11th - 13th October

Advocata Economic Freedom Summit 2017

About the Summit

The Advocata Economic Freedom Summit brings together leading thinkers and doers to deliberate on the state of economic freedom in Sri Lanka. In three separate events they will discuss, debate and contemplate on ideas on how to improve levels of economic freedom in Sri Lanka and to provide audit of Sri Lanka's ratings on the acclaimed Economic Freedom of the World Index

Three days. Three Locations.

Events and Registration

Scroll below to see full schedule and speakers

11th October

Hotel Nippon Colombo - 5:30 pm

Has the Open Economy Worked? Panel Discussion

12th October

Global Towers Hotel - 7:30 am

Economic Freedom as a Framework for Prosperity Breakfast Meeting + Policy Audit

13th October

The Lighthouse at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute - 5:00 pm

ආර්ථික නිදහස සහ අපි - (Sinhala) Keynote + Panel Discussion

Summit Speakers & Session Chairs

The frontline speakers and chairs for our audit sessions

Limited Seats Available

Summit Schedule

Select your event and grab your tickets. Limited places Available.


Day 01 full schedule

October 11, 2017

Registration and Refreshments

Enjoy some snacks and get to know the people involved in Advocata.

Panel discussion: Has the open economy worked in Sri Lanka?

Join us for an energetic panel on whether the open economy market worked in Sri Lanka for 40 years on.

Aneesha Guruge, Assistant Analyst, Verité Research

Chanuka Wattegama, Public Policy Researcher
Vinod Moonesinghe, Researcher
Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe, Journalist and blogger

Day 02 full schedule

October 12, 2017

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction to the Economic Freedom Summit


Dhananath Fernnado

Chief Operating Officer, Advocata Institute

Sri Lanka and the Economic Freedom of the World Index


Fred McMahon

Resident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute, Canada

Special Remarks


Hon. Eran Wickramaratne

State Minister of Finance

Perspectives on Economic Freedom in Sri Lanka : Moving the debate forward


Anushka Wijesinha

Chief Economist, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Panel Discussion

Economic Freedom as a framework for Prosperity

Fred McMahon
Hon. Minister Eran Wickramaratne
Anushka Wijesinha

Economic Policy Audit Parallel Sessions

Selected Invitees Only.

Exchange Control And Capital Control - What's Next?

Main Hall


Chaired by Shiran Fernando

Lead Economist & Senior Product Head, Frontier Research

Legal System And Property Rights

Room 1


Chaired by Prof. Suri Ratnapala

Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland

Ease Of Doing Business : Minimizing Red Tape And Improving Bureaucracy

Room 2

Start of the Afternoon Session

Freedom of Movement of People: Attracting Talent, Investment and Tourists


Chaired by Anarkali Moonesinghe

CEO, CIMB Sri Lanka

Labour Market Reform: What, When and How?


Chaired by Dr. Nisha Arunatilake

Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies

Day 03 full schedule

October 13, 2017

Award Ceremony for Essay Competition on Economic Freedom

Remarks by Mr Kumaravadivel Guruparan member of the International Judging Panel

ආර්ථික නිදහස සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව - Keynote


Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

Chair, Lirneasia | Advisor, Advocata Institute

Panel Discussion on "ආර්ථික නිදහස සහ අපි"

Hon. Minister Sarath Amunugama, Minister for Special Assignments
Hon. Deputy Minister Ajith P Perera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy
Prof. Sirimal Abeyratne, Professor in Economics, University of Colombo
Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Chair, Lirneasia | Advisor, Advocata Institute

Our Sponsors

Advocata Partnered with Canada's Fraser Institute supported by the Atlas Network to bring you the Inaugural Economic Freedom Summit.

Get In Touch With Us

Dhananath - +94 77 508 0256