Economic summit to discuss ‘smarter trade strategy’ for Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – An economic summit to be held next month by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will discuss Sri Lanka’s plans for free trade deals, reforms and tariff liberalization, aiming at promoting exports whose growth has slowed in recent years.

The ‘Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017’ will dig deeper into the country’s latest trade reform agenda anchored towards new preferential trade pacts, tariff liberalization and export promotion, a statement said.

The forum, to take place on July 25th and 26th, 2017, will have an expert line up of speakers, representing both local and international trade bodies.
They will speak at a thematic session titled ‘’Executing a Smarter Trade Strategy Amidst Turbulence’, and will share their views and recommendations on Sri Lanka’s Trade Strategy and the direction it should take, the statement said.

“The session will discuss whether the anti-globalisation rhetoric is a real threat, what is the smarter way for Sri Lanka to plan out its forward march towards liberalisation and trade integration, and how Sri Lanka can latch on to growth in Asia, using ASEAN as a pivot.”

The session will kick off with presentations by Ganeshan Wignaraja, Chair of the Global Economy Programme of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, and Harsha Vardhana Singh, Executive Director of Brookings India, a policy research body.

The duo’s presentations would be followed by a panel discussion, with the participation of Economist Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Elizabeth Ward, Special Negotiator of the Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and trade of Australia.
(COLOMBO, June 26, 2017)

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