CILT and KPMG to col­lab­o­rate on knowl­edge shar­ing ini­tia­tives

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The Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port Sri Lanka (CILT-SL) en­tered into an agree­ment with KPMG in Sri Lanka to col­lab­o­rate and con­duct knowl­edge shar­ing events fo­cused on new and evolv­ing trends, cur­rent top­ics, and to pro­vide ac­cess to a com­mu­nity of pro­fes­sion­als for both or­gan­i­sa­tions.

This ini­tia­tive aims to pro­vide busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als with prac­ti­cal in­sights into op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges fac­ing in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and busi­nesses to­day – from risk man­age­ment and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to strat­egy and global com­pli­ance.

Com­ment­ing on the col­lab­o­ra­tion, Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port Sri Lanka Chair­man Capt. La­sitha Cu­maratunga stated: “It is im­por­tant for pro­fes­sion­als to keep abreast of the lat­est is­sues and best prac­tices in or­der to over­come the chal­lenges faced in to­day’s eco­nomic cli­mate. Hence, we are ex­tremely pleased to en­gage with KPMG, which has a global net­work of sup­ply chain pro­fes­sion­als and re­sources.”

The ini­tia­tive in­cludes com­pre­hen­sive, as well as topic and sec­tor spe­cific events, and a va­ri­ety of reg­u­lar and timely work­shops and sem­i­nars.

Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port Sri Lanka Sec­re­tary Chan­naka De Al­wis stated: “We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing com­pli­men­tary guid­ance and a va­ri­ety of re­sources for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. It is at the very core of our ob­jec­tive and what we stand for.”

The Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port Sri Lanka, which was es­tab­lished in 1984, is gov­erned by a coun­cil con­sist­ing of pro­fes­sion­als rep­re­sent­ing all seg­ments of the sup­ply chain, trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, and is among the eight char­tered in­sti­tutes form­ing the body – The Fo­rum of Char­tered In­sti­tutes (FCI) – whose ob­jec­tive it is to serve com­mon goals for the ul­ti­mate ben­e­fit of Sri Lanka’s econ­omy.

The Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port (CILT) is the lead­ing global pro­fes­sional body for ev­ery­one who works within sup­ply chain, lo­gis­tics and trans­port.

Fi­nal co­or­di­nat­ing the study of the sci­ence and art of lo­gis­tics and trans­port through its mem­ber­ship, events and ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions. With a global mem­ber­ship of over 33,000, CILT is present in 34 coun­tries across the globe. CILT pro­vides a pro­fes­sional iden­tity to those in the ev­er­ex­pand­ing sup­ply chain, lo­gis­tics and trans­port in­dus­try. It is a strong, ac­tive and uni­fied pro­fes­sional body that is able to speak with au­thor­ity on strate­gic is­sues af­fect­ing busi­nesses and peo­ple in the in­dus­try and sup­port their ca­reers.

KPMG Sri Lanka Manag­ing Part­ner Reyaz Mi­hu­lar stated: “As knowl­edge part­ner, our ob­jec­tive goes be­yond dis­cussing cur­rent and emerg­ing top­ics, to shar­ing knowl­edge on how busi­nesses could re­spond to emerg­ing is­sues while pro­mot­ing best sup­ply chain man­age­ment prac­tices. In the last few years, KPMG has made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in im­por­tant ar­eas in­clud­ing our peo­ple, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, to sup­port the de­liv­ery of mar­ket lead­ing so­lu­tions. One such area is our sup­ply chain prac­tice, which is one of the highly sought af­ter ad­vi­sory ser­vices.”

KPMG in Sri Lanka’s sup­ply chain prac­tice con­sists of ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als who work to­gether with clients in trans­form­ing their tra­di­tional sup­ply chains into an in­te­grated multi-tier sup­ply net­work - elim­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion la­tency and un­nec­es­sary touch points, re­duc­ing op­er­at­ing costs, and im­prov­ing prof­itabil­ity and cus­tomer ser­vice. The team also fo­cuses on how dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies can im­pact and en­hance our lo­cal sup­ply chains to meet and be com­pet­i­tive with the global best in class sup­ply chains. The team is headed by KPMG Prin­ci­pal Ka­maya Per­era. Ka­maya stated: “The trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try has nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties, chal­lenges and ques­tions. The in­dus­try is con­fronted with many dis­rupters poised to rev­o­lu­tionise the in­dus­try: dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, new cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions and new busi­ness mod­els. To­gether with CILTSL, KPMG looks for­ward to of­fer­ing in­sights and so­lu­tions to ad­dress the com­plex needs of busi­nesses and to as­sist them em­brace the cur­rent and the fu­ture dis­rupters.”

From left: CILT Sec­re­tary Gen­eral/ceo Ajith Sa­ma­rathunga, CILT Vice Chair­per­son Gayani De Al­wis, CILT As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gi­han Jayas­inghe, CILT Sec­re­tary Chan­naka De Al­wis, CILT Chair­man Capt. La­sitha Cu­maratunga, KPMG Manag­ing Part­ner Reyaz Mi­hu­lar, KPMG Prin­ci­pal Ka­maya Per­era, KPMG As­sis­tant Man­ager Aruni Ku­latunga and KPMG Man­ager Jonathan Fran­cis

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