Recent Conferences

1st Annual Emerging Financial Markets and Policy Conference - EFMP 2021

Theme: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Emerging Financial Markets
Online via Zoom
June 26, 2021

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The First Annual Emerging Financial Markets and Policy Conference (EFMP 2021) was held with immense success as a virtual conference on 26th June 2021. Challenges and Opportunities Facing Emerging Financial Markets was the theme of this year’s conference. Over, 200 participants, including researchers, practitioners and policymakers, attended the conference representing countries such as the USA, Australia, Japan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Twenty-four academically rich papers were presented in eight concurrent sessions. Professor Jonathan A. Batten of RMIT University in Australia delivered the keynote address on “The Challenge of Meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) while Fostering Green Finance”. Moreover, Professor Batten delivered another speech on “Publishing Research in Finance”. The industry panel discussion on “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Sri Lanka and Emerging Markets” conducted with the participation of Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike (Chief Executive Officer, Colombo Stock Exchange), Mr. Nandika Buddhipala (Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Bank of Ceylon), Mr. Manil Jayesinghe (President, CA Sri Lanka), and Mr. Maninda Wickramasinghe (Managing Director/CEO, Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd.) was another important session held during the conference. Dr. Manjula Wanniarachchige (University of Ruhuna) served as the coordinator of this conference.

Pre-Conference Webinar

Theme: Constructive Discussions
Online via Zoom
June 10, 2021

Environmental portrait of Mufaddal Baxamusa taken on Friday, March 8, 2013 on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The Sri Lanka Finance Association hosted a very successful pre-conference webinar on “Constructive Discussions” in connection with its First Annual Emerging Financial Markets and Policy Conference (EFMP 2021). The event was held on 10th June 2021 at 8.00 PM (Sri Lanka Time). The resource person was Mufaddal Baxamusa, Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, USA. The webinar focused on how to prepare and deliver an effective and constructive discussion of a research paper at an academic conference. The presentation was followed by a very fruitful interactive discussion with the participants. More than 40 participants representing Sri Lankan and other South Asian universities attended the event. The webinar was well received by the audience. Professor Lalith Samarakoon, the President of SLFA, moderated the discussion and Dr. Manjula Wanniarachchige served as the organizer and convenor of the webinar.

Accounting and Finance Industry Forum 2019

Theme: Status and Prospects for the Sri Lankan Economy and the Financial Sector
University of Ruhuna
July 25, 2019

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The Department of Accounting and Finance of Faculty of Management and Finance at the University of Ruhuna in collaboration with the National Economic Council of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Finance Association organized a one-day conference on the “the Status and Prospects for the Sri Lankan Economy and Financial Sector.”

Chair, Organizing Committee

Dr. Manjula K. Wanniarachchige
Department of Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Management and Finance
University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Presentations

Sri Lanka Economic Situation and Prospects
Prof. Lalith P. Samarakoon
Secretary-General & Chief Economist National Economic Council of Sri Lanka
Professor of Finance
University of St. Thomas. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Status and Prospects of Sri Lankan Capital Markets
Prof. D. B. P. H. Dissabandara
Deputy Secretary General – Financial Affairs
National Economic Council of Sri Lanka
Senior Professor of Finance
University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Recent Developments in the Banks and Financial Institutions of Sri Lanka
Mr. C. J. P. Siriwardana
Deputy Secretary General – Economic Affairs
National Economic Council of Sri Lanka

Corporate Finance and Business Investments: Experience of The Kingdom of Raigam
Dr. Ravi Liyanage
Chairman and CEO
Raigam Group

Unique Business Model of the Financial Services Industry and Future Challenges Arising Therefrom
Mr. Raja Senanayake
Director
Senkadagala Finance and Serendib Finance

Accounting and Finance Industry Forum 2019

Theme: Sri Lankan Economy and Financial Markets: Issues and Challenges
University of Peradeniya
June 20, 2019

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The Department of Business Finance of the Faculty of Management at the University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the National Economic Council of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Finance Association, and the Association of Kandy Chartered Accountants organized a one-day conference on the “Sri Lankan Economy and Financial Markets: Issues and Challenges.”

Chairperson

Dr. E. M. A. S. B. Ekanayake
Head, Department of Business Finance
Faculty of Management
University of Peradeniya

Presentations

The Status of the Sri Lankan Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
Prof. Lalith P. Samarakoon
Secretary-General & Chief Economist National Economic Council of Sri Lanka
Professor of Finance
University of St. Thomas. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Financing the Development of Sri Lanka and Debt
Mr. C. J. P. Siriwardana
Deputy Secretary General – Economic Affairs
National Economic Council of Sri Lanka

Financial Sector Development of Sri Lanka: Issues and Strategies
Prof. D. B. P. H. Dissabandara
Deputy Secretary General – Financial Affairs
National Economic Council of Sri Lanka
Senior Professor of Finance
University of Sri Jayewardenepura

The Current Status and Future Plans of the Colombo Stock Exchange
Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike
Chief Executive Officer
Colombo Stock Exchange

Mr. Angelo Ranasinghe
Executive Director
Bartleet Religare Securities (Pvt.) Ltd.

Moderator

Dr. Suresh J. S. De Mel
Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics & Statistics
Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

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