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Keeping in mind Sri Lanka’s marked slowdown in economic growth over the last few years, and the need for a strategic plan to get back on track, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019 will examine strategies on growth, this September. The panel on Sri Lanka’s Next Growth Drivers will not scrutinise strategies alone, but will look at how policymakers can shape this growth to be inclusive for all.

Sensitivities to weather patterns and global market conditions are part of what has contributed to this slowdown, in addition to local policy uncertainty being one of the key reasons. With this need to address the lack of growth drivers in the economy, SLES 2019 has identified potential sectors that could contribute towards a RESET in economic growth. The sectors which will be tackled at the panel will include tourism, retail, agriculture, health, education, and transport and logistics.

Moderated by Mr. Shiran Fernando, Chief Economist at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the panel will feature Ms Shiromal Cooray, Chairman, Jetwing Hotels, focusing on tourism; Mr Murali Prakash, Group Managing Director/CEO, AMBEON Capital PLC/AMBEON Holdings PLC, focusing on retail; Mr Rizvi Zaheed, Director, Vidullanka PLC, focusing on agriculture; Dr Ravindra P Rannan-Eliya, Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy focusing on the health sector; Prof. Nilanthi de Silva, Senior Professor Parasitology, University of Kelaniya focusing on education, and Mr Romesh David, CEO, South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd discussing on transport and logistics.

 The session will identify the growth targets between now and then, including key targets to be achieved by 2025, utilising health and education as key growth enablers.

Registrations for the event are now open. For further information, please contact Niroshini on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0115588852; or Alikie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0115588805.