‘Fiscal reforms: An imperative for sustained growth’ is the theme for the 2016 annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) to be held on October 21 and 22.
At the technical sessions on October 22, the present fiscal policy and the resultant resource gap will be pinpointed. The magnitude of the debt crisis and the policy environment that was necessary to encourage private investment – both domestic and foreign – will be among the issues on the agenda.
Chairing the technical sessions on October 22 will be University of Peradeniya Professor PGIA Dr. Nimal Sanderatne, Institute of Policy Studies Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama, Economic Advisor to President and former World Bank Economist Sarath Rajapathirana, National Human Resource Development Council Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody and Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd Chairman Hemaka Amarasuriya. Papers will be presented by Central Bank Assistant Governor K.M.M. Siriwardena, Senior Lecturer Dr. Priyanga Dunusinghe, Institute of Policy Studies Deputy Director Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Prof. of Economics Ven. Wimalaratana, Research Economist Dr. Shan Fernando, Sri Lanka Economic Association Vice President Malraj Kiriella, Foundation Asia Secretary General and former UN ESCAP Director and Chief Economist Dr. Ravi Ratnayake, former University of Colombo Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean Prof. Sunil Chandrasiri and Board of Investment Research Officer Jeewani Sewwandi.
Discussants will be Central Bank Economic Research Additional Director Dr. Yuthika Indraratne, University of Colombo Professor of Economics Prof. Srimal Abeyratne, former Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman Dr. Anura Ekanayake and Research Fellow and IPS International Economic Policy Research Head Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri.
Attendance of the technical sessions requires prior registration. Application forms are in the brochure, which can be downloaded from the SLEA website, or collected by calling over at the SLEA office at No: 275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7.