The process and institutional arrangements that underpin policy efficiency are critical factors in overcoming economic and political barriers to growth and development. Policy efficiency can ensure that difficult but necessary reforms are identified, prioritized, initiated, implemented, and sustained over time.

In view of Sri Lanka’s current demographic transition, higher growth will have to come from improved labour productivity and efficiency, encompassing a gamut of regulatory reforms to raise competitiveness and institutional capacity in the economy. This calls for policies that will allow for a reallocation of factors of production; diversification, upgrading, and deepening of the production and export baskets; and use of new production methods and processes and different inputs.

Presentations
2020

Guest Lecture on “Institutional Economics and COVID-19” for final year students specialising in Economics at the University of Colombo (via Zoom).

30th April 2020

Chathurga Karunanayake

Presentation on ‘Tobacco Tax Modelling’

WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub Workshop Briefing on Tobacco Tax Modelling
Organized by IPS
14 January 2020
IPS, Colombo 07

Harini Weerasekera

2019

Presentation on ‘Socio-Demographic Stimuli Behind Conspicuous Consumption in Sri Lanka: The Case of Luxury Automobiles’

8th International Economic Research Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists
Organized by Faculty of Business Studies and Finance, University of Wayamba
20 December 2019
University of Wayamba, Sri Lanka

Chathurga Karunanayake

Sri Lanka’s Experience with Think Tanks

At a conference on ‘Strengthening Policy Analysis in Support of Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals’
Organized by UNESCAP
New Delhi, India
18-21 November 2019

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

 

Presentation on ‘Border Tax Evasion in Sri Lanka

ADB Regional Workshop on Economic Globalization Statistics
Organized by ADB
15 June 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia

Harini Weerasekera

“Financing the BRI: Lessons from Sri Lanka”
at the 7th China-South and Southeast Asia Think Tank Forum
organized by the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences
Kunming, China
12-13 June 2019

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Guest Lecture on ‘Conspicuous Consumption and Decorative Consumption’

Organized by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo
30 April 2019
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Chathurga Karunanayake

Guest Lecture on ‘Alternative Economic Thought, Non-utilitarian Consumption Behavior and How Buddhist Economics could be Utilised as a Remedy’

Organized by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo
26 March 2019
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Chathurga Karunanayake

“Infrastructure, Financing and Belt and Road Initiative: Lessons for Emerging Economies”
At a conference on “Harnessing Trade Policy for Global Integration: Commonwealth Consultation for the Asia-Pacific Region”
organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore
Singapore
28-30 May 2019

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

 

2018

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

(By: Kithmina Hewage)

Discussant at the Round table discussion on ‘Towards an Asian Narrative on Tax Justice and Financial Transparency
Organized by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability & Financial Transparency Coalition, India
29 – 30 October 2018
New Delhi, India

Chathurga Karunanayake

Presentation on ‘Genesis of Decorative Consumption’
IPS In House Seminar
19 July 2018

Chathurga Karunanayake

Presentation on ‘The Effect of National Power on Economic Performance’
IPS In House Seminar
25 October 2018

Nuwanthi Senaratne

Presentation on ‘Implementation issues concerning the National Single Window for Trade in Sri Lanka. Tasks to be Performed in Preparation of the Start of Operations
Public- Private Consultation on Sri Lanka National Single Window (NSW)
Organised by the International Trade Center (ITC) in collaboration with Govt. SL as part of the EU- Sri Lanka Trade related assistance
26 September 2018
Colombo

Nuwanthi Senaratne

Presentation on ‘Government Agency as the Operator for the NSW: Case study for Philippines and New Zealand
Public- Private Consultation on Sri Lanka National Single Window (NSW)
Organised by the International Trade Center (ITC) in collaboration with Govt. SL as part of the EU- Sri Lanka Trade related assistance
24 July 2018
Colombo

