ISMM to hold full-day in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on sup­ply chain man­age­ment

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The In­sti­tute of Sup­ply and Ma­te­ri­als Man­age­ment (ISMM) is cel­e­brat­ing its 45th an­niver­sary on par with a full-day in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar, un­der the theme ‘Lever­ag­ing sup­ply chain man­age­ment to en­hance sus­tain­abil­ity’, on Oc­to­ber 24, at The Kings­bury Ho­tel.

Founded in 1972, the ISMM was es­tab­lished to fos­ter the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of the pur­chas­ing and sup­ply func­tions in Sri Lanka. The in­sti­tute is cur­rently headed by ISMM Pres­i­dent R.L. Nalin Silva.

Speak­ing at the me­dia con­fer­ence of the event, held at the ISMM au­di­to­rium in the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tions of Sri Lanka (OPASL) build­ing, ISMM Vice Pres­i­dent Maj. Gen. (Retd.) R.V. Udawatta stated, “I’m sure, con­sid­er­ing the enor­mous ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure of the ses­sion chair­men and guest speak­ers, it will be of im­mense ben­e­fit to all the par­tic­i­pants. So we have in­vited all par­tic­i­pants from over­seas and lo­cal to make this op­por­tu­nity to en­hance their knowl­edge back­ground on sup­ply chain man­age­ment be­cause this is go­ing to be a golden op­por­tu­nity and I think for this year, this is one of the pre­mier sem­i­nars in this re­gion on sup­ply chain man­age­ment.”

Also com­ment­ing on the oc­ca­sion, ISMM Pres­i­dent R.L. Nalin Silva stated, “The largest re­tailer, Ali Baba, does not have a re­tail shop; the largest me­dia provider, Face­book, does not have any con­tacts; the sal­mon fish caught in Scot­land is sent to China for slic­ing and pack­et­ing, sent back to Scot­land for sales. Now the com­pa­nies do not hire peo­ple, they out­source and this is why we have to de­velop and take the sup­ply chain and ma­te­rial man­age­ment to the next level in Sri Lanka and across the world.”

The ISMM is af­fil­i­ated to the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pur­chas­ing and Sup­ply Man­age­ment, which is the world body en­com­pass­ing 48 na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions hav­ing more than 250,000 pro­fes­sion­als en­gaged in pur­chas­ing and sup­ply chain man­age­ment.

The Govern­ment of Sri Lanka rec­og­nizes the cor­po­rate mem­ber­ship of the ISMM with three years ex­pe­ri­ence in an ex­ec­u­tive ca­pac­ity as equiv­a­lent to a First or Sec­ond Class Hon­ours De­gree rel­e­vant to the field of sup­ply chain man­age­ment awarded by a rec­og­nized uni­ver­sity.

The ISMM’S vi­sion is to be the most sought-after pro­fes­sional in­sti­tu­tion in the field of pro­cure­ment and sup­ply chain man­age­ment in the re­gion.

From left: ISMM As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Jayantha Galle­hewa, ISMM Vice Pres­i­dent I.G. Per­era, ISMM Pres­i­dent R.L. Nalin Silva, ISMM Vice Pres­i­dent Maj. Gen. (Retd.) R.V. Udawatta and ISMM Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Har­sha Si­r­i­manne at the head ta­ble. Pic by Kushan Pathi­raja

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