Sri Lanka’s economic and political crisis: Challenges and prospects

05/24/2022 12:00 pm 05/24/2022 01:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Sri Lanka’s economic and political crisis: Challenges and prospects

What caused Sri Lanka’s current economic and political crisis, and what challenges and recovery prospects lie ahead? In this webinar, Sri Lanka's leading economic affairs parliamentarian, Dr Harsha de Silva, and eminent economic policy analysts Dr Dushni Weerakoon and Dr Shekhar Shah, discuss causes of the crisis, pathways to recovery, and political and policy challenges facing the country.

Keynote speakers

Dr Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)

Dr Weerakoon is executive director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and head of its macroeconomic policy research. She has published widely on Sri Lanka's macroeconomic and trade policy issues, regional trade integration and international economics.
Dr Weerakoon has extensive experience in public policy engagement, having served in many national and regional bodies including the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the Trade and Productivity Commission, the Committee on Trade Policy Formulation, the Trade and Tariff Committee, the Committee of Experts to negotiate the South Asian Free Trade Agreement, and the Macro and Trade Policy Steering Committee.

Hon. (Dr) Harsha de Silva, Parliament of Sri Lanka

Dr de Silva is an economist and politician, and an opposition Sri Lankan MP who is regarded as the Parliament’s foremost economic analyst. He was formerly Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to joining politics, Dr de Silva was a development banker, an international consultant economist, and a successful entrepreneur.

Commenter

Dr Shekhar Shah, Vice Chairman, Indian School of Public Policy

Dr Shekhar Shah is a long time scholar and policy analyst of South Asian economies, including Sri Lanka. He was the director-general of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi for ten years until he stepped down after completing his second term in 2021.
Prior to joining NCAER, he had a long career at the World Bank, serving as the regional economic adviser for South Asia, a deputy research administrator,  the sector manager for governance and public sector management for Europe and Central Asia,  the South Asia governance adviser and public sector coordinator, a lead economist for Bangladesh, and a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report.

Host and moderator

Professor Sisira Jayasuriya, Monash Business School

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash Business School

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Event Details

Date:
24 May 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Venue:
Online - Zoom

Description

What caused Sri Lanka’s current economic and political crisis, and what challenges and recovery prospects lie ahead? In this webinar, Sri Lanka's leading economic affairs parliamentarian, Dr Harsha de Silva, and eminent economic policy analysts Dr Dushni Weerakoon and Dr Shekhar Shah, discuss causes of the crisis, pathways to recovery, and political and policy challenges facing the country.

Keynote speakers

Dr Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)

Dr Weerakoon is executive director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and head of its macroeconomic policy research. She has published widely on Sri Lanka's macroeconomic and trade policy issues, regional trade integration and international economics.
Dr Weerakoon has extensive experience in public policy engagement, having served in many national and regional bodies including the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the Trade and Productivity Commission, the Committee on Trade Policy Formulation, the Trade and Tariff Committee, the Committee of Experts to negotiate the South Asian Free Trade Agreement, and the Macro and Trade Policy Steering Committee.

Hon. (Dr) Harsha de Silva, Parliament of Sri Lanka

Dr de Silva is an economist and politician, and an opposition Sri Lankan MP who is regarded as the Parliament’s foremost economic analyst. He was formerly Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to joining politics, Dr de Silva was a development banker, an international consultant economist, and a successful entrepreneur.

Commenter

Dr Shekhar Shah, Vice Chairman, Indian School of Public Policy

Dr Shekhar Shah is a long time scholar and policy analyst of South Asian economies, including Sri Lanka. He was the director-general of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi for ten years until he stepped down after completing his second term in 2021.
Prior to joining NCAER, he had a long career at the World Bank, serving as the regional economic adviser for South Asia, a deputy research administrator,  the sector manager for governance and public sector management for Europe and Central Asia,  the South Asia governance adviser and public sector coordinator, a lead economist for Bangladesh, and a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report.

Host and moderator

Professor Sisira Jayasuriya, Monash Business School

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash Business School

Register now

Register via Zoom