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Sri Lanka’s Leading Economic Summit Kicked-off

COLOMBO | Wednesday September 18, 2019 | NewsLanka | Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Press Release |The country’s foremost economic event, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, kicked  off at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo, on Tuesday 17. The two-day event (17-18) was themed around Re-calibrating Sri Lanka’s Economic Trajectory Towards 2025, to guide Sri Lanka’s journey towards development and prosperity.

There were about 450 local and international participants consisting of prominent business leaders, policymakers, and experts who play a key role in shaping national development in their respective countries.

Penning a message for the SLES, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that having a concrete idea on how to move forward, is one of the ways to contribute to national development.

“I would like to encourage the private sector to become more closely involved in these endeavours, and congratulate the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for the leading role they played,” he said.

Ceylon Chamber Chairman Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, meanwhile, believes that through the adoption of a strategically chosen set of policy levers, an elevated focus on execution across government and private sectors, and an unwavering belief in inclusive development, Sri Lanka’s economy could reach 134 Bn US Dollars by 2025, from the present day 89 Bn US Dollars. Reiterating Dr. Wijayasuriya’s message, Ceylon Chamber CEO Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake stated that the Chamber plays a pivotal role in contributing to discourse that must be had in policy formulation.

“We will shortly share with policy makers our own proposals to achieve what we believe are the national economic targets that should be sought to be achieved by 2025,” she added.

The Summit’s keynote session anchored on Recalibrating Sri Lanka’s Economic Trajectory. The welcome note and an introduction of the Ceylon Chamber’s 2020-2025 Economic Acceleration Framework was delivered by Dr. Wijayasuriya followed by a panel discussion which includes the keynote speakers, Shri Suresh Prabhu, former Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of Government of India and Official Emissary of the Prime Minister of India in the G7 & G20 Forum; Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka; and Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director , Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies in Sri Lanka.

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