Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake

The annual Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2015 organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) kicked off at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo today with the keynote address being delivered by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In an exercise that had little to do with the business of the summit a ‘team of women’ went around distributing the UNP manifesto minutes before the inaugural session began raising many eyebrows from the business community. It is not clear whether the CCC which generally touts itself as apolitical had given the ‘green light’ to exploit the event as a platform to gain political mileage.