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    Sri Lanka
    Investment Forum 2021

    Sri Lanka
    Investment
    Forum 2021

    7TH - 9TH JUNE 2021

    • 1-on-1 sessions with project owners
    • Gain information on FDI projects and private equity investment opportunities
    • Understand the regulatory landscape to invest in Sri Lanka
    • Engage with policy makers to formulate imperatives for enhancing ease of doing business
    • Network with government agencies, SOEs, industry leaders and peers

    7TH - 9TH JUNE 2021

    • 1-on-1 sessions with project owners
    • Gain information on FDI projects and
      private equity investment opportunities
    • Understand the regulatory landscape
      to invest in Sri Lanka
    • Engage with policy makers to formulate
      imperatives for enhancing ease of doing business
    • Network with government agencies,
      SOEs, industry leaders and peers
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    1939 Investors
    2873 Observers
    55 Exhibitors
    118 Sessions
    108 Speakers

An Invitation to participate in Sri Lanka's Growth Decade

Sri Lanka is looking to unleash a decade of growth to rapidly increase its GDP, taking advantage of its inherent strengths and global supply chain shifts. Our strategic location combined with our business-friendly policies will be an accelerator for this fast-paced growth.

The Sri Lankan Government is pro development. We proactively support businesses, as is evident from our progressive policies, policy consistency, and fiscal incentives. The upcoming Port City will create an even more conducive environment for Foreign Direct Investments into Sri Lanka.

We are focused on making Sri Lanka a hub for global business activities across diverse sectors, and we are excited to invite global companies to establish their presence in Sri Lanka to make the most of this opportunity.

[ Welcome to Sri Lanka Investment Forum ]

About The Event

Join Asia’s first and largest virtual Investor Forum to understand the FDI and Capital Market opportunities in Sri Lanka
Get a sneak peek into the attractive investment opportunities in Sri Lanka across FDI in projects, private equity placements and investment in listed corporates

The 3-day event will feature sessions and presentations by senior government leaders, C-suite of public and private companies, global experts, investment bankers, and advisory firms.

The event intends to attract direct and portfolio investors including sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, Development Finance Institutions, large MNCs and conglomerates, High Net Worth Individuals and other types of investors from across the world.

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[ attend ]

Why you should attend

Understand what makes
Sri Lanka an attractive
investment destination

Gain information on FDI
projects, listed companies
and private equity placements

Learn first-hand about the policy
framework and legislative
landscape for investing in Sri Lanka

Interact with government
agencies, SOEs, industry leaders,
global investors and peers

[ Sri Lanka's potential ]

Strong Fundamentals will unleash Sri Lanka's potential

1st

Rank in South Asia for Human Capital Skills

Trainable & Flexible Workforce

2nd

In the region for Starting a Business / Doing Business 2020

BOI and Port City offer a one-stop-shop, further improving ease of doing business

28

Countries with which SL has signed Bilateral Investment Protection Agreements (IPA)

3X

Growth in number of graduates by 2025
Sri Lanka to be a knowledge-driven economy, doubling down on vocational training

2.1bn

Access to neighboring economies, with fast growing populations, for exports

1st

In South Asia for Quality of Life Index - 2019

13

Export Processing Zones with 5 more underway

2

Unique deep sea international ports in Colombo and Hambantota - set to revolutionise transhipment in South Asia

LOWEST

Power cost in South Asia as per JETRO Survey 2019

1st

Rank for “Travel Destination” by Lonely Planet in 2019

[ Speakers ]

Our Keynote Speakers

H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa

President of Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Government

His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka

Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Government

Mahinda Rajapaksa is the 13th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. He also holds three ministerial portfolios of Finance, Buddhasasana, Religious & Cultura ...

Hon. Ali Sabry

Minister of Justice - Sri Lanka Government

Mr. M.U.M. Ali Sabry, President’s Counsel, is the current Minister for Justice of Sri Lanka, having been sworn in as a Cabinet Minister on 12 Augus ...

