Public events at Asia Liberty Forum announced

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The Asia Liberty Forum, co-hosted by Advocata Institute and the Atlas Network, is set to kick off at the Hilton Colombo today. 

The Asia Liberty Forum brings together over 50 speakers, over 275 thought leaders and intellectuals from 40 different countries to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance market-oriented reforms. 

The annual Asia Liberty Forum is hosted by the Atlas Network and co-hosted by Advocata Institute in Sri Lanka this year. With the objective of making this year’s forum affordable and accessible to all, Advocata Institute is opening up two sessions to the public, with free admission. 

The public talk and panel ‘Are we afraid of opening up?’ will be held today at 5.00 p.m. at the Hilton Colombo.

 The next public session, ‘State of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka’, will be tomorrow at 5.30 p.m. at the Hilton Colombo.  The first panel ‘Are we afraid of opening up?’ will explore the topic of protectionism and the fierce opposition to opening up our economy. This panel will be moderated by Daily FT Sri Lanka Editor Nisthar Cassim and speakers are ICTA Sri Lanka and LIRNEasia Chair Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Chartered Accountants Association Advisor Lakshman Athukorala, Ministry of Mass Media and Information former Secretary Dr. Charitha Herath and SLASSCOM and AMCHAM, Sri Lanka Board Director Chandi Dharmaratne. 

The next discussion, to be held tomorrow, titled ‘State of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka’ will be moderated by Verite Research Executive Director Dr. Nishan de Mel and speakers are Advocata Institute Resident Fellow Ravi Ratnasabapathy, Carson Cumberbatch PLC Director Suresh Shah, National Agency for PPPs Chairman Thilan Wijesinghe and Senior Economist Dr. Malathy Knight. 

Advocata Institute will launch its flagship report ‘The State of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka, 2019’ at this event. The Asia Liberty Forum is a rare opportunity to meet, network and interact with some incredible minds in the field of economics and policy.  For more information on the forum, speakers and schedule, visit

Advocata is an independent policy think tank based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

They conduct research, provide commentary and hold events to promote sound policy ideas compatible with a free society in Sri Lanka.