Lankan SMEs to take part in Swiss event
Sri Lanka's SMEs will take part in a leading SME event of global
scale in Switzerland in June 2014.
"Sri Lanka SMEs need technical skills for it to advance. Your food
processing, water bottling, dairy and livestock, and packaging are some
of the SME sub-sectors that engaged our immediate interest," said New
Delhi based Senior Consultant of Switzerland Global Enterprise (SGE),
Beat Ineichen, when he paid a courtesy call on Industry and Commerce
Minister Rishad Bathiudeen recently.
Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad
Bathiudeen greets Senior Consultant of Switzerland Global
Enterprise (SGE), Beat Ineichen.
Ineichen also witnessed two special presentations of the National
Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) and the EDB on Lankan SMEs and
the forthcoming 'Reflection of Sri Lanka' - the trade, tourism and
investment exposition being held parallel to CHOGM.
SGE, an entity operating under the Swiss government, is Switzerland's
centre of excellence for internationalisation and is involved in
exports, imports and investments (to Switzerland) and works closely with
In 2012, Sri Lanka received Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) totalling
$ 14.46 million from Switzerland.
"I have 17 years of SME experience in Asia alone with four in
I am here on a fact-finding mission as a follow up to the recent
visit of Regional Director, Asia Pacific of Switzerland Global
Enterprise (SGE), Wolfgang Schanzenbach," he said.
"I am now hopeful that we can collaborate closely with Sri Lanka. Sri
Lanka can immensely benefit from the innovative side of Swiss SME, which
is more than 95% of the Swiss economy, except for the bog-boys such as
Nestle and Holcim," Ineichen said.
"We invite Sri Lankan SMEs to the Asia Pacific SME event in
Switzerland in June 2014. We will provide more details in due course.
A Swiss business delegation of ten firms will arrive in Sri Lanka for
CHOGM biz forum led by the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Committee of the
Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC), Mark Dangel. Dangel co-founded
Zurich's Swiss merchant bank A and A Actienbank," he said.
Minister Bathiudeen said, "We are encouraged by SGE's follow up after
my meeting with SGEs' Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Wolfgang
Schanzenbach in Colombo last month. SGE's keenness can be a win-win
situation for SMEs on both sides."
"The National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) has launched an
international level initiative to link our SMEs to global markets
through the web portal sme.lk. Our SMEs need support. I call upon the
SGE to focus on the SME sector in the North and the East."
Minister Bathiudeen and Consultant Ineichen also discussed Sri
Lanka's SME outlook, the need for new SME data and NEDA's many
initiatives for the SME sector.