Ceylon Chamber Academy and Facebook webinar on use of digital platforms for SMEs
The spread of COVID-19 has led to a global health and economic crisis, and caused unprecedented changes to the way consumers and businesses interact on a daily basis.
To combat the pandemic, many governments have imposed lockdown measures that have forced businesses to suspend physical operations and consumers to stay home. In the presence of these social distancing restrictions the world over, digital tools, including social media and online messaging apps, have enabled consumers to engage and communicate with businesses.
Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) have faced significant challenges in 2020. Survey reports covering 4,300 SMBs around 17 countries have illustrated how SMBs have adapted to the new challenges, with a particular focus on the new growing role of digital tools in interacting with their customers.
Despite the developments, a lack of digital knowledge is seen as a key ongoing barrier for SMBs. Helping businesses to overcome these barriers and promote the use of digital tools will require collaboration between policymakers, digital tool providers and the businesses themselves.
This interactive virtual session can help demonstrate and learn how small and medium-sized businesses are adopting new digital tools for growth. The session will be followed by the launch of ‘Digital Tools in Crisis and Recovery – Consumer & SMB Reports’ by Deloitte, in partnership with Facebook.
The opening remarks for the session will be by State Minister of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development Shehan Semasinghe, followed by a panel discussion with LIRNEasia Chief Executive Officer Helani Galpaya, ICTA Chairman Jayantha De Silva, and Facebook Policy Programs Manager Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama. The session will be moderated by Advocata Institute Chief Operating Officer Dhananath Fernando. The webinar will commence at 10:30 am on Wednesday, 11 November. To register, please email [email protected].