‘Forty SMEs in pre-budget consultations’



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Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce at the Southern Provincial Best Entrepreneur Awards (SPBEA) held at Sanaya Hotel, Matara recently.


Sri Lanka's SME sector is moving into high gear in the coming fiscal year-and wants it to be heard loud and clear in the country's fiscal budget for Y2015, as revealed on 30 September. And an increased presence of Lankan women entrepreneurs in the effort is also reported with 40 SMEs in pre-budget consultations.


"In Sri Lanka's context, more than 65% of its GDP comes from the SME sector-such as yours. NEDA under my Ministry has already received your inputs for next budget proposals through our Ministry meetings, and they are highest, and have been forwarded by us" said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce on 30 September in Matara.


"NEDA has already received your inputs for next budget proposals through our Ministry meetings, and they are highest, and have been forwarded by us to the Treasury. To develop the southern entrepreneurs, NEDA has also launched many initiatives," he said.


Accordingly, NEDA has revealed that the highest ever SMEs in any pre-budget consultations by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) have been seen during this July-August pre-budget sessions. Almost 40 SMEs continuously took part in the sessions. Of the SMEs, no less than eight were women entrepreneurs.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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