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Welcome to Sri Lanka

Ayubowan! The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in collaboration with the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) , supported by the Asia Pacific Federation of HR (APFHRM) proud and privileged to present you the world’s  premier people event, the 18th World HR Congress (WHRC) July 6-8, 2020 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka which coincides with the 60th anniversary celebration of CIPM Sri Lanka. it is, therefore, we have aptly selected the theme: “Exalting People Professionals: Explore, Expand and Excel” for the 18th World Congress.

This biennial Conclave has been held since 1986 in seventeen different countries and the venue for the 18th congress of the world is the beautiful paradise island nation Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean. The WHRC converges people professional from five continental federations consists of 93 countries to Sri Lanka and it will enable people professionals to build a global community of peers, to discuss new developments, and to network with colleagues from around the world who face similar complex challenges in the people profession. This will also be the first occasion the WHRC takes place in South Asia, the most humanly rich region of the world.

World HR Congress in Sri Lanka will be staged at a very crucial juncture of mankind  while we are dealing with many complexities juggling with people, planet and profits, a new industrial era is already dawned and we are on the brink of the next big thing, the 5th industrial revolution where the human and machine will dance together as technology will help human to vastly increase labour productivity and to align return on investment with  purpose but it will require intentionality and moral clarity. 

On the other hand, there is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs provide history’s first universal matrix for achieving a flourishing future. Adopted by the heads of governments from 193 UN member states, the SDG framework addresses the key physical facets of life of all beings in our global village – social, environmental and economic. 

In this backdrop, we have endeavoured to lineup enhanced and enriched experience for you with an exciting flavour of global, regional and local blend. It also paves the way for a refreshingly rewarding experience of authentic Sri Lankan tourism for the valued international delegates. Do keep July 6,7 & 8, 2020 reserved for this engaging and energizing experience, taking place in Colombo. We will assure you immense insights, initiatives and implications in line with an invitation towards transformation to end this three day of deliberations.

We look forward to seeing all HR and People Management enthusiasts in Colombo coming July 2020!

Dhammika Fernando

President- CIPM Sri Lanka 

Chairman- World Congress 2020 

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