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SAWTEE is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Dr Saman Kalegama, Executive Director of Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and IPS.

Saman was a friend of SAWTEE as an institution, and quite a few at SAWTEE also counted him among their personal friends. A passionate advocate of regional cooperation in South Asia, he served on the Regional Advisory Board of SAWTEE’s network as well as that of Trade Insight magazine. He was among the key drivers behind the launch of the South Asia Economic Summit, a civil society-led initiative.  His departure has left a void in the policy research and advocacy community in not only Sri Lanka but the entire region. We at SAWTEE remember him as a kind and humble person, who combined deep scholarship with broad vision, and was always constructive in his comments and suggestions.