Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018 was held on 13th and 14th September 2018, and successfully concluded once again for the 18th consecutive year. This year, it was held on the theme of ‘On the Fast Track to a Turnaround’.

Mr. Arun M. Kumar, Chairman and CEO of KPMG India addressed the summit at its opening as the keynote speaker, and Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe  delivered the keynote at the closing session. 50 top expert speakers and panelists spoke at SLES 2018, forming a high standard intellectual debate on issues that relate to state and private sector efforts of driving an economic turnaround. The summit saw the attendance of 400 participants and the majority consisted of Chairpersons, CEOs, Senior Management of the corporate sector, senior public sector officials, and academics.
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Below are a few highlights from Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018:

Fast-tracking Sri Lanka’s growth – DailyFT

No change in policy direction: Eran – DailyFT

Sri Lanka taking pre-emptive steps as global liquidity tightens – EconomyNext

Sri Lanka ‘Port City’ marine engineering work over by mid-2019 – EconomyNext

Sri Lanka has to improve budgets, keep flexible exchange rate: IMF rep – EconomyNext

Sri Lanka's CB independent; will intervene in forex markets if needed: Eran – EconomyNext

Balancing China and India partnerships and diversifying exports key for Sri Lanka – LBO

Use technologies already have before aiming for Blockchain: CDO of MAS Holdings – LBO

Budget deficit is trending down - state finance minister – The Island

From buyer driven to producer driven networks - Dr De Silva – Daily News

Build resilient rural economy – Hegde – Daily News

Trade wars will have implications on Lanka – Sahay – Daily News

Economic policy vital to attracting Port City Investment India noted as potential investor – Ceylon Today

Be wary of easy Chinese money - Indian KPMG head – Ceylon Today

Capitalise connectivity to fast-track growth - Hans Wijayasuriya – Sunday Observer

Govt. to introduce digital ID soon – DailyFT

PM says SL economy moving into challenging ‘uncharted territory’ – DailyFT

Country will be rid of debt burden by 2025, says PM – Sunday Observer

Govt to work closer with private sector: PM – Ceylon Today

Prime Minister admits delays in government’s reform agenda – Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka needs to move from buyer to producer driven production : Harsha – LBO

Data science, AI focus to achieve $5bn Sri Lanka IT export target – EconomyNext 

Sri Lanka's private sector should set up education institutions: PM – EconomyNext

China’s BRI massive economic opportunity for SL: PM – DailyFT

SCB sees big scope for Colombo Port City – DailyFT

Be ready for mergers, acquisitions as economy opens up, Sri Lankan firms told – EconomyNext

India, Sri Lanka urged to be more open; new trade deal expected in December – EconomyNext

H’tota Port ready to ‘fast track’; but lacks skilled people – Sunday Observer

Energising the bureaucracy; Rather than energise, reinvent the bureaucracy say Ministry Secretaries – Sunday Observer

‘Education system should focus on needs of modern job market’ – Sunday Observer

Budget 2019 : Women’s Chamber seeks improvement in ‘ease of doing business’ – Sunday Observer

Economic turnaround or going ‘round and round’ in cycles – Sunday Times

Policies promoting e-commerce and digital transactions key for Sri Lanka to enter Fourth Industrial Revolution: Hans – Daily Mirror

Go for niche products, Sri Lanka’s Spa Ceylon tells small businesses – EconomyNext

Sri Lanka's regulations, multiple state agencies blocking progress – EconomyNext

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018 Fast tracking Sri Lanka’s economic turnaround – Ceylon Today

Online Govt. trade portal set to fail if structural problems go unchecked: Leading researcher – DailyFT