16 October 2015

Galle Face Hotel (Jubilee Ballroom), Colombo

  8.30-9.00 Registration
  9.00-9.20 Inauguration
Arrival of Guests
National Anthem
Lighting the oil lamp
  9.20-9.40 Welcome Speech
Dr. A.J. Satharasinghe, Director General of Department of Census and Statistics
  9.40-9-50 “Role of Media in Dissemination of Official Statistics”
Speech by Mr. W.M.V. Narampanawa – Secretary /Ministry of Parliamentary Reform and Mass Media
  9.50-10.00 Key note address by the Chief Guest Mr. M. I. F. Rafeek – Secretary/ Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs
  10.00-10.20 Refreshments
  10.20-10.50 How to read Statistics
Dr.(Mrs.) Rupika Abeynayake Senior Lecture, University of Wayamba Discussion
  10.50-11.10 Role & Responsibilities of the Department of Census & Statistics
Mr. S.U.B. Jayamaha (Statistician - DCS)
  11.10-11.30 Understanding Demographic Trends (Discussion)
Mrs. Indu Bandara (Director – DCS)
  11.30- 11.50 National Accounts for Economic Policy Formulation (Discussion)
Mr. Anuruddha Weerathunga (Statistician - DCS)
  11.50-12.10 Measuring Inflation (Discussion)
Mrs. Thiloka De Silva (Statistician - DCS)/ Mr. V.P. Lalith (Senior Statistician - DCS)
  12.10-12.30 Status of Employment & Unemployment in Sri Lanka (Discussion)
Mrs. Chandanee Wijebandara ( Statistician - DCS)
  12.30-12.50 Micro Data Dissemination Policy (Discussion)
Mr. Mangala Rathnayake ( Statistician-DCS)
  12.50-1.00 Vote of Thanks
Mrs. Champika De Silva ( Deputy Director - DCS)


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.