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LKI’s Ganeshan Wignaraja to speak on India-China Dynamics in a recovering Global Economy

October 11, 2017    Reading Time: 2 minutes

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The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) will host an inaugural lecture by Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja on “A Recovering Global Economy? The Dynamics of China and India in the Future of Global Growth.” The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring eminent local and international experts. This event will be held on 31 October 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at The Lighthouse at LKI, 24 Horton Place, Colombo 7.

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The remarkable growth of China and India has shifted the centre of the world economy towards Asia. Regional economic integration in Asia has intensified. However, the global financial crisis exposed vulnerabilities in the export-led model of Asia’s two economic giants. With the IMF predicting a recovering world economy amid policy uncertainty, the economic strategies of the giants are under the microscope. The sharp slowdown in China and risks to India’s outlook have fueled debate on whether their respective strategies can sustain regional and global growth. Sri Lanka’s own future, and the success of its new Vision 2025 plan, will depend on how this growth evolves.

Drawing on his research over many years, Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja will examine the outlook for growth and the reforms of these major players. The lecture and the ensuing panel discussion will address several key questions, including: (i) the role of reforms in China and India’s growth, (ii) the possibility of India catching up with China, (iii) the challenges that lie ahead for these major economies, (iv) how Europe and the US could prepare for a multipolar world economy, and (v) how Sri Lanka should navigate these uncertain economic waters.

About the speaker

Dr. Wignaraja has published widely on the economic development and regional integration strategies of China and India. In addition to being the Chair of the Global Economy Programme at LKI (supported by Dilmah), he also serves as a member of the Task Force of the Freedom of Navigation in the Indian Ocean, chaired by the Hon. Prime Minister, and the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. His experience over the last 25 years has spanned the private sector, international organisations and academia in the UK and Asia. Prior to his appointment at LKI, he held senior roles at the Asian Development Bank and Maxwell Stamp PLC, and has worked for the OECD in Paris, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and Oxford University. More information is available here.

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