Hon. Ajith Nivard Cabraal

State Minister of Finance, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms - Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance

Hon. Ajith Nivard Cabraal is Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Finance, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms since 12th August 2020. He was the ...

Hon. Nalaka Godahewa

State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness - Sri Lanka Government

Hon. (Dr.) Nalaka Godahewa currently serves as the State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanlines ...

Dr. P.B. Jayasundara

Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Government

Dr. P.B Jayasundara is a Sri Lankan economist and is currently the Secretary to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He commands over 40 years of wide and ...

Mr. Sajith Attygalle

Secretary to the Treasury - Ministry of Finance - Ministry of Finance

Mr. S.R. Attygalle, assumed duties as Secretary to the Treasury on November 20, 2019. Prior to being appointed as Secretary to the Treasury, since ...

Mrs. J. M. Bhadranie Jayawardhana

Secretary - Ministry of Trade - Ministry of Trade

Mrs. J. M. Bhadranie Jayawardhana is a senior member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and currently serves as the Secretary to the Ministry ...

Mr. Jayantha De Silva

Secretary to the Ministry of Technology - Ministry of Technology

Secretary to the Ministry of Technology

Dr. R. M. Saman Kusumsiri Rathnayake

Secretary to the State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals - State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals

Dr R. M. Saman Kusumsiri Rathnayake (MMBS) (MSc-Medical Administration (F&N) Secretary to the State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulatio ...

Prof. W. D. Lakshman

Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka - Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Deshamanya Professor W. D. Lakshman is the current and the 15th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He is also Professor Emeritus, Universit ...

General. Shavendra Silva

Chief of Defence Staff And Commander Of The Army, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID 19 Outbreak - Sri Lanka Army

General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, with effective from 18 August ...

Mrs. Kimarli Fernando

Chairperson -Sri Lanka Tourism - Sri Lanka Tourism

Kimarli is the Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism, heading the Government’s four main Tourism entities; Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri ...

Mr. Janaka Ratnayake

Chairman - Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) - Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL)

Mr. Janaka Ratnayake is a successful and award-winning entrepreneur who currently serves as Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lank ...

Mr. Suresh Dayanath de Mel

Chairman, Export Development Board (EDB) - Export Development Board (EDB)

Suresh is an Entrepreneur and Agricultural Engineer and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Sri Lanka Export Development Bo ...

Mr. Viraj Dayaratne

Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka - Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka

Mr. Viraj Dayaratne, President’s Counsel, assumed office as the Chairman of the SEC on 22 January 2020. Mr. Dayaratne, holds a Bachelor of Arts Deg ...

Prof. Lalith Gamage

Chairman - ICTA - ICTA

Professor Lalith Gamage was the chief architect in establishing the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) in 1999 and is currently ...

Mr. Sanjaya Mohottala

Chairman - BOI - Board of investment of Sri Lanka (BOI)

In addition to serving as the Chairman BOI, Mr. Mohottala serves as a board member at SriLankan Airlines, Export Development Board and Sahasya. He’ ...

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya

Chairman - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya is currently the Chief Executive Officer – Telecommunications Business and Group Executive Vice President of Axiata, Asia’s s ...

Mr. Dumith Fernando

Chairman Colombo Stock Exchange - Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)

Dumith is Chairman of Asia Securities Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a leading independent Investment Bank in Sri Lanka which offers Investment Banking, Stock ...

Dr. Mohamed Z. M. Aazim

Superintendent and Registrar of Public Debt - Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) - Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)

Dr. Aazim is a macroeconomist cum debt manager by profession specializing in international finance, debt management, government financing and capit ...

Mr. Oshada Senanayake

Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka - Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka

Oshada Senanayake is the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka as well as a board member of ICTA & SL CERT, ...

Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos

World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka based out of Kathmandu - World Bank

Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka based out of Kathmandu. He leads the overall program and po ...

Mr. Darren Roos

Chief Executive Officer - IFS - IFS

Darren Roos is in his third year as CEO of IFS, a post he took in April 2018. His vision spearheaded the transformation of the company internally t ...

Ms. Hui Kuok

Chairman and Executive Director - Shangri-La Asia Limited - Shangri-La Asia Limited

Ms. Hui Kuok was appointed the Chairman and Executive Director of Shangri-La Asia Limited (“the Group”) in January 2017. She joined Shangri-La Asia ...

Ms. Kerry Hallard

CEO-Global Services Association and Chairperson at Global Technology and Business - Services Council - Services Council

Kerry is leading the GSA in its quest to grow both the reach and positive reputation of the global sourcing industry. She is passionate about the o ...

Mr. Pierre Pringiers

CEO, Founder - Sail Lanka Yachting Group - Sail Lanka Yachting Group

Pierre Pringiers is the current CEO & Founder of Sail Lanka Yachting Group, pioneer in the building of sailing catamaran & operating charters in Sr ...

Mr. Alfonso Garcia Mora

Regional Vice President, Asia and Pacific - IFC - IFC

Alfonso Garcia Mora is IFC’s Vice President for Asia and Pacific and he is responsible for all IFC operations in the region, including operationali ...

Mr. Dato' Izzaddin Idris

Managing Director, President and Group Chief Executive Officer - Axiata Group Berhad - Axiata Group Berhad

Dato’ Izzaddin Idris is the Managing Director/President & Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Group Berhad. Prior to this current role, he serv ...

Mr. Prateek Roongta

Managing Director and Partner- Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Prateek Roongta is a Managing Director and Partner with Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is also a core member of BCG’s Financial Institutions and ...

Mr. Ruchir Desai, CFA

Fund Manager - AFC Asia Frontier Fund - AFC Asia Frontier Fund

Ruchir is the co-fund manager of the AFC Asia Frontier Fund which is currently invested in 13 Asian frontier markets including Sri Lanka. Ruchir ha ...

Mr. Mattias Martinsson

Chief Investment Officer-Tundra Fonder - Tundra Fonder

Mattias Martinsson is a Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Tundra Fonder. Tundra today runs a Global Frontier Markets strategy, Tundr ...

Mr. Timothy Wright

Vice President Operations - Shangri-La Group, Sri Lanka - Shangri-La Group

Timothy Wright has over thirty year’s experience in the hospitality industry, including senior management positions within Shangri-La across Hong K ...

Mr. Vivek Sood

Group CFO Axiata Group Berhad - Axiata Digital Labs

Vivek holds a Bachelor in Commerce and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant from India. He conducted his Accountancy and Audit Training in Pricewate ...

Mr. Dag Honningsvag

Serial Investor and Corporate Leader - Serial Investor and Corporate Leader

Dag accounts for over 25 years’ experience from international organizations within ICT and consultancy. His experience ranges from strategic planni ...

Mr. Animesh Agrawal

Principal - Blackstone - Blackstone

Animesh Agrawal is a Principal in the Private Equity Group of Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, he has been involved in several of Blac ...

Ms. Srimathi Shivashankar

Corporate Vice President -HCL Technologies - New Vistas HCL Technologies

Srimathi is a Corporate Vice President at HCL Technologies. With extensive experience of more than two decades in Business and Human Capital strate ...

Mr. Amardeep Devadason

Senior Vice President - Operations RRD Global Outsourcing - RRD Global Outsourcing

Amardeep Devadason is Senior Vice President, Operations at RRD, responsible for heading business operations for the organization, besides key pract ...

Mr. Derek Mansfield

Director and Plant Manager - De La Rue Lanka - De La Rue Lanka

Derek has held senior positions in several large organisations across the UK and Asia. With a career spent exclusively in manufacturing, he spent t ...

