CIMA, CCC workshops assist Ratnapura, Anuradhapura and Galle SMEs


The growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is crucial for the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy. 

That’s why The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has teamed up with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) to create ‘Forward Together’. This initiative aims to bridge the knowledge, skills and technology awareness gaps among local SMEs. 

The SME sector is the backbone of Sri Lanka’s economy, and their continued support to remain globally relevant and competitive is critical. This importance was highlighted during the pandemic when 45% of Sri Lanka employment relied on the SMEs’ continued functioning. CIMA and CCC developed the ‘Forward Together’ workshop model to allow for direct outreach between CIMA and SMEs. These workshops, led by Channa Gunawardana, FCMA, CGMA, (CEO – Dankotuwa Porcelain) and Dr. Nirmal De Silva (Strategy Consultant and Entrepreneur) ensure SMEs’ sustainable impact continues through constant knowledge sharing.  

The past three workshops held in Ratnapura (November 2021), Anuradhapura (December 2021) and Galle (February 2022) were well received by the SMEs and their local Chambers. Ajith Ranasinghe, Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce’s CEO found the workshop immensely beneficial to the regional SMEs, especially the sharing of practical knowledge and experiences that could be applied to further benefits of the SMEs’ businesses. P.B Dissanayake, North Central Province Chamber of Commerce’s Director General, was especially impressed by Channa Gunawardana and CIMA’s expertise and advice towards the technical, digital and HR aspects so crucial to SMEs successes. 

One hundred SMEs ranging from tourism, manufacturing, jewellery, exports and the automobile industry have benefited directly through these workshops.