(From left) Mr. ThusharaWalawedura, Development Officer (Policy and Research), Import and Export Control Department;Mr. D. R. S. Hapuarachchi, Senior Commissioner, Department of Inland Revenue;Mr. C. S. AchalaChandrasekara, Deputy Director of Customs;Mrs. AyodhyaIddawela Perera, Deputy General Manager - Corporate Banking, Sampath Bank PLC;Mrs. ManoriKulasekera, Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (North Western Provincial Office); and Mr. R. H. R. W. Kamalsiri, Director General, Sri Lanka Customs speaking at the event.
The latest edition of “Obe Diyunuwata Ape Maga Penweema”, the interactive seminars hosted by Sampath Bank for representatives of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector, was held at the Kandyan Reach Hotel in Kurunegala recently. This is the fifth installment of the program which brings together representatives from the local SME community and related industry stakeholders to better address collective issues encountered by SMEs in the line of imports and exports.
Speakers at the event included Mr. D. R. S. Hapuarachchi - Senior Commissioner, Department of Inland Revenue; Mr. C.S. Achala Chandrasekara, Deputy Director of Customs; Mrs. Manori Kulasekera, Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (North Western Provincial Office); Mr. R. H. R. W. Kamalsiri, Director General, Sri Lanka Customs;Mr. ThusharaWalawedura, Development Officer (Policy and Research), Import and Export Control Department; and Mrs. AyodhyaIddawela Perera, Deputy General Manager - Corporate Banking, Sampath Bank PLC.
Addressing the representatives of the SMEsector from Kurunegala and surrounding areas who were present at the event, Mrs. AyodhyaIddawela Perera said, “Small and medium enterprises contribute immensely to the development of this country. This is why, Sampath Bank, since inception, has supported these industrialists and provided them with the financial assistance they need to develop their businesses. These workshops, which we are now rolling out island wide, are yet another step we have taken in this direction. On behalf of the bank, I take this opportunity to show our appreciation to all these entrepreneurs from the SME sector for their efforts and dedication in aiding the development of our nation.”
(From left) Mr. R. H. R. W. Kamalsiri, Director General, Sri Lanka Customs;Mrs. AyodhyaIddawela Perera, Deputy General Manager - Corporate Banking, Sampath Bank PLC;and Mr. D. R. S. Hapuarachchi, Senior Commissioner, Department of Inland Revenue addressing the forum.
The Bank’s Trade Services Unit has been conducting the “Obe Diyunuwata Ape Maga Penweema” knowledge sharing sessions since late 2017 and has already conducted seminars in Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Negombo with plans to hold such forums in key business centers around the island this year.Sampath Bank leverages its relationships to connect these businesses with one another as well as other relevant stakeholders through these seminars which bring together a host of government institutions and trade bodies. While the representatives from SME sector were able to voice their concerns on some of the minor nitty-gritties related to imports and exports with the other stakeholders, they were also delighted that the responses they received addressed these areas and will support them in their future endeavors.
Established in 1987, Sampath Bank has become a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today thanks to its constant innovation and customer focused approach to business. Its unique tailor-made solutions, superior services and convenience of access have allowed Sampath Bank to further differentiate itself from the competition, making it the bank of choice for many in Sri Lanka.
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