Sri Lanka Economic Summit brings together high-profile line-up of thought leaders



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Sri Lanka Economic Summit brings together high-profile line-up of thought leaders

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Saurav AnandIndrajit CoomaraswamyNivard CabraalHoward NicholasDiaan Yi LinMadu RatnayakeSandra De SoyzaRicardo HausmannAsish ShahSteve Saxxon

The upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2021, the foremost economic event of Sri Lanka, is prepared to host a lineup of contemporary dialogues under this year’s theme ‘Springboard for revival: Opportunity to reset’ on 6th and 7th December.

As the country’s most anticipated economic event, the summit will bring together key policymakers, business leaders and leading international experts representing key economic sectors, who will lend their expertise to foster a dialogue and chart the way forward for economic revival. The theme of this year’s summit reflects the need to be timely and proactive in identifying and seizing opportunities to reset while setting the stage for timely and sustainable post pandemic economic revival.

Day 1 of the summit will feature 3 sessions, exploring current and emerging economic trends as well as post-pandemic recovery, macro-economic challenges and the role of the private sector in developing policy and how Sri Lanka can leverage its potential as the commercial hub for Asia. Session 1 of the summit will be addressed by Mr. Saurav Anand – Economist, South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank and Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy – former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, while Session 2 will be presented by Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal - Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Dr. Howard Nicholas - International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. Ms. Diaan-Yi Lin – Senior Partner, Mckinsey & Company will address Session 3.

Day 2 will explore resetting Sri Lanka’s export portfolio, enhancing the existing market mix and driving diversification aggressively into growing sectors, including leveraging FTAs, moves towards establishing Sri Lanka as a technology hub and regaining the country’s foothold as a top tourist destination.

The Presenters on Day 2 will include Mr Madu Ratnayake - EVP, Chief Information Officer & General Manager, Virtusa, Ms Sandra De Zoysa - Chairperson, SLASSCOM, Professor Ricardo Hausmann - Director of the Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, Mr Ashish Shah - Director, Division of Country Programmes, International Trade Centre and Mr. Steve Saxon – Partner, McKinsey & Company.

The Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2021(SLES 2021) is scheduled to be held on 6th and 7th December as a hybrid summit catering to participants who would join online as well as participate in-person at the Shangri-la Hotel. The theme for the 21st Sri Lanka Economic Summit is based on creating an environment that will be a Springboard for Revival, leveraging on the Opportunity to Reset.

Participants have the opportunity to register online from for the entire two-day summit or choose the sessions of their choice. The Chamber looks forward to delivering a unique, digitally transformed experience to all participants in addition to in-person participation at the Shangri-La Colombo this year. Registrations for the event are now open. For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0115588852; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0115588805.