Nuwanthi Senaratne

Presentation on ‘What Governance mechanism for Sri Lanka National Single Window?
Public- Private Consultation on Sri Lanka National Single Window (NSW)
Organised by the International Trade Center (ITC) in collaboration with Govt. SL as part of the EU- Sri Lanka Trade related assistance
24 May 2018
Colombo

Nuwanthi Senaratne

Presentation on ‘What functionalities for Sri Lanka Single Window? Paperless customs: Case study of Mauritius
Public- Private Consultation on Sri Lanka National Single Window (NSW)
Organised by the International Trade Center (ITC) in collaboration with Govt. SL as part of the EU- Sri Lanka Trade related assistance
05 April 2018
Colombo

Nuwanthi Senaratne

2017

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.

(by : Kithmina Hewage )

2016

Presentation

on “Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook”, at the conference on “HNB Annual Branch Managers”, HNB Auditorium, Colombo, 6 February.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “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”, organized by UMISARC, University of Pondicherry, India, 1 – 3 March.

(By: Kithmina Hewage)

Presentation on “Importance of Agri-food Standards in Food Value Chains in Sri Lanka” at national workshop on “Food Value Chain Development”, organized by IPS together with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the support from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), IPS Auditorium, 6 April.

(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presented main findings on the “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Study” to the members of the AMCHAM, IPS Conference Room, 20 April.

(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presentation on “Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook” at the “South Asia Frontier Conference”, organized by CT CLSA Securities, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, 1 June.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Air Connectivity in South Asia” at “South Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth Conference”, organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Turyaa Kalutara, 3 June.

(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presentation on “Inclusive Growth and Governance in a Post-Conflict Setting: The Case of Sri Lanka” at “Inclusive and Accountable Governance in South Asia” conference, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 and 21 July.

(By: Kithmina Hewage)

Panelist on “Sri Lanka’s Growth Challenges” at the “Sri Lanka Country and Employment Diagnostics Studies”, organized by ADB, Hilton, Colombo, 19 August.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Challenges to a BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement (FTA): A Sri Lankan Perspective” at Regional Consultation of BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tank, organized by RIS, New Delhi, 27 September.

(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

2015

“Opportunities and Challenges along the Belt and Road with a Specific Focus on Sri Lanka”
At the BCIM Regional Interconnection Conference
Organized by Institute of World Economics and Politics/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Beijing, China
02 August 2015

Nipuni Perera

“Opportunities and Challenges along the Belt and Road with a Specific Focus on Sri Lanka”
At the BCIM Regional Interconnection Conference
Organized by Institute of World Economics and Politics/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Beijing, China
02 August 2015

Presentation on ‘Trade and Transportation Audit in Sri Lanka’
At Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on Trade and Transport Facilitation
Colombo, Sri Lanka
20 January 2015

By Suwendrani Jayaratne and Dharshani Premaratne

Presentation on “Research Outreach through Blogging” at a session on “Written Tools for Engagement” at the 2nd TTI Exchange, Istanbul, Turkey, 18 to 20 February.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

“India’s Economic Growth: Opportunities and Challenges for Sri Lanka”
At the International Conference on India and its Neighbours: Policy Priorities for the New Government Organized by Center for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India
24-25 March 2015

Nipuni Perera

Presentation on “Institutional Mechanisms for Promoting Trade and Investment in Knowledge – Based Industries in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Region”
at the international conference on “India and the Indian – Ocean Renewing the Maritime Trade and Civilization Linkages” , Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India, 22 March.

(By: Raveen Ekanayake)

Presented the summary of the discussions and the way forward in the concluding session of the “Workshop on Post-Bali Issues and Preparation for the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference: A South Asian Perspective”, organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and IPS, Galadari Hotel, Colombo, 18 and 19 May.

