University of Colombo felicitates Prof. S.M.P. Senanayake
Dept. of Economics, University of Colombo has organised a felicitation
ceremony and a book launch on Monday, August 8 at 4.00 p.m at the main
auditorium of SLIDA, under the distinguished patronage of External
Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris as the chief guest and Senior
Minister of National Assets Piyasena Gamage and Deputy Minister of
Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene as the guests of honour.
The function has been organised to felicitate Prof. Piyadasa
Senanayake, a former Professor in Economics and the former Head of the
Department of Economics, University of Colombo and a former Dean of the
Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo who retired from university
service recently. He has functioned as a teacher in the government
department of education and as a university academic for nearly four
decades and ended up in 2003 as a Professor in Economics of the
University of Colombo.
In the University he had taught undergraduate as well as postgraduate
students many sub-subjects in the fields of economics and management
such as Agricultural Marketing, Agri-business Management, Micro
Economics, Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Principles of
Management, Project Evaluation, Marketing Management, and Micro Finance.
Prof. Senanayake was a prolific researcher as well as an accomplished
writer. This is very well justified by the large number of books,
chapters, articles and monographs written and published either by he
himself alone or jointly with fellow academics. Prof. Senanayake has
also served as a consultant to a large number of governmental agencies
and international organizations over the last thirty years. The most
important among the international agencies which have obtained Prof.
Senanayake’s services as a consultant are the World Bank, the Asian
Development Bank, USAID, NORAD, GTZ, JICA, FAO, UNDP and SAARC.
Prof. Senanayake, was appointed by the Ministry of Plantations, as a
Member of the Central Board of Directors of the State Plantations
Corporation during the period between 1995 and 2001 and as Chairman of
the Commission of Inquiry on the Performance of the Dambulla and
Keppetipola Dedicated Economic Zones appointed by the Ministry of Rural
Economy of the Government of Sri Lanka in 2003.
Over the years, Prof. Senanayake had also closely associated with the
work of Sri Lanka Economic Association. He was elected as its Secretary
which he held for three years from 1989 to 1992. Once again he was
elected as the Vice President of the Association and held that position
for two years from 2005 to 2007.
The recently published book, “Agriculture and Rural Development in
Sri Lanka, is a sequel of the untiring efforts of a group of academics
in the Department of Economics at the university of Colombo and some of
his friends outside the university who have been keen to pay tribute to
their eminent colleague and friend, Prof. S.M.P. Senanayake for his vast
In the face of economic liberalization and globalisation, Sri Lanka’s
agricultural sector faces enormous challenges. This sector, once
protected by stringent tariff and non-tariff barriers, has now been
exposed to foreign competition under the trade agreements with the World
Trade Organization (WTO) which provide legal ground-rules for a free
global trading system.
In terms of the rules pertaining to the agricultural agreements, the
member countries of the WTO are committed to formulate market-oriented
policies with regard to market access, domestic support and export
subsidies. In the backdrop or these market-oriented policy initiatives,
the question is whether the agricultural sector of Sri Lanka has been
able to face the global competition.
Given the current challenges faced by the agricultural sector in the
midst of global competition, climate change, food insecurity,
productivity limitations and rural poverty, this volume is a timely
publication. Several distinguished economists in the country have
contributed papers to this volume which is edited by Rev. Dr.
Wijithapura Wimalaratana, a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Economics,
University of Colombo.