Protectionism under spotlight at Sri Lanka’s Asia Liberty Forum public event

ECONOMYNEXT – The Asia Liberty Forum co-hosted by Advocata Institute, a think-tank, and the Atlas Network, will start at the Hilton Colombo today with several events open to the public, including one on the hotly debated protectionist policies.

The forum brings together over 50 speakers, over 275 thought leaders and intellectuals from 40 different countries to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance market-oriented reforms.

“With the objective of making this year’s forum affordable and accessible to all, the Advocata Institute is opening up two sessions to the public, with free admission,” a statement said.

The public talk and panel  “Are we afraid of opening up?” will be held on the 28th of February at 5.00 PM at the Hilton Colombo to explore the topic of protectionism and the fierce opposition to opening up the economy. 

Speakers include Rohan Samarajiva, chairman of ICTA Sri Lanka and LirneAsia; Lakshman Athukorala, Advisor, Chartered Accountants Association; Charitha Herath, former Secretary of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information); and Chandi Dharmaratne, Board Director, SLASSCOM and Board Director, AMCHAM, Sri Lanka.

The next public session, “State of state enterprises in Sri Lanka” will be on the following day, 01st of March at 5.30 PM at the Hilton Colombo.

Speakers include Ravi Ratnasabapathy, Resident Fellow, Advocata Institute; Suresh Shah, Director, Carson Cumberbatch PLC; Thilan Wijesinghe, Chairman, National Agency for PPPs; and Malathy Knight, senior economist.

The Advocata Institute will launch its flagship report “The State of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka, 2019” at this event.

For more information on the Asia Liberty Forum, speakers and schedule visit

COLOMBO, February 28, 2019-SB)





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