National Institute of Exports holds CXO conference
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.
Thusith C. Gunawarnasuriya
Keynote address by N.C Narayanan – Founder Chairman SSA Group of Companies