Overview of Event Why you should Join

Sri Lanka’s first “reset” economic conference drawing a panel of international and local experts who have guided countries through turmoil to prosperity.

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Sessions Breakdown

Spanning across 2 days - we break down the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka and the reforms that can be implemented to overcome it.


Great Speakers

The panel of international and national experts who have guided countries through turmoil to prosperity.



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Listen to the Keynote Speakers

Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob

Former governor of the Bank of Thailand

Prof. Premachandra Athukorala

Professor of economics, Australian National University (ANU) and Senior Advisor to Advocata Institute

The Context Why #ReformNow

Sri Lanka is in the midst of its worst economic crisis since independence. Lengthy queues to purchase fuel, daily blackouts, and sharp shortages of essentials now marks the everyday reality of Sri Lankans. Especially the poor. Given this context, the Advocata Institute has organised Sri Lanka’s first ever reset economic conference prioritizing economic recovery and growth.

Schedule Details Information of Event Schedules

A two-day conference, taking place at BMICH (Lotus Hall), Colombo 07 from 9.00 AM - 4.30 PM - with a panel of international and national experts who have guided countries through turmoil to prosperity. The event schedule is subject to change.

8.30 AM

Registration begins

BMICH Lotus Hall, Colombo 07

9.00 -9.10

Introduction to the #ReformNow Conference

Advocata Institute

9.10 -9.40

Special Keynote (TBC)

Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Minister of Finance

9.40 -10.40 Session 1

Learning from Thailand’s reform experience after the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997

A fireside chat with Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhop (former Governor of the Bank of Thailand) and Murtaza Jafferjee (chairperson of Advocata Institute)

10.40 - 11.00

Tea Break

11:00 - 12:00 Session 2

Air India Privatisation – takeaways for Sri Lanka

Panel Discussion

A presentation showcasing the Air India privatisation and a discussion thereafter drawing parallels for a potential privatisation of Sri Lankan airlines, with Ashwini Phadnis, Thilan Wijesinghe and Akhilesh Tilotia

Moderated by Aneetha Warusavitarana

12.00 - 01.10 Session 3

Resetting Samurdhi: Social Safety Nets

Panel Discussion

A presentation on Sri Lanka’s current social safety net by Gayani Hurulle and a discussion on how it can be improved going forward, with Dr Ganga Tilakaratna, Dr. Stephen Kidd and Gayani Hurulle.

01:10 - 2:00

Lunch Break

02.00 - 03.00 Session 4

Taxation, Stability and Growth

Panel Discussion

A presentation by Dr. Roshan Perera, outlining the country’s current tax system followed by discussion on how it can be improved going forward with Dr.Mick Moore.

3:00- 3:10

Launch of Advocata Institute’s latest policy product tracking the performance of State Owned Enterprises

Presentation by Ravi Rathnasabapathy

3:10- 3:30

Tea Break

3:30 – 4:30 Session 5

Centralizing the State’s Ownership Functions

Panel Discussion

Currently SOEs are gazetted under various ministries which is fraught with inherent conflicts for the respective ministries are policy makers and in some instances the regulator. Should SOEs be managed and owned under a government owned conglomerate like structure to improve performance, capital allocation and governance.

Speakers: Daniel Alphonsus, Panellists Professor Rohan Samarajiva and Ajit Gunawardena

End of Day 1

9.00 - 10:15 Session 1

Debt Crisis, Structural Adjustment and Trade Policy

Keynote Speech and Panel Discussion

A keynote speech followed by a panel discussion on policy solutions on how to expand Sri Lanka’s openness to trade and improve national productivity. Speaker: Prof. Premachandra Athukorala, Panellists : Dr.Sarath Rajapatirana, Dr. Asanka Wijesinghe, Prof. Premachandra Athukorala. Moderator: Ravi Ratnasabapathy

10:15 - 10:25

Context setting - Labour market

10.25 - 11.25 Session 2

Labour market reforms for more inclusive growth

Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on necessary labour law reforms to improve labour market flexibility and productivity. Panellists Dr.Ramani Gunatilake, Shyamali Ranaraja Moderator: Amita Arudpragasam

11:25 - 11:40

Tea Break

11:40 – 12:40 Session 3

Termination vs Resuscitation

Panel Discussion

The current economic crisis has or will lead to a record number of businesses being insolvent. Does Sri Lanka have a robust resolution framework to resuscitate these businesses?

Speaker Dilshani Wijayawardana, Panellist Harsha Cabral, Nirosh De Silva, Dilshani Wijayawardana. Moderator: Chanaka Wickramasuriya

1:00 - 1.50

Lunch Break

1:50 – 2:00 Session 4

Unlocking land for development – current land utilization

2:00 – 2:45

Agricultural land

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion on agricultural land will focus on the existing laws on the ownership, allocation and use of agricultural land, and the reforms necessary to make the sector more efficient and productive.

Speaker: Roshan Rajadurai. Panellist: S. D. A. B. Boralessa, Indrajith Fernando. Moderator : Sudaraka Ariyaratne

2:45 – 3:30

Unlocking urban potential

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion on urban land potential will discuss reforms necessary to make urban land more efficient and productive.

Speaker: Nayana Mawilmada. Panellist: Dimantha de Silva. Moderator : Sathya Karunarathne

3:30 – 4:15 Session 5

The case for private industrial zones – Lessons from the Dominican Republic

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion on private industrial zones will discuss the importance of industrial zones for economic growth and lessons that can be learnt from the Dominican Republic.

Speaker: Mr. Juan Jimenez. Panellist : Thilan Wijesinghe. Moderator: Murtaza Jafferjee

4:15 – 4:35

Tea Break/End of Day 2

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This ticket will give you access to the full conference (both days) and a one month subscription for the Advocata media monitor.


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Lotus Hall, BMICH, Colombo 0070

Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 00700

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Name: Sumhiya Sallay

Phone: +94 77 981 3394

Email: sumhiya@advocata.org

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Name: K D Vimanga

Phone: +94 77 957 7140

Email: kdvimanga@advocata.org

Day 1

05th August (Friday)

9.00 AM - 4.30PM

Day 2

6th August (Saturday)

9.00 AM - 4.35 PM

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