In keeping with its promise to make the institute more inclusive, the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) took its ‘governance; message to the capital of the Central Province, Kandy, through a seminar on ‘Doing Business Responsibly’.
The seminar was organised in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Central Province (CCICP) and was held at the Hotel Suisse on 30 September 2011.
The seminar attracted over 100 keen and enthusiastic, participants representing a wide range of businesses and organisations in the Central Province.
Governor of the Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa in delivering a short address urged the business community in the Central Province to act responsibly and contribute to the economic development of the country.
Welcome addresses were also made by Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Central Province President Anuruddha Warnakula and Sri Lanka Institute of Directors President Ronnie Peiris.
The presenters at the seminar were Indira Nanayakkara (Head of the Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, Colombo University), who spoke in general about the company as a legal entity and the minimum requirements to be complied with; Gunaratne Dissanayake (Senior Partner KPMG Kandy), who covered the minimum requirements expected of a business from accounting and tax angles; Jayantha Ratnayake (Plant Manager, Holcim Puttalam Cement Plant, Holcim Lanka Ltd); and Yukthi Gunasekera, Head of Corporate Communications, John Keells Holdings PLC, who spoke about the importance of sustainability development and corporate social responsibility.
Following the presentation, the participants posed a variety of questions and these were responded to by the presenters. Buoyed by the keenness shown by the participants in Kandy, SLID plans to take the ‘governance’ message to other parts of the country in an even more aggressive manner.