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Dr. Ranee Jayamaha, Lead Consultant (South Asia) at The World Bank Group, addressed a LKI Foreign Policy Round Table on 23 October 2017, where she spoke on “The Belt and Road Initiative and Potential Economic Benefits to Sri Lanka.”
Dr. Jayamaha’s presentation highlighted the potential economic benefits to Sri Lanka through the Belt and Road Initiative, arguing that the actual benefits would be dependant on the willingness of the countries involved to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented by the Initiative. She further emphasised the importance of maintaining Sri Lanka’s state sovereignty and creating a comprehensive policy framework that would address security concerns, alongside a professional decision-making body to address rising challenges.
The roundtable was attended by the Director of the Human Resources Division and the Director of the General Administration Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Counsellor of the High Commission of Canada, representatives from the embassies of Germany and Palestine, representatives from the World Bank, LKI’s Board of Management, representatives from the private sector, and think tanks.
The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne, Executive Director of LKI.
Click here for the key takeaways from the round table.
Photos: Fluke, by Ruvin de Silva