Sri Lankan delegation left to Shanghai China for Sri Lanka-China track II initiative on Maritime Silk Route on 4th November 2015. The Sri Lankan group included team leader Bernard Goonetilleke, Shirantha Herath, (Chairman, Southern Development Authority), Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Admiral (Retired) Dr. Jayanath Colombage, Dr. Rohan Fernando, Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, Dr. O.G. Dayaratna-Banda, Subram Ramaswamy, Niro Cooke, Ruan Samarasinghe, Ibrahim Saleem, Ayanthi Fernando and Luxman Siriwardena, Executive Director, Pathfinder Foundation. The business delegation joined the Track II team represented Aitken Spence PLC, Hayley’s Advantis Ltd., Hatton National Bank, Kings Investments etc., and they met with Chinese investors having interest in Sri Lanka.
The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) unveiled the ‘China – Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre’ on the 22nd of October, 2015, by the Chinese Ambassador H.E. Yi Xianliang and the PF Founder, Mr. Milinda Moragoda. The main objective of the Centre is to promote conduct of analytical studies, exchange of experiences and ideas, facilitation of business–to–business and people-to-people relations.
Pathfinder Foundation launched of the publication of: IDENTITY POLITICS AND STATE-BUILDING IN SRI LANKA: Understanding Ethno-nationalist Mobilizations in a Postcolonial State in Transition. An edited volume published by the Center for the Study of Human Rights of the Colombia University in collaboration with Pathfinder Foundation. The ceremony was held on 28th May, 2015.
"The Pathfinder Foundation (PF), an independent research and advocacy think-tank is a long-standing proponent of prudent policy-making in Sri Lanka and has been consistently advocating that all political parties should focus on economic reforms to accelerate economic growth and development. In order to better facilitate this process, the PF commissioned a series of studies on key policy areas which will be important determinants of a successful transition of the Sri Lankan economy to a sustained high growth path. This process has produced a Blueprint on economic reforms titled ‘Charting the way forward: Prosperity for all,’ in all three languages. This document presented to the leaderships of all the major political parties.
The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) and the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) organised a high-level seminar on cooperation between Sri Lanka and China to advance the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative in Colombo on 21st November 2014.
A visiting delegation from China’s top rank think-tank Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) had discussions with the Founder of the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) Mr. Milinda Moragoda and its senior officials on collaborative research and studies in areas such as realizing the economic benefits of the Maritime Silk Road initiative and strengthening the capacity of PF on strategic studies. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Founder of the PF and Dr. Yang Jiemian, Senior Fellow of the SIIS. Among the participants from the Chinese side was H.E. Ambassador Wu Jianghao, Dr. Zhou Shixin, Research Fellow at the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies Centre for Asia – Pacific Studies, Dr. Chen Youjun from the Institute for World Economy Studies, Mr. Wang Lei, Executive Director of the Institute for Comparative Politics and Public Policy and Dr. Xue Chen, Research Fellow, Institute for International Strategic Studies as well as the Centre for Maritime & Polar Region Studies. The PF representation consisted of Mr. Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman, Mr. M D D Pieris, Director, Prof. Sirimal Abeyratne, Senior Fellow, Mr. Luxman Siriwardena, Executive Director and Ms. Ameera Arooz, Project Manager.
Mr. Zhu Rui, Secretary General of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) who was the architect and driving force behind the visiting tourism and related investment promotion mission from Changzhou, Wuxi and Suzhou in Jiangsu Province gave an assurance in the presence of Hon. Faiszer Mustapha, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion that there would be a minimum of 30,000 additional tourists in 3 years time. The CPAPD and its Sri Lankan partner organization, the Pathfinder Foundation (PF), collaborated in this venture as a means of giving effect to the implementation of the Cooperation Memorandum signed between the two organizations in July 2012.
Memorandum for Co-operation between the Chinese People’s Association for Peace & Disarmament (CPAPD) and the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) was signed at a ceremony held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. The Memorandum was signed by Ms. Chen Huaifan, Deputy Secretary General of CPAPD and Mr. Luxman Siriwardena, Executive Director on behalf of the PF. The event was witnessed by Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Founder of the Pathfinder Foundation and Senior Advisor to the President and His Excellency Mr. Wu Jianghao, Ambassador for China in Sri Lanka.