Economic Summit to focus on leveraging locational advantage to boost trade, logistics sectors

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The upcoming ‘Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016’ will have a separate session to discuss how Sri Lanka can utilize its locational advantage to boost the country’s International trade and logistics sectors.


 The session which is titled as “International Trade and Logistics – Leveraging on Location,’ will  have three keynote speakers, namely Sarathkumara Premachandra, Managing Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Steve Saxon, Expert Partner of McKinsy & Company and Dr. Saman Kalegama, Executive Director of Institute of Policy Studies.


 The trio’s keynote speeches would be followed by a panel discussion, which would be taken part by Dr. Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director of Hayleys Advantis Limited. The session would be moderated by Thilan Wijesinghe, who is the Chairman of TWCorp. Among the keynote speakers, Sarathkumara Premachandra, is a SLPA veteran having previously served as its Additional Managing Director and Director operations. 


He has started his SLPA career as a management trainee.  Steve Saxon of McKinsy & Company, focuses primarily on transport, infrastructure, and logistics. His clients are typically networked transportation businesses, notably airlines and shipping. Dr. Saman Kelegama, another keynote speaker of the session is a trade policy economist who also works on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics. Meanwhile, among the panelist, Dr. Harsha de Silva, prior to entering active politics was a development banker, consultant economist and was engaged in co-founding the country’s largest market and social research agency. 


While his session partner Ruwan Waidyaratne has been a pivotal figure in driving the transportation and logistics sector of the Hayleys Group to the forefront of the industry. He is having wide scale expertise in the business of shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and aviation


This session, which will take place on the 3rd August, will discuss what Sri Lanka need to do in order to become a global logistics hub, by utilizing its strategic geographical location of being closer to busiest international shipping lanes in the world.

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