Sri Lanka economic forum to fast track investment, growth

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. 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.

The ‘Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2011’ brings together representatives from the state, business, aca