Saman Kelegama Memorial Lecture 2019
The Saman Kelegama Memorial Lecture was delivered by Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva, on 26 September 2019, at the Hilton Colombo.
‘Managing Domestic and International Challenges and Opportunities in Post-conflict Development: Lessons from Sri Lanka’, a publication released in memory of Dr. Kelegama, was also presented to the minister.
Edited by Dr. Dushni Weerakoon and Prof. Sisira Jayasuriya and published by Springer, the book contains contributions by locally and internationally eminent Sri Lankan economists. Paying tribute to Dr. Kelegama’s legacy, the publication draws lessons from the story of Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development in the context of a struggle for sociopolitical reconciliation, a turbulent world economy and difficult internal and external political challenges. The book is of interest to researchers, policymakers and development.
Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference 2018
The Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference was organised to mark the first-year death anniversary of its former Executive Director, late Dr. Saman Kelegama, around the theme ‘Managing Domestic and International Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Conflict Development: Lessons from Sri Lanka.’ It was held on 29 – 30 June 2018 at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.
The Keynote Address was delivered by the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who noted that Sri Lanka has to address weaknesses in trade competitiveness, eliminate trade barriers, tackle anti-dumping legislation, and help domestic industries become competitive.
The opening remarks were delivered by the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrema, paid tribute to Dr. Kelegama, who made a tremendous contribution to the country’s economic policy, especially trade policy of Sri Lanka.
It was attended by eminent economists both in Sri Lanka and overseas, including economists of Sri Lankan origin in Australia and the US and key figures from South Asian think tanks and international agencies.
Saman Kelegama Memorial Lecture 2018
Delivering the inaugural Saman Kelegama Memorial Lecture, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy noted that Dr. Kelegama was an embodiment of many qualities, both professional and human; despite his many accolades and achievements, he was always modest, kind, unassuming, and humane, the Governor further highlighted.
The lecture was held on the theme ‘Managing Domestic and International Opportunities and Challenges for Stability and Growth’ on 25 June 2018, at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium of the IPS.
Launch of Professional Manager Commemorating Dr. Kelegama
A special issue of the Professional Manager – a collection of articles commemorating the illustrious life of late Dr. Saman Kelegama – was launched on 03 April 2018 at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium of IPS. The magazine is a publication of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM).
Delivering the welcoming remarks at the launch, Dushni Weerakoon, Executive Director of the IPS, noted that Dr. Kelegama was known for his modesty and humility, despite his towering professional achievements, among all those who crossed paths with him. He served as the Executive Director of IPS from 1995 until his untimely demise in June 2017.
A statement sent by Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, read out during the event, said that Dr. Kelegama was a “once in a generation individual.”
Speaking at the event, Wickrema Weerasooria, a member of the Board of Management of PIM, as well as the Chairman of the IPS Endowment Trust Fund, said that he shared a close relationship with Dr. Kelegama. Dr. Weerasooria recalled Dr. Kelegama’s dedication to IPS, making it his second home, and working tirelessly to ensure its independence and research quality.
IPS Auditorium Named after Dr. Saman Kelegama
IPS on 25 September 2017 named its state-of-the-art auditorium as the ‘Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium’, dedicating it to its late Executive Director, in memory of his vision, leadership, and guidance to the IPS, especially in establishing the Institute’s Head Office at Independence Square.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Kelegama’s wife, Mrs. Eranthika Sirimavo Kelegama and his two children, Chandana and Jayathri, as special guests, as well as the IPS staff.