Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018 is being inaugurated this morning at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
The two-day event, which is Sri Lanka’s foremost economic summit and organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for the 18th consecutive year, will be held on the theme of ‘On the Fast Track to a Turnaround’.
“The theme ‘On the fast track to a turnaround’ was chosen with the aim of identifying levers that can be used by key policymakers and the private sector to drive change,” said Rajendra Theagarajah, Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in his message to SLES 2018.
“The six thematic sessions will feature a wide range of strategies through which Sri Lanka can build momentum and overcome the slow economic growth it has seen thus far.”
SLES 2018 will close with a dedicated session on a presentation on the findings of the summit with a high-level panel discussion on taking it forward, which Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe will be part of.
Fifty top expert speakers and panelists are lined up to speak at SLES 2018, forming a high standard intellectual debate on issues that relate to state and private sector efforts of driving an economic turnaround.
Arun M. Kumar, Chairman, and CEO of KPMG India will address the summit today at its opening as the keynote speaker.
His extensive experience in his travels around the world and engagement with senior Government and business leaders provides the 2018 SLES an ideal and insightful speaker to kick off the 2-day event.
The summit will see the attendance of 400 participants and the majority consists of Chairpersons, CEOs, Senior Management of the corporate sector, senior public sector officials, and academics.
Standard Chartered Bank is on board as the platinum sponsor for the event, CHEC Port City as gold, Sunshine Holdings as silver, and Tata Holdings and London Stock Exchange Group as strategic sponsors.
Economy.lk, Dialog Axiata, Echowave, Cinnamon Grand Colombo, and Omnicom Media Group are also on board as partners of the summit.