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OPA annual confab this week

10 October, 2021

The Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) of Sri Lanka will host its 34th OPA Annual Conference from October 13-14 at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo attracting over 60,000 professionals from 52 member associations representing 32 professions. 

The Conference Committee presented the  theme – ‘Resurgence in the New Order’ and the logo of the 34th OPA Annual Conference at a virtual media conference. President OPA Shantha Senarath, President Elect and Chairman of the 34th Annual Conference Committee and third National Apex Awards Committee, Dulitha Perera,  General Secretary Ruchira Gunasekara, Treasurer  Bandula Gamarachchi, the Convener of the 34th Annual Conference Committee and third National Apex Awards Committee,   Amila Sugathapala, representatives of the media and members of OPA connecting on a virtual platform.

President Gotabaya Rajapakse inaugurate the conference as the chief guest. 

The keynote speaker will be Lord Dr Micheal Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, House of Lords, Westminster, London. The opening plenary on October 14 will focus on Entrepreneurship where Ashrof Omar and Dr. Udaya Indraratne will impart their knowledge on how successful they have been in their own fields and how one could adapt and come up with new concepts on entrepreneurship to overcome the challenges and hurdles that the pandemic brought in its wake.

The first concurrent sessions will focus on two pertinent aspects which should be taken into consideration amidst a pandemic.

The future of education will be an issue where the focus would be on an entire range of educational activities and linking them up with STEM education and technological education systems to adapt to the new normal. Current economic conditions and sustainable economic development where measures are to be initiated to revive the economy and what strategies are to be implemented to build up the cornerstones of Sri Lankan economy for a better future in an equitable society will be discussed.

The second concurrent sessions will focus on Supply Chain Management to concentrate on how Sri Lanka could be positioned as a central hub in the global supply chain which will result in attracting more foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the country. The closing plenary will focus on the tourism industry.