Stakeholder Consultation: Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia

Anushka Wijesinha,Research Economist, IPS, made two presentations at a Stakeholder Consultation on Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia organized jointly by RIS (India) and the Pathfinder Foundation (Sri Lanka), and supported by the ADB, on Monday 11th July 2011 at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.

The first presentation was on ‘Trade in Services between India and Sri Lanka’, with Mangala Yapa (Managing Director/CEO of Colombo Dockyard PLC) and Rohan Samarajiva (Chair and CEO, LIRNEasia) as discussants. The presentation focused on the opportunities and challenges for services trade between the two countries, following previous presentations which had focused on the progress in trade in goods under the India-Sri Lanka-FTA.  Presentation

The second presentation was on ‘Value Chain Development for Fostering Regional Cooperation in South Asia: Case of Tea Sector in Sri Lanka’, with Rohan Fernando (Vice President, Sri Lanka Tea Exporters’ Association and Chairman of HVA Lanka Food Exports) as the discussant. The presentation, which was based on a study undertaken by RIS, conducted by Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Officer, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha, focused on the opportunities and challenges for building regional cooperation in the tea industry within South Asia, given that the region accounts for 45% of global tea production and 32% of black tea exports. Options for joint ventures in marketing among South Asian tea exporters were also discussed, as potential strategies for regional value chain development.  Presentation 

Participants at the Stakeholder Consultation included senior officials of the Departments of Commerce in Sri Lanka and India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka, private sector leaders, academics and researchers from Sri Lanka and India and officials from the ADB in Sri Lanka and India.