CIMA CEO Forum:
Focuses beyond war
Today, Sri Lanka lives in the threshold of concluding a war which
prolonged for nearly three decades. The end of an ethnic war which cost
the country billions of dollars and thousands of human lives will see a
new era of living, business opportunities and economic conditions.
'Beyond the war' - Building: Human capital, organisation and economy'
was the topical discussion at the CEO Forum organized by CIMA.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in collaboration
with The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) last week at Hilton
'When the guns cease to fire, are we ready for peace?' was a very
thought provoking question raised by Principal Coach, SIM, Mourad
Mankarios, at the commencement of his address as the keynote speaker at
this Forum. Mourad emphasised the importance of being ready to take
charge of the controllable factors in pursuit of capitalizing on
opportunities by development of the talent pool of people and constant
innovation to give the extra edge in taking the organization and the
economy beyond the spheres of war.
He also focussed on inculcating strong values and exercising
transparency, as two vital aspects of leadership in establishing a
sustainable eco system.
Mourad as the former Chairman and CEO of Philips Electronics
Singapore (Pte) Ltd drew invaluable insight through his varied
experience in areas of operations, IT and regulatory framework working
in the Middle East, Africa, The Netherlands and East Asia.
Mourad's presentation was followed by an enlightening discussion with
an eminent panel of business leaders bringing in their wealth of
diversified knowledge and experience to this forum. This session was
moderated by Chairman, Colombo Stock Exchange, Nihal Fonseka.
He stressed the importance of Foreign Direct Investments in achieving
the required level of development and expressed that there is a higher
possibility of attracting the capital flow given the end of war.
As a panel member, Director Economic Affairs, Secretariat for
Coordinating the Peace Process, Rohantha Athukorala, provided great
insight pertaining to the current economic impact of war.
He said that the war has cost approximately US $ 20 bn to the
economy. He also focused on the way forward in positioning Sri Lanka in
the global market.
Panellist, Executive Director, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies,
Colombo, Jeevan Thiagarajah, with his experience in the arena emphazised
the vitality of reconciliation and healing the hearts of people to avoid
the best laid efforts being derailed.
Chairman, Bank of Ceylon, Dr Gamini Wickramasinghe, another panellist
brought in his insight relating to development of livelihood in the
north and east via an agricultural and a knowledge based economy by
promoting professional education and industries such as Business Process
The discussion session concluded with further insight from the
keynote speaker, Mourad on the key learning from the success story of
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