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Sri Lanka economic forum to fast track investment, growth
24 Jun, 2011 14:07:13
June 24, 2011 (LBO) - An economic forum next month organized by Sri Lanka's largest business chamber hopes to come up with initiatives to boost actual investments and growth after the end of a 30-year war, officials said.
The 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2011' brings together representatives from the state, business, academics and research institutes July 04.

Anura Ekanayake chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said the key points emerging from the forum will be used by the private sector for their investment decisions and feedback will also be given to the government for policy making.

"The end of the war has given Sri Lanka a huge opportunity and we have already seen the economy picking up speed and momentum," Ekanayake said.

"The idea of selecting this theme is to try and make it even better. So that the business community, government and society can figure what more can be done to take Sri Lanka's development path to an even higher trajectory."

That is we are focusing not only on theorizing but also converting theory to practice."

Set on a theme of 'Driving growth through fast track implementation' this years' two day forum will begin with a economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa and Treasury Secretary P B Jayasundra setting out government policy.

There will be plenary sessions on financial sector challenges, opportunities in tourism, information technology and business process outsourcing, human resource development and attracting investments and easing ways to do business.

"Now this is really of great significance and importance to the private sector," Lakshaman Watawala who heads the forum steering committee said.

"We have to ensure that these investments do really take off the ground."

There will be parallel sessions on ports and aviation and agriculture,

There will also be a session on breaking bottlenecks to development where several ministers and opposition lawmakers will also participate.

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