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The Chairman of the National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PUM Netherlands. With this move, PUM representative for Sri Lanka S P C Kumarasinghe says this could add value to NEDA’s efforts to upgrade local SMEs by providing West European technology and training from the Netherlands.

The agreement, which had the blessings of Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen was signed by the Chairman of NEDA, Omar Zuraik Kamil in the presence of NEDA Director Lakshman Wijewardena, PUM Country Coordinator, Cees van Dijl, PUM representative for Sri Lanka S P C Kumarasinghe.

“PUM agreed to provide Senior Experts from the Netherlands with over 30 years of experience in their field of expertise. PUM data base contains over 3000 CVs of experts belonging to 70 sectors of Industries and Agricultural Enterprises.  PUM pays for the international Travel & insurance of the expert. The requesting industries only have to provide accommodation, food and local transport of the expert who will advise the industry on a voluntary basis,” a statement from NEDA said.

NEDA with its development officers located at 33 divisions throughout the country stimulates growth, expansion and development ofSMEs by encouraging, promoting and facilitating small and medium enterprises.  This has a very positive effect on the economyof Sri Lanka.