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LKI representatives at Regional Conferences

October 7, 2016    Reading Time: 1 minute

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In September 2016, the Research Director, Research Fellow, and Executive Director of LKI spoke at regional conferences in Tokyo, Beijing and Colombo, respectively.

Research Director, Mr. Ravindra Deyshappriya, presented a research paper on the Impact of Macroeconomic Factors on Income Inequality and Income Distribution in Asian Countries, at the Conference on Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth, conducted by the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan, on 20th and the 21st of September. Mr. Deyshappriya emphasized the significance of access to education and employment opportunities, steady economic growth, and price and political stability of economies in order to achieve more equal income distribution.

Research Fellow, Barana Waidyatilake, presented a paper on ‘How One Belt One Road (OBOR) can strengthen the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)’ at the SCO Think Tank Symposium, held on 26th and 27th September in Beijing. Mr. Waidyatilake pointed out that China’s OBOR initiative provided an economic development programme around which the SCO could develop stronger security cooperation, particularly due to OBOR’s ability to economically integrate the SCO’s ‘old’ Central Asian members with its ‘new’ South Asian ones.

The Executive Director, Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne, spoke on the acquisition of world class talent and innovative ideas, at the LBR LBO Infrastructure Summit 2016 in Colombo on 21st September. Dr. Panditaratne highlighted immediate and long-term strategies to attract talent and promote entrepreneurship – especially via immigration, legal and educational reforms.

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