COLOMBO, April 18, 2012 – Anushka Wijesinghe and Fadhil Bakeer Markar will represent the Sri Lankan Youth at the World Bank Spring Meetings 2012 in Washington, DC this week.
The two young development professionals were selected following an open selection process.
Each Spring, thousands of government officials, the private sector, journalists, civil society representatives and other interested observers gather in Washington, DC for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.
Anushka is a young economist working with a leading think tank in Sri Lanka and also the co- founder of a leading youth movement that is involved in country-wide ethnic integration. Fadhil is a qualified economist who has ventured into promoting volunteerism amongst youth in Sri Lanka.
Both Anushka and Fadhil will make presentations on the challenges and opportunities faced by the Sri Lankan youth at a regional forum. Their presence at the Spring Meetings reinforces the commitment of the World Bank towards creating an active platform for the youth of Sri Lanka.
Upon their return they will share their experiences with peer groups and initiate dialogue on youth issues with policy makers and key opinion leaders.