LBR LBO DEBRIEF to focus on unfolding economic and geo-political landscape


Nov 18, 2016 (LBO) –  The fourth edition of the “Economic and Business Climate Outlook 2017” will offer an overview of emerging Asia and the Sri Lankan economy, and the views of business leaders on navigating their businesses in 2017 amidst growing economic and geo-political volatility.

Lanka Business Online, LBO, will be hosting the annual LBR LBO DEBRIEF for the fourth consecutive year on Tuesday the 29th November 2016 at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

LBR LBO Debrief “Economic &Business Climate Outlook” is now a must-attend event prior to the beginning of the new calendar year, to gain a valuable insight into the unfolding economic and political scenario at global, regional and local levels.

“In a world of increasing economic integration, no business executive, investor, public sector official, academic or researcher can afford to be oblivious to the pulse of the economy in a global, regional and local context,” Lakshaman Bandaranayake, founding publisher of Lanka Business Online (LBO) and conference curator said.

“The fortunes of Sri Lanka’s economy during the next 12 months will be closely linked to that of the global economy, as well as to economic policy and the impact of the budget proposals. LBR LBO Debrief aims to bring clarity to political-economywhich is in a state of flux.”

LBR LBO DEBRIEF will see local and international speakers discuss the implications of the recent budget,in light of the expectations and strategies outlined in the Prime Minister’s policy statement to the economy and industry.

The program will specifically discuss and debate:

  • Critical examination of the outlook of the world economy, the state of play of key economies and what one can expect in the Sri Lankan economy.
  • Insightful perspectives on rapidly changing global security and political order
  • How the evolving political economic scenario will impact Sri Lankan business and economy
  • What the Budget of 2017 would mean to the industry and economy
  • How business leaders will navigate and steer their enterprises in 2017

“Today LBO is the leader in corporate conferences and seminar space,” Ranjan Hulugalle, Chairman of LBO, further elaborated the role of LBR LBO thought leadership events.

“The enthusiastic participation of members of the corporate fraternity and encouraging partnership extended by our sponsors is testament to the value created by our conferences on technology, enterprise leadership, the economic, policy and business landscape, and building brands in digital space.”

The confirmed speakers include leading local and international economists, senior business executives, researchers and international media professionals.

The speaker confirmed as at 14th of November are: Vajira Kulathillake (Chairman / Colombo Stock Exchange – CSE), Eteri Kvintradze PhD (Resident Representative / International Monetary Fund), Rajitha Kariyawasan (Managing Director / Haycarb PLC), Suarav Anand (South Asia Economist/Standard Chartered Bank), Shashi Kandambi Jassim (Senior DGM – Corporate Banking / Sampath Bank), Kumudu Gunasekera, PhD (Director / Stax), Dee Liyanwela (Executive Director – Exchange Technology / London Stock Exchange Group – LSEG), Ralph Van Doorn (Senior Country Economist /Global Practice for Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management, World Bank), Mano Tittawella (Chairman / EAP Holdings), Subhashini Abeysinghe (Senior Analyst and Head of Economics / Verité Research), Gunjan Gulati (Economist/IFC of World Bank Group), ArjunaHerath (Partner/ EY), Deshal de Mel (Senior Economist / Hayleys Group), Amal Sanderatne(CEO / Frontier Research), Paulius Kuncinas (Managing Editor, Asia, Oxford Business Group) and Shiran Fernando (Senior Analyst and Product Head: Economic and Equity Research / Frontier Research).

Six insightful keynote presentations will be the foundation of the event.

In addition to the six keynotes, three thought provoking panel discussions will aim to explore how the evolving political-economic scenario will impact Sri Lankan business/economy, and how Sri Lankan business leaders intend to navigate their enterprises in 2016.

Speaking on the partnership of Sampath Bank, Tharaka Ranwala, Senior DGM – Consumer Banking said, We believe our interests in supporting the growth of the business sector in Sri Lanka converges with the role LBO is playing in creating an informed business audience.

“In this context, LBR LBO DEBRIEF, which brings vital insights from different angels, is of significant value to professionals in both the public and private sector. As in the past, we look forward to an exciting and stimulating conference.”

Shanaka Abeywickrama, Head – Marketing, Corporate Communication and Sustainability of MillenniumIT and London Stock Exchange Group in Sri Lanka, commenting on the LBR LBO DEBRIEF said:

Another sponsor of the event MillenniumIT said the new normal of business climate is complexity, uncertainty and volatility and in this context, having near real-time visibility of end-to-end supply chains and performance metrics on mission-critical processes is of immense value in making timely and informed business decisions.

“As Sri Lanka’s leading systems integrator, we are delighted to continue our partnership with LBR LBO thought leadership events to empower local corporates to build smarter businesses.”

Interested participants are directed to for ticket availability.

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