Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ex­ports holds CXO con­fer­ence

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The Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ex­ports (NIOE), the train­ing arm of the Na­tional Cham­ber of Ex­porters (NCE) or­ga­nized a CXO Con­fer­ence part­ner­ing with the SSA Group of Com­pa­nies, a con­sult­ing group from In­dia.

It was held on May 15th at the Hil­ton Colombo Res­i­den­cies. CEOS and other se­nior of­fi­cers of ex­port en­ter­prises par­tic­i­pated at the event.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral & Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Shi­ham Marikar in his open­ing ad­dress stated that, in the back­ground of the gov­ern­ment en­ter­ing into Free Trade Agree­ment (FTAS) with sev­eral coun­tries for­mu­lat­ing a na­tional ex­ports strat­egy, re­gain­ing the USA GSP fa­cil­ity, and other ini­tia­tives to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of ports and cus­toms ser­vices will cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for you as an ex­porter to in­crease ex­ports and di­ver­sify them.

The main ob­jec­tive of the event was to cre­ate aware­ness re­gard­ing the con­sult­ing ser­vices pro­vided by SSA to in­crease prof­itabil­ity of or­ga­ni­za­tions and how Sri Lankan en­ter­prises could make use of their ser­vices for the bet­ter­ment of their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

N.C. Narayanan, the Founder Chair­man of SSA de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress, in which he spoke about the ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion strate­gies and chal­lenges of the de­vel­op­ing economies. He also pre­sented a roadmap for Sri Lankan ex­port en­ter­prises to take full ad­van­tage of the open econ­omy through glob­al­iza­tion.

Ab­hindya Ma­hatekar, COO of SSA spoke about ‘SSA’S trans­for­ma­tion ap­proach and their ex­pe­ri­ences in South East Asia, Africa, and GCC coun­tries where SSA ex­ten­sively pi­o­neered in trans­for­ma­tion man­age­ment.

Thusith Gu­nawar­dane, Di­rec­tor of Pro­cure­ment & Lo­gis­tics INSEE Ce­ment spoke about the ‘Trans­for­ma­tion in Ware­hous­ing’ con­sulted by SSA through a case study in which a new ap­proach helped them to re­duce in­ven­tory & cost of ware­hous­ing.

Sanath Wi­je­tunga, COO of Orel Cor­po­ra­tion pre­sented their trans­for­ma­tion jour­ney where SSA is cur­rently part­ner­ing with them. He cov­ered the Trans­for­ma­tion in Mar­ket­ing and Sup­ply Chain which aimed for bet­ter cus­tomer ser­vice at op­ti­mum in­ven­tory.

The ses­sion con­cluded af­ter a panel dis­cus­sion led by Sanjeewa Sa­ma­ranayake, Group CFO of He­mas and the other speak­ers at the con­fer­ence. The panel gave a new per­spec­tive for Sri Lankan en­trepreneurs to look at the open econ­omy as an op­por­tu­nity, and move for­ward in the world map.

Many of the par­tic­i­pants in­di­cated in­ter­est in meet­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of SSA for one to one meet­ings to dis­cuss how their or­ga­ni­za­tions could ben­e­fit from SSA.

From left: N.C Narayanan Founder Chair­man SSA Group, Ab­hid­nya Ma­hatekar Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer SSA Asia Pa­cific, Sanath Wi­jethunga Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer OREL Cor­po­ra­tion, Thusith C. Gu­nawar­na­suriya Di­rec­tor Pro­cure­ment & Lo­gis­tics INSEE Ce­ment, Sanjeewa Sa­ma­ranayake Group CFO, He­mas Group, Shi­ham Marikar Se­cer­atary Gen­eral Na­tional Cham­ber of Ex­porters and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ex­ports at the panel dis­cus­sion.

Sanath Wi­jethunga

Ab­hid­nya Ma­hatekar

Thusith C. Gu­nawar­na­suriya

Key­note ad­dress by N.C Narayanan – Founder Chair­man SSA Group of Com­pa­nies

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