World Statistics Day: 20 October 2015

National Seminar

20th October 2015

  8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
  9.00 am– 9.15 am Inauguration
Arrival of the Chief Guest
Lighting the Traditional oil lamp
National Anthem
  9.15 am – 9.25 am Welcome speech by the Director General of Census and Statistics, Dr. A.J.Satharasinghe
  9.25 am – 9.35 am Video Message from the Director, UN Statistics Division, UNHQ New York
  9.35 am – 9.45 am Address by the Secretary to the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs, Mr. M.I.M. Rafeek
  9.45 am – 10.00 am Address by the Chief Guest
Hon. Niroshan Perera,
State Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs
  10.00 am – 10.05 am Message from the UNFPA Representative, Mr. Alain Sibenaler
  10.05 am – 10.25 am Achievements of Official Statistics in Sri Lanka
Mr. SUB Jayamaha/Statistician
  10.25 am – 10.45 am Use of official statistics for evidence based decision making
Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy,
Secretary/Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs
  10.45 am – 11.05 am Data needs for emerging economies
Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka
  11.05 am – 11.25 am Demographic Dividend in Sri Lanka
Prof. W.I. de Silva, Department of Demography,
University of Colombo
  11.25 am – 11.45 am Refreshments
  11.45 am – 12.05 pm ‘Diyasaka’ – A statistical awareness drama
  12.05 pm – 12.20 pm Data produced by DCS
Mr. R.H.S Abeynayake, Director
  12.20 pm – 12.40 pm Wage differentials in a segmented labour market
A presentation of findings of a research based on DCS data
Ms. Priyanka Jayawardena, Research Economist,
Institute of Policy Studies
  12.40 pm – 12.55 pm Evolution of IT usage at DCS
Mr. Wasantha Weerasiri, DD(ICT)
  12.55 pm – 1.05 pm Learning Management System Library Catalogue System of DCS
Mrs. Mallika Fernando, Director (ICT) and Mr. K.G.S. Gunathilake Chief Librarian
  1.05 pm – 1.15 pm A group song by DCS staff
  1.15 pm – 1.25 pm Felicitation of former heads of DCS
  1.25 pm – 1.35 pm Vote of Thanks
Ms. Ishanthi Kulatilleke, Senior Statistician
  1.35 pm onwards Lunch


Celebration of World Statistics Day 2015 programme includes many events targeted at increasing awareness about official statistics amongst various user groups. The event: “WSD forum 2015” will be held on 20th October 2015 at JAIC Hilton Hotel Colombo with the participation of Hon. Niroshan Perera, State Minister of National Policy & Economic Development, as the chief guest.