Kithmina Hewage is a Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. His research interests include international political economics, foreign direct investment, international trade policy, and private sector development, with a focus on regulatory reforms. He is a member of government taskforces in relation to domestic economic policy reforms and is a national consultant to the International Trade Centre (ITC). He has published articles in several international journals and other national and international outlets. Kithmina completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and an MSc in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL).
Steering Committee to monitor the process of formulating the National Policy for Industrial Development, Ministry of Industries, September 2020 – Present
Taskforce to Improve National Accounts and Compilation System & Related Activities:
GIG Platforms for the Services Sector
Member of Taskforce (2019)
“Social Media for Business: An Initial Scoping Exercise for Sri Lanka”, (February 2020), Policy Discussion Brief, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Apparel Sector in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Doing Good Index (2017)
Global Transformation Map (2017)
D.Weerakoon, K. Hewage, “Fiscal Policy, Growth, and Macrostability” Chapter, in S. Kelegama “Tax Policy in Sri Lanka: Economic Perspectives”
K. Hewage, V. Subramaniam, “International Environment” Chapter in State of the Economy Report 2017
Book review of “South Asia’s Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create Next Export Powerhouse” for South Asian Economic Journal (2017)
Fiscal Policy for Growth: Sustainable Finance for Development, Chapter in State of the Economy Report 2016
Presentation on ‘Sri Lankan economy: Key Challenges and Opportunities’
For senior staff at UNDP, Sri Lanka
05 November 2019
Public lecture on ‘Brexit and its Implications on the Sri Lankan Economy’
Organised by the UNP-YPO
19 March 2019
Panelist on ‘Sri Lanka’s Post Conflict Development Finance’
At Panel Discussion on ‘The Belt and Road Initiative’
Organised by the University of Colombo, Faculty of Arts
28 February 2019
University of Colombo
Presentation on ‘Cross-border E-Commerce Ecosystem in Sri Lanka’
Building Bridges Digitally – E-Commerce and Its Potentials in South Asia
Organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Confederation of Indian Industry
13 October 2018
Mount Lavinia Hotel
Presented by Kithmina Hewage
At the ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum
Organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Presented by Kithmina Hewage
At the Trans Himalaya Development Forum
Organized by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
9-12 July 2017
“China’s Silk Route initiative has gained greater importance than initially expected due to shifts in the international economic order catalyzed by populist politics in the West.” – China’s Silk Route in a Changing Global Order.
Presented by Kithmina Hewage at the ‘Symposium on the Land of Abundance and the Silk Road’
April 7-9, 2017
Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences
At the Conference on Unleashing South Asia: Connectivity, Sub Regional Initiatives, Energy and Investment Protection
Mumbai – India
September 24, 2016
At World Consumer Rights Day Forum 2016
March 15, 2016
At the International Seminar on Imagining South Asia in 2030: Emerging Trends, Challenges, and Alternatives
Pondicherry University, India
March 1 – 3, 2016
Requiem for a Deal: The Influence of Foreign Aid on Cooperation Between Developing Nations at the WTO
IPS In-House Seminar, IPS Conference Room
January 5, 2016
Sri Lanka 2020: Year in Review, South Asian Voices, December 2020.
Protecting Sri Lankan MSMEs During a Pandemic: A Need for Innovative Solutions, Talking Economics, September 2020.
Sri Lanka’s Fight Against COVID-19, South Asian Voices, April 2020.
The Great British Breakoff: Brexit and Its Implications on Sri Lanka, Talking Economics, February 2019.
“Sink or Swim? Sri Lanka in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, Talking Economics, June 2019
“The Great British Breakoff: Making Sense of the Brexit Debacle”, Talking Economics, March 2019
“Walk Before You Run: Defining the Scope of the “Single Window” for Trade in Sri Lanka”, Talking Economics, April 2019
South-South Investment: A Necessary Synergy with Development Finance (Talking Economics)
Sri Lanka’s New Regionalism: Looking Beyond South Asia (South Asian Voices – Stimson Centre)
A Pillar of Sri Lanka’s Economy, Garment Workers Ostracized After A COVID Outbreak at a Factory, Huff Post, 16 November 2020.
Impact of import restrictions on micro and small enterprises on Prime-Time English News, News1st, 20 October 2020.
Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges on “Face the Nation”, News1st, 05 October 2020.
SL’s future depends not on outdated feudalistic system but on becoming partner of a digital economy – Daily FT, 15 July 2019
Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Sri Lanka – News First, 09 July 2019
Come buy my wares: On Instagram Of Course – Sunday Times, 02 June 2019
Chinese debt diplomacy is drowning Sri Lanka’s economy and environment – TRT World, 03 April 2019
Economy in urgent need to reorient: IPS (Daily FT)
Biz 1st Interview (TV1)