(By: Suwendrani Jayaratne)

Presentation on “Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Outlook” as Guest Speaker at EU Economic Counsellors Meeting, EU Office, Colombo, 2 July.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Promoting Regional Economic Integration, Women Entrepreneurs’ Challenges and Opportunities: Evidence from South Asia – A Case of Sri Lanka” at the 24th International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Annual Conference, organized by IAFFE, Berlin, Germany, 16 – 18 July.

(By: Sunimalee Madurawala)

Presentation on “Potential and Challenges to Trade Expansion under Sri Lanka-China FTA in the Context of One Belt, One Road Initiative” at “One Belt, One Road” and BCIM Regional Interconnection Conference, organized by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China, 25 August.

(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presentation on “Opportunities and Challenges along the Belt and Road with a Specific Focus on Sri Lanka” at “One Belt, One Road” and BCIM Regional Interconnection Conference, organized by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China, 25 August 2015

(By: Nipuni Perera)

Moderated a session on “Global Value Chains: Challenges and Opportunities” at the 3rd Asian Think Tank Forum organized by the Asian Development Bank and Malaysia Institute of Economic Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 and 9 September.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Role of the Board of Investment as a One-Stop-Shop in Attracting Japanese Investors to Sri Lanka” for the members of the Task Force for More Japanese Investors to Sri Lanka, BOI, 8 September.

(By: Suwendrani Jayaratne)

Joint presentation on “Economic and Strategic Perspective of Central Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia Relations with China” at the “International Seminar for Young Scholars on Economic Development Issues”, organized by the Graduate School Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China, 17 September.

(By: Nipuni Perera)

Panellist at the Gamani Corea Foundation lecture on “Towards a New Growth Model: Macroeconomic Compulsions and Structural Challenges”, BMICH, 15 October.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Economic Outlook and Reform Options” at the launch of the “Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2015” Report, IPS Auditorium, 20 October.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook: An Overview” at the “DFCC Economic Forum”, DFCC Head Office, 23 October.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Panellist to a session on “Economic Collaboration” at the “36th Annual National Conference of Chartered Accountants”, BMICH, 05 November.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Proposed China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA): Prospects and Challenges” at the conference on “The Maritime Silk Road and the China-Sri Lanka Relations”, Shanghai, China, 05 and 06 November.

(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presentation on “Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook” to the Analysts Group of Copal Amba Research, WTC, 12 November.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Gave an interview to Zela Chin, Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong on “Chinese and Hong Kong investments in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 16 November.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Panellist at the session on “Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation” at the “8th South Asian Economic Summit”, organized by SDPI, Islamabad, Pakistan, 07 and 08 December.

(By: Dharshani Premaratne)

Presentation on “NTMs & NTBs: Sri Lankan Experience in the SAARC Region”, at the “National Level Training of Trainers on Non-Tariff Measures and Non-Tariff Barriers in the SAARC Region” conference, organized by the FCCISL & SAARC Promotion Network in Kathmandu, Hotel Renuka, Colombo, 08 December.

(By: Suwendrani Jayaratne)

Presentation on “Exporter’s Perspective on NTBs in China” at a Stakeholder Consultation Meeting organized by IPS, IPS Conference Room, 15 December.

(By: Dharshani Premaratne)

2014

Presentation on “Think Tanks: Contributions, Challenges and Solutions” at a conference on “The Status and Role of Social Science Research in Asia: Emerging Challenges and Policy Issues” organized by the Indian Council of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India, 13 to 15 March.

(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Youth, Technology and Agriculture in Sri Lanka” at the World Conference on Youth 2014, BMICH, 8 to 10 May.

(By: Anushka Wijesinha)

Presentation on “Innovation Policy Landscape” to visiting WIPO delegation, Registrar of Companies Conference Room, 6 June.

(By: Anushka Wijesinha)

Presentation of the 1st draft of the Trade Facilitation Sri Lanka Case Study at the “Project Advisory Committee Meeting and the Researchers Meeting” of the South Asian Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit Project, Nepal, 3 and 4 July.

(By: Suwendrani Jayaratne)