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Seminar on making employment laws conducive for investment tomorrow


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The National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka, together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Daily Financial Times, and the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, have organised a public seminar to address the necessary policy interventions related to labour reforms in the country. Today, the role of legal systems as a determinant of FDI is neither straightforward, nor proven, nor uniform. Therefore, it is important to know your investor, and before undertaking legal reform, states must identify: which kinds of investors they hope to attract; the extent to which those investors actually take account of the legal system; what kinds of legal systems, if any, those investors are attracted to, or deterred by; and finally, what are the financial and social implications of reforming the legal system to attract those investors. The report of the Task Force on Labour Immigration will also be presented to Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva. 

Chief Guest and Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms Dr. Harsha de Silva
 
Keynote Speaker, former EFC Director General and ILO Senior Specialist (East Asia) Franklyn Amarasinghe
 
Moderator and NHRDC Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody

The event will be held tomorrow (22 February) from 9.00 am to 11.30 am at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 07.

Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva will be the Chief Guest, and Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Karunarathna Paranawithana will participate as the Guest of Honour. The report of the Task Force on Labour Immigration with recommendations will be handed over to the distinguished guests at the event. 

The keynote address will be delivered by Former EFC Director General and Senior Specialist for Employers Organizations in East Asia, ILO Franklyn Amarasinghe. 

The event will be followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience participation. National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka and International Chamber of Commerce Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody will moderate the panel discussion. 

The panellists are:

Franklyn Amarasinghe, former EFC Director General and Senior Specialist for Employers Organizations in East Asia, International Labour Organization

RPA Wimalaweera, Commissioner General of Labour, The Department of Labour

Jagath Perera, President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka

Kanishka Weerasinghe, Director General, Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

Lesley Devendra, General Secretary, Sri Lanka Free Worker’s Union

Felix Fernando, Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association

Thomas Kring, Chief Technical Advisor, International Labour Organization

Fayaz Saleem, Employment Specialist and Managing Director of Executive Search Ltd. 


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