SME Machinery Exhibition 2010

“SME 2010 Machinery Exhibition – Technology for Rural Development” concluded with opening new vistas for entrepreneurs

SME 2010 Machinery Exhibition which was organized by the Project SMED, a Project of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for SME development, was successfully held on 27th – 29th August 2010 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition and Convention Hall, BMICH, Colombo. Exhibition showcased SME-related machinery, accessories, new technology and services under one roof offered by eighty Sri Lankan and four Indian companies. Theme of the exhibition was “Technology for Rural Development” which goes in line with the “Rural Development Programme” spelled out in the Mahinda Chinthanaya.

Main objective of the exhibition was to create an effective platform for existing and potential entrepreneurs to acquire new technology, know-how and support services available in the country and the region which can be used to develop new and value added products, enhance efficiency and achieve economies of scale, quality improvements and thereby overall boost in the industry. The exhibition represented the sectors such as automobile accessories and parts (rubber made), farm equipment, packaging equipment, food processing machinery, power tools, water care solutions, IT solutions, R&D innovations etc.

The exhibition was declared opened by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce as the Chief Guest on the opening day inauguration. Mr. Thilak Kollure, Secretary to the Ministry and other officials from the Ministry too attended. Mr. M R Shah, Chairman and Mr. Gamini Karunatilake, CEO represented the Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka PLC (MBSL), the event’s main sponsor. Mr. Malraj Balapitiya, CEO SLT Rainbow, the event’s official directory publisher was among the other distinguished guests. Representing FCCISL Mr. Kosala Wickramanayake, President, Mr. Nawaz Rajabdeen, Immediate Past President, Mr. Tissa Jayaweera, Senior Vice President, Mr. Kumar Mallimaratchi, Vice President, Mr. S T S Arulananthan, Director, Dr. Thusitha Tennakoon, Secretary General and Mr. Bodhi Wanniarachchi, Asst. Secretary General – Projects participated.

Hon. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development was the Chief Guest on the Day 02 (28th) inauguration. Mr. V Sivananasoothy, Secretary to the Ministry was also present. H E Mahabu Buzz Zaman, High Commissioner for Bangladesh in Sri Lanka was the Guest of Honour at the occasion. Hon. Professor Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Technology and Research was the Chief Guest on the final day (29th) inauguration.

The Exhibition was visited by around 5,200 people that included district chamber members, SMEs especially from Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Galle and Kurunegala, fulfilling the objective of providing a platform to gain knowledge and finding linkages for rural entrepreneurs. Potential entrepreneurs, professionals and students from vocational training institutes and general public were also among the participants.

Honourable ministers expressed their views commending the initiative and efforts taken by the FCCISL in bringing all sectors representing SMEs under one umbrella for the 05th consecutive year. The event pooled together technologies used in Sri Lanka and neighboring countries to build-up awareness and to create opportunities for the SME sector of the country. Exhibitors appreciated the event concluding that it was a great and encouraging opportunity for them to showcase their capabilities, talents and to receive sales opportunities. Visitors viewed at the event as a greater opportunity to learn about SME-related technology and services and establish linkages.

FCCISL announced the date of the SME 2011 Machinery Exhibition as 10 – 12 June 2011 at BMICH, Colombo where the organization is much confident of exploring a wide spectrum of sectors to cover the SMEs of the country and SAARC region.

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