Following the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos in January, a Sri Lankan delegation consisting of senior government officials and representatives from the private sector engaged in a two-day follow-up meeting at the WEF’s headquarters in Geneva.
Coordinated by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, the visit was aimed at strengthening the engagement between Sri Lanka and the WEF and to identify specific areas of engagement.
The delegation from Sri Lanka was led by Managing Director (Designate), Agency for Development, Ministry of Development Strategies & International Trade, Mangala Yapa and included Director General of the Department of Commerce, Mrs. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Rohan Wijekoon and Chief Economist of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Anushka Wijesinha.
“During the meetings at the WEF, the Sri Lanka delegation also discussed opportunities for Sri Lankan government agencies as well as Sri Lankan companies to engage in future WEF initiatives, and the specific next steps currently being planned,” a statement from the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said.
The WEF has already invited several policymakers from Sri Lanka to attend the 25th WEF on ASEAN taking place in Kuala Lumpur on June 1-2 and the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which will be held this year in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China from 26 to 28 June.