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).

Advisory work

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)

Research

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

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

Presentations

Presentation on ‘Sri Lankan economy: Key Challenges and Opportunities’

For senior staff at UNDP, Sri Lanka
05 November 2019
Jetwing Lagoon

Public lecture on ‘Brexit and its Implications on the Sri Lankan Economy’

Organised by the UNP-YPO
19 March 2019
Hatch, Colombo

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

Economic Outlook: Sri Lanka

Presented by Kithmina Hewage
At the ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum
Organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
20-21 September

Industrial Policy and Development in Sri Lanka

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

Air Connectivity in South Asia

At the Conference on Unleashing South Asia: Connectivity, Sub Regional Initiatives, Energy and Investment Protection
Mumbai – India
September 24, 2016

Balancing the Scales: Taming Supermarket Buyer Power

At World Consumer Rights Day Forum 2016
IPS Auditorium
March 15, 2016

Re-Energising Economic Cooperation through Regional Aid for Trade: Lessons from Europe

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

Commentary
Blogs

Sri Lanka 2020: Year in Review, South Asian Voices, December 2020.

Sri Lanka’s Fight Against COVID-19, South Asian Voices, April 2020.

Walk Before You Run: Defining the Scope of the “Single Window” for Trade in Sri Lanka”, Talking Economics, April 2019

Sri Lanka’s New Regionalism: Looking Beyond South Asia (South Asian Voices – Stimson Centre)

Media