European Institute for Asian Studies
Sri Lanka: A New Strategic Vision
  • Start04:00 PM - Dec 18 2017
  • End05:30 PM - Dec 18 2017
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

15:30-16:00

Registration

16:00-16:10

Introduction by the Chair

Dr Alexander Spachis, Member of the Advisory Board, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:10-16:30

Keynote Address

H.E. Mr Vasantha Senanayake, Honourable State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

16:30-17:00

Panel Discussion

 

Mr Nikolaos Zaimis, Adviser, DG Trade, European Commission 

Ms Caroline Vinot, Head of Division, Regional Affairs and South Asia, European External Action Service (EEAS)

17:00-17:30

Q&A

17:30-17:35

Concluding Remarks

H.E. Mr Rodney Perera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union

17:35

Networking Reception

Sri Lanka: New Economic Opportunities and a New Strategic Vision

The Sri Lankan Government has just released its new and ambitious 8-year development plan “Vision 2025: A Country Enriched” setting out a course of reforms to make the country more competitive and lift the standards of living for all Sri Lankans. The report outlines the new approach to growth which will be structured on a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social market economy model in order for the country to succeed in the modern integrated global economy. Furthermore, the new trade policy aims to create a more liberal, simple, transparent and predictable trade regime. These policy changes will attract more export-oriented FDI, improve trade logistics, make customs procedures transparent and quicker, and boost firms’ abilities to compete in global markets. Lastly, the vision aims for Sri Lanka to become a connectivity hub in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Vasantha Senanayake was appointed State Minister of Foreign Affairs in June 2017. He is an elected Member of Parliament from the Pollonnaruwa district representing the United National Party. A lawyer by profession. He graduated from the University of Buckingham, UK. Apart from his official duties, Mr. Senanayake has been a vocal campaigner in gender rights and women’s empowerment issues. He has also taken great interest in diaspora engagement activities. He has been an avid campaigner to limit the industries of tobacco and alcohol and bring about more stringent regulations. He has previously served as State Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports. Mr. Senanayake has served as the Chairman of many Government boards namely National Lotteries Board, Water Resources Board and Janatha Fertilizer Enterprises Limited and is the present Chairman of the District Development Council.


The Sri Lankan Government has just released its new and ambitious 8-year development plan “Vision 2025: A Country Enriched”. The report outlines the new approach to growth which will be structured on a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social market economy model.

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