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Forthcoming LKI Foreign Policy Round Table on Economic Transformation – Lessons From International Experience

January 16, 2020    Reading Time: 2 minutes

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The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) is convening a Foreign Policy Round Table on ‘Economic Transformation – Lessons From International Experience,’ on Thursday, 23 January 2020 from 4:30-6:00 pm. The Round Table will discuss the importance of Economic Transformation for the development of a country, drawing on lessons from transformation pathways in African and Asian countries, and will explore implications for Sri Lanka.

Over recent years, Economic Transformation has received increased attention from academia, the private and public sector as it has the potential to drive sustainable and inclusive growth. Economic Transformation relates to the shift of resources from lower to higher productivity activities (for example from the agriculture to manufacturing sector) to result in more diversified and complex productive activities. It is essential for economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction and is therefore of high interest for Sri Lanka. This Round Table discusses supportive policies as well as barriers of Economic Transformation and will further look at how development co-operation can enhance Economic Transformation through development finance institutions.

This event, which is held in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute, one of the UK’s leading think tanks, is a rare opportunity for key stakeholders and other interested parties to discuss this important topic. The Round Table will feature a presentation by Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde, Principal Research Fellow and Head of the International Economic Development Group at the Overseas Development Institute, and a discussion moderated by Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director of LKI.

LKI is a think tank, which analyses Sri Lanka’s international relations and strategic interests and is chaired by the Hon. Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka. It reflects the vision of the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar by promoting the country’s intellectual profile in foreign policy research and engagement.

Attendance is by prior registration. To register your interest, please email with your name and organisational affiliation.

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