CSE, UCW discuss financial market’s evolution through the pandemic 

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and University Canada West (UCW) successfully concluded a webinar on the theme “How the financial market evolved through the pandemic”. The webinar attracted over 60 participants and included insights from Canadian and Sri Lankan experts.

The virtual event is one of the collaborative programmes organised by the two organisations that follow a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently for mutual development. The MoU is projected towards recognising the common interests of the two organisations with a focus on collaborating in executive training opportunities and promoting future co-operation.

High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Counsellor (Political and Trade) Daniel Bood, UCW President and Vice Chancellor Brock Dykeman, UCW Next Generation Hub Head of Innovation/Director Dave Keighron, and UCW Department Chair – MBA, Leadership, and People Management Michele Vincenti added insight during the webinar. Representing the CSE, Head of Marketing Niroshan Wijesundere and Head of Research and Strategy Nishantha Hewavithana joined the conversation.

The main discussion areas of the programme included how Covid-19 has changed Sri Lanka, the importance of education in virtual needs, Canada’s virtual operational transformations, and the overview of CSE executive training organised by the two organisations.

Sri Lankan experts joined with a comprehensive overview of the pandemic and its effects on society and the economy, including foreign investor contributions, capital outflows, the depreciation of the local currency, and import restrictions. They highlighted the many opportunities that have been presented despite the challenges, including a digitally enabled capital market, potential to increase market liquidity, and fast growing, less correlated market. Canadian experts too shared insights on how the pandemic affected Canadian society and the economy, and their path to recovery.

A key focus of the conversation was education, and the speakers elaborated on the importance of financial literacy and how the field of global education has evolved with digital tools. They discussed the importance of adopting these constantly changing landscapes, technological advancements, and asynchronous learning.

The CSE highlighted how the organisation has always considered education and the increase in financial literacy to be of paramount importance. The exchange has, over the years, impacted society at large by conducting educational and awareness programmes islandwide, bringing together commercial and public sector organisations, business associations, industry trade groups, universities, and schools. They discussed different initiatives of the CSE towards digitalisation, education, and awareness programs, and strategic collaboration with external parties. It was brought to attention that the CSE has taken the initiative to increase financial literacy from the grassroots level, not just Colombo centric, but by conducting programmes islandwide, targeting different segments of people from all walks of life. This has resulted in an increase in retail participation in recent periods due to change in perception of investing in the stock market.

Following the same objective, the CSE, in collaboration with UCW, presented an executive programme, targeted towards those who are currently involved in the financial industry and designed to cover areas such as investment analysis and management, global financial institutions management, and business analytics. 

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