A panel discussion at the Economic Summit 2015 held last year

Sri Lankan Government’s top policy makers led by President Maithripala Sirisena are slated to attend the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 which begins on Tuesday at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. They will discuss on how to ‘Focus.Act.Deliver’ to propel the nation’s economy to new heights.

The President will kick start the two-day event organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce delivering the inaugural speech, while Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake and the newly appointed Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy will follow him, by delivering speeches at the first session of the summit focusing on how to accelerate economic growth.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama will speak on the session, ‘The Future of Public Enterprises. The duo would be joined by their Parliamentary Colleague and the JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Eran Wickramaratne and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva are also lined up to speak at separate sessions. Wickramaratne will speak on Public-Private Partnership, while Dr. De Silva is expected to touch on how to leverage the locational advantage to develop the logistics sector.

EDB Chairperson Mrs. Indira Malwatte will be the sole policy maker taking part in the panel, which will discuss the title of ‘Commercial Agriculture, Tackling the Competitiveness and Political Challenges’. Mr. Samantha Ranatunga, Chairperson of the CCC, will deliver the welcome address at the inauguration ceremony.

Over 350 CEOs/Senior Executives representing the Sri Lankan corporate sector has so far registered to take part in the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016, which will begin on Tuesday in Colombo.

Among the registered includes CEOs, Managing Directors and Chairmen of blue chip firms, and also the ones heading small to medium scale organizations operating in the country.

The event is the biggest economic related event to take place annually in Sri Lanka. This year’s event will feature 50 resource persons, both foreign and local and they will speak across the seven sessions of the summit.

Economic Summit 2016

Among the speakers would be Dato Sri Idris Jala, CEO of PEMANDU-Malaysia, – Advisor to the  Government of Rajasthan, India Gajendra  Haldea,  Member, Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi, Prof Razeen Sally,  Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Michael Cottan, Executive Vice President of Shangri-La Hotels, Rajan Anandan, Managing Director of Google India, Mike Orgill, Director, Public Policy Affairs of Asia ofAirBnB, Jorn Krausser, Vice President of Intercontinental Travel of DER Touristik, Germany, Andrew Fairley, Director tourism Australia, Desmond Sheehy, Managing Director of Duxton Asset Management, Steve Saxon, Expert Partner of McKinsy& Company and Dr Mohd Gazali Abas, Deputy Secretary-General Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia.

The Managing Director of Google India, Rajan Anandan will attend the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 as a keynote speaker of the session 5 of the event, which will focus on Sri Lanka’s talent pool. Sri Lankan born Anandan, who also heads Google’s South Asian operations has an impressive career record with holding top executive positions at globally acclaimed entities such as Microsoft, Dell and Mckinsey.

Prior to Google, he was the Managing Director of Microsoft India and went into buildthe country’s largest software business. Before joining Microsoft, Rajanwas a Vice President with Dell and held several global leadership roles including that of the Executive Assistant to Chairman Michael Dell.

Rajan Anandan, a Stanford and MIT Graduate is focused on expanding the Internet ecosystem in the region, increasing adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation.