by Brian Tissera
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has joined hands with the
Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) to organise the Sri Lanka
Economic Summit for the second consecutive time, a CCC spokesman
said. It is to be held from June 6-8, 2007 at the Cinnamon
The chamber attempts to identify and address future economic
and commercial trends and to develop appropriate strategic plans
to meet these challenges. A nexus between the business
community, civil society and the state sector is needed to
fulfil national aspirations, the spokesman added.
By sharing views and past experiences, it is hoped that
national priorities could be stimulated towards realising the
objectives of the government’s ten-year plan. Key policymakers
could also join top business leaders of the country to present
Sri Lanka as a foremost destination for foreign investment.
On the first day of the summit, the macro economy and fiscal
policy with be discussed in the context of trade and investment.
The second day will be dedicated to reviewing the key thrust
business sectors of the economy and decide the strategies to
meet future challenges.
The inaugural session will be addressed by the
Chairman/Managing Director of Rediffusion - Dy & R. Arun Nanda.
He will speak on "Branding Sri Lanka for the global market." He
will be followed by the Guest of Honour, Minister of Enterprise
Development and Investment Promotion Sarath Amunugama.
A number of distinguished speakers would address the summit
the next two days. Among them are Secretary to the Treasury Dr.
P. B. Jayasundara, who will speak on "Macro economic framework
of the ten-year development framework," Country Director, A. D.
B. Richard Vokes on "The Asian experience," Minister of Export
Development & International Trade, Prof. G. L. Peiris on "Trade
and Investment Unleasing the Potential," World Bank Country
Director Ms Maoko Ishil on "Public-Private Partnerships for
Infrastructure Development," Commonwealth Advisor Dr. Sampath
Sirinivasan on "Fast Tracking Implementation," Minister of
Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Maithripala
Sirisena on "Development of the Agricultural Sector and Minister
for Industrial Development Kumar Welgama on "Industrial Growth
Minister of Telecommunication Rauf Hakeem will speak on
"Telecom Policy in Sri Lanka", while Tourism Minister Milinda
Moragoda will speak on "Strategy for Development of Tourism".
The Governor of the Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabral, will
speak on "Positioning Sri Lanka as a Financial Hub" and Chairman
of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Renton de Alwis on "Destination
Sri Lanka - Moving up the Value Chain".
The economic summit hopes to provide a strategic insight to
foreign and local investors on investment opportunities, explore
product development and market development opportunities,
provide the private sector with opportunities to form new
alliances and identify emerging growth sectors.
A report will be handed over to the government on specific
facilitative support expected of it in order to attract private
It will also highlight issues that impede development and
suggest strategies and actions to overcome impediments and also
propose strategies to accelerate sectoral development, the