The Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (SLCSMI) will be celebrating its 48th anniversary with the “Industrial Excellence Award 2011” for the sixth consecutive year on 22 November at the Waters Edge.
The chief guest on this occasion will be Kathy Klugman, High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka.
The main Award for this event is the “Platinum” which carries an Elegant Trophy and a Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000. This competition also carries Gold, Silver and 7 bronze Awards.
A special feature of this ceremony is the emphasis on the Small Enterprises in 8 provinces of the country with The Regional Development Bank being the Principal Sponsor with 255 branches in the 8 provinces including the northern and eastern regions.
The respective Banks will be inviting their clients to participate at this event and Aloy Jayawardene, President of the Chamber anticipates over 500 applicants from the eight provinces competing for the 8 recognition awards.
Regional Development Bank (RDB) Chairperson, Janaki Kuruppu told that plans are underway to open 10 more branches in the provinces by next year.
The Bank will take measures to inculcate the saving habit among rural people, providing good return for deposits and savings, encouraging school children and minors to save money and above all to empower the poor by encouraging them to start income generating activities for their development.
The Chamber will provide resource persons from its membership to deliver lectures in all 3 languages to improve the activities of both the saving habit and business activities.
“Arrangements for these seminars will be made by the Bank in the 8 provinces”, said Jayawardene, President of the Chamber.
The Selection Committee for the “IEA 2011” will be chaired by Professor Kapila Jayasinghe of the Moratuwa University and others will be representatives from The Board of Investment (BOI), Export Development Board(EDB), Ministry of Industry and Commerce, National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA), a representative of the Regional Development Bank (RDB) with a representative of the Chamber.