CA Sri Lanka, SDB sign landmark MoU to offer SMEs better access to finance | Daily News

CA Sri Lanka, SDB sign landmark MoU to offer SMEs better access to finance

In a landmark move aimed at reinforcing the dynamic Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sanasa Development Bank PLC (SDB) recently to provide small and medium businesses with better access to finance and essential business acumen for their long-term success.

The virtual signing ceremony was held in the presence of CA Sri Lanka President Manil Jayesinghe, Vice President Sanjaya Bandara, Members of the Council, Chief Executive Officer Dulani Fernando, Secretary to the Council Anushka de Zoysa, SDB Chairman Lakshman Abeysekera and SDB Chief Executive Officer Thilak Piyadigama,

The agreement will allow CA Sri Lanka and SDB to work towards the development of the entrepreneurship and business skills of identified entrepreneurs of SMEs while special emphasis will be given on developing a pool of prospective exporters and SMEs linked to the export supply chain. CA Sri Lanka will provide specialized guidance to the SMEs through a pool of mentors who will provide the required professional expertise to develop the businesses.

CA Sri Lanka will design a program to provide the required finance literacy to entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the SME sector, while also developing a pool of mentors who will advise SMEs on how to take their business further.

Piyadigama said that the SDB bank signed an MoU with CA Sri Lanka to help and support SMEs and Cooperative Customers of SDB bank by way of professional advice on business planning, accounting, and taxation. “SDB bank is truly committed not only to finance the SME sector but also to uplift their standards with initiatives of this nature,” he said.

Through the MoU, SDB will also allocate a fund of Rs. 500 Million in terms of providing loan capital to entrepreneurs for the development of their businesses. The minimum loan amount would be Rs. 25,000 and the maximum amount would be Rs. 500,000.