Economy News from Sri Lanka: The main economic event of the country, the 2019 Sri Lankan Economic Summit (SLES), at today’s Cinnamon Grand Colombo (17). The two-day event is about re-calibrating the economic trajectory of Sri Lanka by 2025 to guide Sri Lanka’s path toward growth and prosperity.
Today’s event brings together over 450 local and foreign attendees from prominent company leaders, policymakers, and specialists who play a main role in shaping their respective countries ‘ domestic growth. The event will also be recognized as the Chief Guest by the Honorable Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Honorable Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
Penning a signal for the SLES, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that one of the ways to contribute to domestic growth is to have a concrete concept of how to move forward.
“I would like to encourage the private sector to be more strongly engaged in these efforts and to congratulate the Chamber of Commerce of Ceylon for their leading position,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ceylon Chamber Chairman Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya thinks that by adopting a strategically selected set of policy levers, a high focus on execution across government and private industries, and an unwavering faith in inclusive development, Sri Lanka’s economy could achieve USD 134 billion by 2025, starting today at USD 89 billion. Reiterating the message from Dr. Wijayasuriya, CEO of Ceylon Chamber Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake indicated that the Chamber plays a crucial role in contributing to a policy-formulating discourse.
“We will soon share our own ideas with policymakers to attain what we think to be the domestic financial goals to be pursued by 2025,” she added.
The keynote session of the Summit will be addressed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Recalibrating Sri Lanka’s Economic Trajectory. Dr. Wijayasuriya will provide the welcome note and an introduction to the 2020-2025 Economic Acceleration Framework of the Ceylon Chamber. The speeches will be followed by a panel discussion which will include keynote speakers, Shri Suresh Prabhu, former Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation of the Government of India and Official Emissary of the Indian Prime Minister at the G7 & G20 Forum; Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy, Governor of the Sri Lankan Central Bank; and Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar In