Business News from Sri Lanka: The efforts of the Ceylon Commercial Bank to enhance financial literacy among micro-entrepreneurs recently reached Angunakolapelessa in the district of Hambantota, when the Bank, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Central Bank, held a seminar for growers of vegetables, paddy and maize in the area.
Keerthi Dunuwila, Senior Assistant Director of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank, who is an experienced speaker on financial literacy and business development, was the resource person for the program. The program was attended by Sri Saranatissa Society President, N. Wannigama, Development Credit Department Manager of Commercial Bank, Malika De Silva, Bank’s Ambalantota Branch Manager, M.I. Priyankara, and other Bank officials.
Commercial Bank has been conducting awareness programs for micro-entrepreneurs in various business sectors over the past seven years in many parts of the country and has helped over 8,000 entrepreneurs through this series to date.
These programs are supported by the 16 Agriculture and Micro Finance Units of the Bank, which play a key role in helping the Bank identify specific needs of entrepreneurs who need assistance in either developing their farming or micro-business activities. These units are dedicated to promoting loans and microfinance for agriculture.
The Agriculture and Micro Finance Units of Commercial Bank (AMFU) are in Ratnapura, Narammala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Bandarawela, Wellawaya, Hingurakgoda, Galewela, Achchuveli, Vavuniya, Kattankudy, Tissamaharama, Neluwa, Pottuvil and Akkaraipattu.