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NDB Bank/IFC conduct SME development workshop

NDB Bank hosted a training workshop in partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) - a member of the World Bank Group to empower and educate the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector of Matara recently.

The workshop was inaugurated by President Chamber of Commerce Matara Raja Hewabowala and Asst. Vice President, Branch Sales and Strategy NDB Bank Yasas Hewage.

The topics covered included SME and Retail Banking for Entrepreneurs, Principles of Marketing, Information Technology for Entrepreneurs, Positive Thinking and BookKeeping and Taxation.

The panel of speakers included Yasas Hewage, C.C.D. Samarakkody, Premapala Pathirana and Saman Rasaputhra.

"The SME sector represents the engine of growth of our country and is critical for job creation, entrepreneurship and income generation.

SME's have become a key area of focus and NDB Bank is committed to developing the sector by educating, and encouraging local businesses to develop skills, knowledge and competencies to take on emerging opportunities.

We are grateful that the IFC and the Chamber of Commerce have come on board. We hope to work long term with them and take SMEs to the rest of the country. As a pioneer in SME lending, we are proud to add value to this highly important sector," said Vice President/Head of SME and Retail Banking NDB Bank Raj Aboobucker.

Participants from the Tea, Cinnamon, Fisheries, Wholesale, Retail and Ice manufacturing sectors participated in the full day workshop.

 

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