Mr. Ashroff Omar

Group Chief Executive Officer - Brandix Lanka Limited - Brandix Lanka Limited

Group Chief Executive Officer of Brandix Lanka Limited, Ashroff Omar has been instrumental in redefining the Sri Lankan Apparel industry for over f ...

Mr. Thulci Aluwihare

Assistant Managing Director - CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt.) Ltd. - CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt.) Ltd.

Thulci is a reputed business strategist and financial advisor with international experience in corporate wealth creation through investment, divest ...

[ Partners & Sponsors ]

Forum Partners & Sponsors

Check Who Makes This Event Possible!

Knowledge Partner

Knowledge Partner

Strategic Partner

Strategic Partner

Flagship Project Partner

Flagship Project Partner

Technology Partner

Technology Partner

Banking Partner

Banking Partner

Platinum Partner

Platinum Partner

Hospitality Partner

Hospitality Partner

IT-BPM Sector Partner

IT-BPM Sector Partner

Insurance Partner

Insurance Partner

Communications Partner

Communications Partner

Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor Bronze Sponsor

Skills Development Partner

Skills Development Partner

Investment Professionals Partner

Investment Professionals Partner

Shangri-La’s growing investment shows great faith in Sri Lanka. Shangri-La has invested close to $850M in Sri Lanka. This includes a luxury hotel, residential apartments, shopping mall and commercial space at the iconic One Galle Face in the heart of Colombo, and a luxury golf resort and spa in the southern region of Sri Lanka.

Shangri-La cannot be more excited to be a part of this exciting journey to transform Sri Lanka into one of the leading tourism and business travel destinations in Asia

-Hui Kwong Kuok

Chairperson, Shangri-La

The ingenuity powering one of the world’s leading stock-exchanges LSEG is a leading developer and operator of high performance technology solutions, including trading & market surveillance for over 40 organizations and exchanges. They opened a state-of-theart technology facility in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2016, to support their global technology operations

The development powerhouse behind South Asia’s first all electric super-car “Sri Lanka will not only be admired for its vast biodiversity but most importantly be known for our people who continuously push boundaries to drive change with an innate passion to do great things here in Sri Lanka. I am extremely proud to have such an exceptional talent pool, driven and committed to reach this amazing milestone”

-Harsha Subasinghe CEO, CodeGen

International Group of Companies, VEGA Innovations

World private equity giant Blackstone Group entered Sri Lanka in March 2021, buying controlling stake in Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC, in a transaction on the Colombo Stock Exchange. The 56% stake for USD 32Mn was part of the broader acquisition of the Indian giant business in December 2020. Piramal Glass is the market leader for glass packaging in Sri Lanka and Blackstone sees huge export potential in the product segment

[ Programme ]

What’s in store for the 3 days?

3-day virtual event, jointly organized by the Board of Investment (apex investment promotion organisation of Sri Lanka), The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (Premier business chamber in Sri Lanka) and the Colombo Stock Exchange.
The event intends to attract direct and portfolio investors including sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, Development Finance Institutions, large MNCs and conglomerates, High Net Worth Individuals and other types of investors from across the world.

  • Keynote addresses
    Speeches delivered by Chief Guest His Excellency. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, the Guest of Honour Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Hon. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister of Finance Sri Lanka
  • Institutional sessions
    Sector-specific sessions related to policy and regulations, delivered by prominent experts across industries
  • Interactive discussions on “hot topics”
    Panel discussions and plenary sessions on key aspects of Sri Lanka’s macro-economic environment
  • Investor 1-on-1
    Private sessions between investors and companies / government authorities (to be booked in advance)
  • Promotional sessions
    Presentations by select participating companies and government bodies, to showcase investment projects
  • Flash announcements
    of current FDI deals and investment projects
  • Hear from existing global investors in Sri Lanka
    HCL, London Stock Exchange Group, Shangri-La and many others