The International Trade Centre (ITC), headquartered in Geneva, is currently implementing the EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance Project, which aims to increase the trade competitiveness of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the regional and European Union (EU) markets.
This four-year EU-funded project supports the improvement of SME export competitiveness and value addition in sectors with high potential for economic growth and development.
As part of the EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance Project, the ITC launched a new initiative in 2018 to enhance the SME compliance with the export formalities in Sri Lanka. Due to its longstanding achievements, professionalism and commitment to support Sri Lankan enterprises, the ITC is collaborating with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) to implement this initiative.
The objective of this new initiative is to provide on-the-job coaching services to SMEs to improve their export management practices. As the first step of this initiative, the ITC and CCC have trained a team of 13 national export management coaches (EMCs) responsible to provide on-the-job coaching services to SMEs.
These coaches will assist SMEs to identify the problems and give solutions pertaining to the following areas related to exports and thereby enhance their export competitiveness: packaging and labelling, mandatory certifications, registrations and buyer standards, customs and duties, international shipping by sea and air freight, export planning and pro forma invoice.
Under this SME coaching initiative, an EMC appointed by the ITC and CCC will visit the selected SMEs and provide in-house consultancy (coaching) services to improve their export management practices.
Depending on the level of assistance required by the SME, the EMC will be willing to spend up to five days of his time to resolve the export management-related issues of selected SMEs. Export management coaching services will be provided free of charge and the EMC visits can be arranged on a mutually convenient manner to suit both the EMC and SME.
Export SMEs facing various difficulties and challenges pertaining to successful handling of their exports are eligible to receive coaching assistance free-of-charge.
Eligible SMEs may contact Manori (email@example.com 011-5588871) or Chandra (firstname.lastname@example.org 077-2200771) to express their interest in receiving on-the-job coaching or for any further details/clarifications.