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
Summit Speakers & Session Chairs
The frontline speakers and chairs for our audit sessions
Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of
Eran Wickramaratne is an Economist by training and holds a Degree
Anushka is an economist with a track record of research and advis
Nisha is an Economist with over 16 years of research experience.
Suri Ratnapala is Emeritus Professor at The University of Queensl
Anarkali has over 16 years of Investment Banking experience in Eu
Shiran, the Lead Economist and Senior Product Head at Frontier, r
Chanuka sits on the Board of Directors at the Information Communi
Vinod Moonesinghe read Mechanical Engineering at the University o
Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe is a writer, translator, journalist and
Aneesha Guruge is an Assistant Analyst who is part of Verité’s
Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy an
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 FernnadoChief Operating Officer, Advocata Institute
Sri Lanka and the Economic Freedom of the World Index
Fred McMahonResident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute, Canada
Hon. Eran WickramaratneState Minister of Finance
Perspectives on Economic Freedom in Sri Lanka : Moving the debate forward
Anushka WijesinhaChief Economist, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
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?
Chaired by Shiran FernandoLead Economist & Senior Product Head, Frontier Research
Legal System And Property Rights
Chaired by Prof. Suri RatnapalaEmeritus Professor, University of Queensland
Ease Of Doing Business : Minimizing Red Tape And Improving Bureaucracy
Start of the Afternoon Session
Freedom of Movement of People: Attracting Talent, Investment and Tourists
Chaired by Anarkali MoonesingheCEO, CIMB Sri Lanka
Labour Market Reform: What, When and How?
Chaired by Dr. Nisha ArunatilakeResearch 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 SamarajivaChair, 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
Advocata Partnered with Canada's Fraser Institute supported by the Atlas Network to bring you the Inaugural Economic Freedom Summit.