow of the IPS from 1990-1994. He is a trade policy economist who also works on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics.

He obtained his doctorate -- D.Phil (Econ) from Oxford University, UK in 1990. He has an MSc (Econ) from Oxford University and MSc (Maths) first class degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. He was a Government of India Cultural Scholar for his undergraduate studies during 1978-1983.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia South Asia Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1998); Government of India Distinguished Visiting Scholar (1998); Salzburg Fellow (1997); USIS International Visitor (1993); and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (1992/3). He has been (and is) a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colombo, Post-Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BDTI), Sri Lanka and several other institutions. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, UN-ESCAP, Commonwealth Secretariat, among other organizations.

Dr. Kelegama has served in the Board of Directors of many government, private sector and professional institutions, and currently serves in the governing boards of a number of regional and international institutions. Dr. Kelegama has also served as Chairman in many Sri Lankan and regional associations, and groupings and has represented the Sri Lankan academia at a number of official delegations. During 2002-2004, Dr. Kelegama was the Economic Advisor to the Minister of Industries, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Kelegama has presented papers in many international seminars and delivered public lectures in many fora both in Sri Lanka and overseas. He serves as the co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal which is published by Sage International Publications, and serves in the editorial Board of the PIM Journal – Sri Lanka Journal of Management. He has published a number of books and over 100 articles in refereed journals. Most of his writings have been on the Sri Lankan economy, regional integration and WTO issues. A book he edited titled: “Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates” in 2004 is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date books on the Sri Lankan economy. He has also written to many local and international Magazines and served as a popular columnist to local newspapers.