ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main business lobby, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, is forming thought-leadership groups to made up of private sector and government members in a bid to influence economic strategy.
These National Agenda Committees (NACs) will “represent the country’s foremost insights on key strategic economic themes,” a statement said.
The ‘National Agenda Committees’ will be a set of multi-stakeholder groups functioning under the CCC, to “challenge conventional thinking, develop new insights, and put forward innovative solutions for key national economic challenges.”
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce chairman Samantha Ranatunga said the Sri Lankan economy is at an important “inflection point” and the private sector has an important role to play in influencing the island’s future growth trajectory.
“Some key challenges and bottlenecks need to be tackled and we need to develop cutting-edge thinking,” he said.
“What better way to do this than by bringing the best minds together to develop new ideas and solutions?”
The first set of five NACs are being launched this month covering investment climate, infrastructure, finance and capital, logistics and transport, and the innovation eco-system.
“The NACs will start as communities of interest, and move to become communities of purpose and communities of action,” said Anushka Wijesinha, Chief Economist of the CCC and curator of the NACs.
“The members for each NAC are being carefully selected to represent the most relevant, current and knowledgeable individuals from business, government, academia, and civil society.”