Day One of the event will commence with a session dedicated towards a focal topic on ‘Sri Lanka’s Opportunity to Reset in the New Global Norm’ on 6th December 2021.
This session will emphasise on the pandemic which has changed the outlook for the global economy with the expectation for global GDP to return to its pre-COVID-19 level by the second half of 2022. Despite these economic expectations, most countries are still recovering from the new waves of the pandemic and dealing with different risk factors that could derail the recovery.
In this aspect the session will explore expectation for economic support in developed and developing economies, demand/consumption in traditional export nations, movement of key commodities and food prices, future of global trade and supply chains and the role played by green financing. This will be discussed in the context of how Sri Lanka can leverage on some of these emerging opportunities and adjust to the new global normal.
The Presenters and Panelists at this plenary will feature an international speaker Saurav Anand – Economist, South Asia – Standard Chartered Bank and Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Former Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Hans Timmer, Chief Economist, South Asia, World Bank, Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson – Group Chief Executive Officer, Hemas Holdings PLC, Krishan Balendra, Chairman, John Keells Holdings and Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Former Chairman, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute/Trade Economic Expert/Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute will join the panel discussion.
The Session will be Moderated by Anushka Wijesinha – Economist and Co-Founder, Centre for a Smart Future.
The Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2021 (SLES 2021) is scheduled to be held on 6 and participate in-person at the Shangri-la Hotel. The theme for the 21st Sri Lanka Economic Summit is based on creating an environment that will be a Springboard for Revival, leveraging on the Opportunity to Reset.
Participants have the opportunity to register online from https://chamber.lk for the entire two-day summit or choose the sessions of their choice. The Chamber looks forward to delivering a unique, digitally transformed experience to all participants in addition to in-person participation at the Shangri-La Colombo this year. Registrations for the event are now open and further information can be obtained from, [email protected] or [email protected]