ISMM int’l seminar and 45th annual celebrations held | Daily News

ISMM int’l seminar and 45th annual celebrations held

Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne with ISMM officials and foreign delegates of the international seminar
Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne with ISMM officials and foreign delegates of the international seminar

The Institute of Supply and Materials Management (ISMM) hosted its international seminar, under the theme ‘Leveraging Supply Chain Management to Enhance Sustainability recently in Colombo.

The keynote speech was delivered by State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne in the international seminar that saw the participation of over 350 including regional partners from overseas.

The seminar was organized in the sidelines of ISMM’s 45th anniversary celebrations. Founded in 1972, the ISMM was established to foster the professional development of the purchasing and supply functions in Sri Lanka and incorporated by the Act of Parliament No 03 of 1981. The institute is currently headed by ISMM President R L Nalin Silva.

Internationally renowned supply chain management professionals including Maj. Gen(Retd) M S S Krishnan from Hyderabad, Prof Amal Kumarage, Dr Krizz Chantirapom, Dr Namali Sirisoma, Noman Lutfi and Prof J M S L Bandara attend the seminar. The Institute of Supply and Materials Management produces world class professionals in purchasing and supply chain management as per demand.

This year the ISMM has increased the number of courses conducted in supply chain management to 26, the highest being the Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management which goes on for three years, GDPSM with dissertation contains 120 credits and it is designed equivalent to special degree offered by a recognized university in Sri Lanka functioning under the UGC. In addition ISMM will be increasing the number of workshops, consultancies, seminars etc. for the members and students to update their knowledge in supply chain management. ISMM is also strengthening their marketing strategies, in addition to the education. The quality of the ISMM products will also be developed and enhanced.

The four biggest organizations in the world, Google, Apple, Emerson and Facebook is more concerned about supply chain management, said Nalin Silva President of ISMM. During the last three years where the highest temperature was reported in the world, supply chain management has taken measures to convert heat waste to solar power which has made a huge contribution to the globe.However climate change - heat and water will certainly affect to the supply chain and the predicament of some companies due to extreme weather conditions is well known.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Therefore this year the ISMM increased the number of courses conducting in supply chain management. The ISMM mission is focused on creating world class professionals through continuous upgrading of skills , knowledge and attitude which make a professional in the field of supply chain management.

The ISMM is also registered under the Training and Vocational Education Commission. It is also affiliated to the International Diploma in Supply Chain Management, which leads to a MBA. The Institute has also obtained the ISO 9001- 2008 quality management certificate from the SLSI. “The global economic trends through sustainable development taking place have changed for better with the involvement of the role of supply chain management since the new era of the 21st century. The largest retailer Alibaba does not have any retail shop in the world. The largest media provider, Facebook does not have any contact.

Now companies do not hire people instead they outsource and therefore it is our responsible to develop and take supply chain and materials management to the next level in Sri Lanka and across the globe,” Silva urged.

At the 45th celebrations held the same day Minister Dr Harsha De Silva participated as the Chief Guest. 

 


 

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