MODSIT, USAID conduct dialogue on trade for Kandy entrepreneurs


(L-R) Secretary MODSIT Sisira Kodikara, Minister Samarawickrema, Guest of Honour – Reed Aeschliman, Mission Director, USAID and Glenn Mackenzie-Frazer, Chief of Party USAID-SAIL Project

The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MODSIT) together with the USAID-SAIL project hosted a Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Global Trade for businessmen in the Kandy District on August 23, 2 at Hotel Suisse in Kandy.

The event, titled, "Kandy in the Global Economy – How can the district maximize benefits and minimize risks?", was the second in a series of district-level PPDs being held to increase the general awareness and understanding of trade, and obtain the views of wider and more representative groups of stakeholders across the country.

The event was the first to be held outside Colombo and generated vibrant debates and discussions among over 120 participants from ministries, government agencies, the business community, trade chambers, the private sector and other key stakeholders.

The resource personnel were led by USAID-SAIL Trade Expert Dr. Sanath Jayanetti, who spoke on "Kandy in the Global Economy - How can the District Maximize Benefits and Minimize Risks". He was followed by Premathilake Jayakodi - Deputy Director - Department of Commerce, who spoke on Certificate of Origin, Assistance for the exporters through commercial attaches abroad and the Trade Information Portal.

Lal Weerakoon - Superintendent of Customs, Department of Customs elaborated on "New Initiatives at Customs" and Heshan Mathugamage, Assistant Registrar, Registrar of Companies explained the progress of "EROC (e-Registration of Companies) project" and his role as the Official Receiver. Each presentation was followed by a questions and answers session.

There was a special segment in the programme to listen to a ‘Success Story’ and Sagara Ranga Liyanage, Chairman, Earth Bound Creations (Pvt) Ltd described his journey from humble beginnings to an industry leader, transforming waste products into useful household items.

Gracing the occasion were Guest of Honour, Mr Reed Aeschliman, Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Sri Lanka and Maldives, Mr Brian Wittnebel Deputy Director - Economic Growth Division USAID; Hon Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade (MODSIT), Mr Sisira Kodikara, Secretary MODSIT and Mr Glenn Mackenzie-Frazer, Chief of Party, USAID-SAIL Project.

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