Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of the Asia and the Pacific 2015

The 2015 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was launched at the IPS Auditorium in Colombo, under the patronage of the State Minister of Finance Mahinda Samarasinghe. The event was organized by the IPS together with the United Nations Information Centre, (UNIC) Colombo.

The flagship publication of the ESCAP – the regional arm of the United Nations – provides policy options for the government to overcome short and medium term challenges and maintain the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development in the Asia and the Pacific. The Survey 2015 assesses the region’s outlook as it navigates through domestic challenges and global economic uncertainties providing policy options and strategies to sustain inclusive growth.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe stressed that “Comprehensive reconciliation is paramount to protect Sri Lanka’s rich diversity and achieve sustainable development”.

IPS Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama made a presentation on the Report’s main theme “Inclusive Growth”, while W.A. Wijewardena, Former Deputy Governor of CBSL highlighted the “Risks and Challenges for the Sri Lankan Economy.” Joern Soersensen, Country Director, UNDP provided an introduction to the report while co-author of the report Dr. Shuvojit Banerjee, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP presented a summary of the report. Representatives from the state and private sector, the UN and the media were among those present at the event.

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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015


Launch of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015 
Shuvojit Banerjee
Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP

Making Growth More Inclusive – Sri Lankan Experience 
Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS

Risks and Challenges for the Sri Lankan Economy 
W. A. Wijewardena, Former Deputy Governor, CBSL