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To feature IMF’s, Dr Ratna Sahay

Sri [email protected] Webinar on Feb. 2

Dr. Ratna Sahay
Dr. Ratna Sahay

The U.S.-funded Sri [email protected] initiative, a private sector-led program to help mid-sized firms grow their businesses, will host a webinar titled ‘Enhancing Business Reach: Access to Finance, Markets and Technology’ on February 2, at 11:00 am Sri Lanka Time.

The webinar, the first in a series planned for 2021, will provide businesses with actionable ideas and practical suggestions while bringing together business partners and experts who have a “can-do” attitude to speak on a wide range of subjects. The United States is funding the Sri [email protected] initiative through USAID.

Curated by leading global strategy consulting firm Stax―the implementing partner for [email protected]―the webinar will consist of a fireside chat followed by three simultaneous breakout sessions on topics of vital importance to small- & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The fireside chat will be with Dr Ratna Sahay, the International Monetary Fund’s Deputy Director of Monetary and Capital Markets.

Highlighting the importance of events such as these, USAID Mission Director Reed Aeschliman stated, “SMEs play a vital role in the economy, and their importance in the post-COVID recovery process can’t be overstated.”

The fireside chat will be followed by three breakout sessions featuring a variety of industry experts, addressing specific themes and providing practical tips.

The ‘Access to Finance – Avenues to Raise Capital’ breakout session will feature Sidath Kalyanaratne, CFA, a Director at Assetline Capital, Deputy General Manager of New Initiatives and Head of Risk and Research at David Pieris Holdings. Also in this panel, representatives from the Palladium Group―Orzu Matyakubova, Team Lead and Jaikanth Sivasamy, Director of Operations―will discuss COVID-specific financing options.

In the ‘Access to Markets – Opportunities in Neighboring Markets’ session, leading Economist & International Consultant Anushka Wijesinha will discuss trade trends and opportunities in the South Asian region, with particular focus on India―based on his recent paper, “Opportunity next door: An Analysis of India market entry strategies of Sri Lankan firms.”

The third breakout session, entitled ‘Access to Technology – Increasing Use of ICT by SMEs’ will feature Helani Galpaya, CEO of think tank LIRNEasia, who will discuss the findings from a recent island-wide survey on ICT usage by SMEs.