Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2021 Commences Tomorrow


The foremost and most anticipated economic event of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2021 will commence tomorrow, the 6th of December under the theme ‘Springboard for revival: Opportunity to reset’.

The Chief Guest will be Finance Minister Hon. Basil Rajapakse while Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal will deliver the Keynote Address. The Economic Summit will provide participants with the singular opportunity to hear from leading economists, thought leaders and industry experts from Sri Lanka and around the globe, as they lead discussions and share insights on setting a sustainable stage for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery and development.

Tomorrow’s sessions will focus on current macro-economic conditions and opportunities, viable recovery and growth strategies and the case for public-private sector collaboration in order to ensure progressive policy making.

Mr. Saurav Anand – Economist, South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank and Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy – Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will address the Summit on the topic of Sri Lanka’s Opportunity to Reset in the New Global Norm. Dr. Howard Nicholas – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Dr. Nishan De Mel, Executive Director, Verite Research will speak on  Setting the Foundation for Macro Growth. Ms. Diaan-Yi Lin – Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company will present during the final session for the day on Public-Private Sector Collaboration on Seeking the Opportunity to Reset. Many eminent panelists and experienced moderators will join the panel discussions that will follow the presentations in each session.

Day 2 of the Summit on December 7th will feature a similar high-profile line-up of speakers exploring Sri Lanka’s potential as a commercial and technology hub, enhancing Sri Lanka’s export portfolio and repositioning the tourism industry in the new normal for travel.

Standard Chartered Bank and Sunshine Holdings are the respective Platinum and Gold sponsors of the event, while Port City Colombo and Unilever Sri Lanka are Session sponsors. McKinsey & Company acts as the Knowledge Partner. Dialog and Dialog Television are telecommunications and television partners respectively while and Omnicom Media Group are the communications sponsors.

The Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2021(SLES 2021) will be held on 6th and 7th December as a hybrid summit catering to participants who would join online as well as 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 for the entire two- day summit or choose the sessions they wish to attend.  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. For further information, please contact [email protected] or 0115588852; or [email protected] or 0115588805.