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Seminar on making the employment laws conducive for investment in Sri Lanka

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Chief Guest Minister of Economic Reforms Dr. Harsha de Silva
Key note Speaker EFG Former DG and Employers Organizations in East Asia ILO Senior Specialist Franklyn Amarasinghe
Dinesh Weerakkody, CA President Jagath Perera Moderator Chairman, NHRDC
EFC Head Kanishka Weerasinghe
Employment Specialist Fayaz Saleem
CA President Jagath Perera
Free Workers Union GS Lesly Devendra

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.

The event will be held on 22 February from 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 7.

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 Taskforce on Labour Immigration with recommendations will be handed over to the distinguished guests at the event. 

The key note address will be delivered by EFC Former Director General and Employers Organizations in East Asia, International Labour Organization (ILO) Senior Specialist Franklyn Amarasinghe. 

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

The panellists are:

  • EFC Former DG and Employers Organizations in East Asia, ILO Senior Specialist Franklyn Amarasinghe 
  • Department of Labour Commissioner General A. Wimalaweera 
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka President Jagath Perera 
  • Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Director General Kanishka Weerasinghe 
  • Sri Lanka Free Worker’s Union General Secretary Lesley Devendra 
  • Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association Chairman Felix Fernando 
  • International Labour Organization Chief Technical Advisor Thomas Kring 
  • Executive Search Ltd. Employment Specialist and Managing Director Fayaz Saleem 


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