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Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00
The World is evolving into an era where artificial intelligence is facilitating businesses to thrive produce goods and services in a more efficient and sustainable manner.  The proliferation of robotic technology has however been looked upon as a challenge and sometimes even as a threat by workers and their representatives.  The changes that are taking place around us due to the impact of digitalization and automation cannot be rolled back.  In fact the development of advance technology is picking up pace and is adding to the debate whether the human labour element could be reduced or be replaced altogether.

Research shows that about 40% of all US jobs are at the risk of being replaced by intelligent algorithms or production robots whilst some 70% of Thailand and India is also at risk for similar reasons.  The impact of digitalization and automation knows no boundaries and has affected both blue and white collar workers alike.  In this backdrop it is perceived that the world is moving away from traditional employment structures to more autonomous work situations that includes with more opportunities being created to be  self-employed.         
The challenges stakeholders have had to contend with are many.  Bureaucrats and policy makers have had to grapple with issues far from their comfort zones.  However, it is timely that we take a stock of such matters to better understand how this transitional phase should be navigated with minimum, if not a manageable impact both in terms of cost to labour and resources.
Diversity has become a feature in our work places and in the era of technological advancement opportunities have been created for certain isolated segments of society such as persons with disabilities to productively contribute to the workforce and national economies.  Diverse forms of employment which are expanding due to high demand specially by women have also created better work opportunities whilst ensuring value such as work life balance and social obligations.  In fact the changes that are taking place in the world of work has enabled women to participate in much greater numbers than ever before.  
As we look at the broader issues in relation to shaping the future of work it will be fool hardy to think of achieving success if we did not take on board the aspirations of workers of different generations.  In countries where an aging population is emerging -  Sri Lanka being one  - the importance of ensuring that we reap demographic dividends cannot be much emphasized.  
In the foregoing back drop the Employer Symposium hopes to focus and discuss a gamut of issues that will shape the future of the work focusing on the following topics.
Impact of Digitalization and Automation
Challenges of Transition
Future of Work we want
Managing Diversity
Symposium will comprise of a broader discussion based on case study presentations and panel discussions by eminent experts representing business, policy makers, cooperate management as well as employers drawn from a wide array of sectors.

The symposium is scheduled to be held on 2nd November 2018 at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo which will be followed by cocktails and fellowships.

Tentative Agenda

8.30 a.m.  -  9.00 a.m. Registrations
9.00 a.m.   -  9.30 a.m. Inauguration & Welcome Address
9.30  a.m.    -   11.00 a.m. - TECHNICAL SESSION 1


Presentations followed by a Panel Session on Impact of Digitalization & Automation(Moderated by –  Mr.Gotabaya Dasanayaka - Former Senior Specialist on Employer Activities for the South Asian Region, ILO / Former Director General, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.)


1. Mr. Carl Cruz – Chairman, Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd.
2. Mr. Gihan Jayasinghe – Deputy Chairman, Finlays Colombo Ltd.
3. Mr. Jonathan Alles - Managing Director/ CEO, HNB
4. Mr. Samath Fernando – Chief Executive Officer H ONE
5. Mr. Dee Liyanwela - Executive Director, Technology & Head of LSEG Sri Lanka
Q&A & Wrap Up

11.00  a.m.  - 11.20.a.m. Tea- Break
11.20 a.m. –  12.50 p.m. - TECHNICAL SESSION 2


Introductory Presentation (Challenges of Tranisition)  -  Mr.Ravi Peiris - Senior Employer Specialist Employers’ Activities, ILO DWT for South Asia / Former Director General, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon 

Panel Session on Challenges of Transition (Moderated by - Mr.Ravi Peiris )  


1. Mr. R.P.A Wimalaweera – Commissioner General of Labour
2. Mr. Leslie Devendra – General Secretary, Sri Lanka Nidahas Sewaka Sangamaya
3. Ms. Stephanie Winet – International Organization of Employers 
4. Mr. Dinesh Weerakkody – Managing Director, Cornucopia Lanka (pvt) Ltd/Chairman, NHRDC/ Chairman, HNB
5. Ms. Simrin Singh -  Country Director, ILO Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Q&A & Wrap Up

12.50 p.m. – 1.40 p.m. Lunch
1.40 p.m. – 1.50 p.m. - Presentation by Ms. Manique Gunaratne on Employers Network on Disability
1.50 p.m. – 3.20 p.m. - TECHNICAL SESSION 3


Panel Session on Future of Work We Want (Moderated by – Mr. Isuru Tillakawardana,  Deputy General Manager HRM, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC)

A Panel comprising of employees
Q & A and Wrap Up

3.20 p.m.– 3.30 p.m. Table Quiz

3.30p.m – 3.50 p.m. - Tea – break
3.50  p.m. – 5.20 p.m.  - TECHNICAL SESSION 4


Panel Session on Managing Diversity & Inclusion (Moderated by – Mr.Sumeet Verma  - Director HR and Corporate Relations, Unilever Sri Lanka Limited)

1. Ms. Chiranthi Cooray - Chief Human Resource Officer/Deputy General Manager – Human Resources, HNB
2. Ms. Manique Gunaratne –  Manager – Specialized Training & Disability Resource Centre, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon
3. Ms. Marise Deckker – Managing Director, Astron Ltd.
4. Mr. Nishantha Nawurunnage – Director HR ASEAN Countries, Avery Dennison
5. Representative from Unilever
6. Ms. Nilangani De Silva - General Manager Group Capability / Training Development , Brandix

Q & A and Wrap Up

5.20 p.m.– 5.25 p.m. Wrap up by Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe – Director General , The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon 

5.30 p.m. onwards Cocktail & Fellowship

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