SLIM, as the National Body for Marketing in Sri Lanka, has recognised the importance of encouraging women to come forward and become equal stakeholders in leading the Economy into the future. Following this objective, the Leading Liyo Development Programme was launched in March, 2021 in collaboration with International Women’s Day. The programme aimed at empowering and guiding women leaders to take on corporate and leadership roles in their respective fields, either locally or on an international scale. The programme commenced on the 7th of August 2021 and concluded with a virtual certification ceremony on the 5th of September 2021, in which Ms. Himalee Madurasinghe, Director/ Country Head of Kantar Sri Lanka was the Guest Speaker and Ms. Debra Mosel, Deputy Mission Director USAID Sri Lanka and Maldives was present as a Special Guest to deliver a congratulatory statement from the Embassy of USA.
Recognising that Sri Lanka could add approximately 20 Billion US dollars to the GDP by 2025 simply by improving gender equality, as shown in a research by McKinsey & Company in 2018, Thilanka Abeywardena, President of SLIM,
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SLASSCOM as the nation’s catalyst for the IT/BPM industry, will be launching “The Professional Skills Program” which is the first of its kind to be launched in the country.
The programme is centred on the core concepts of Personal Growth, Communication & Relationships, Ethics, Leadership skills, Inclusivity, Team based skills, Remote Communication, Verbal & Written Communication, Presentation Mastery, Networking, Analytical skills, Learning Agility, Entrepreneurship skills and Creativity and Innovation, all of which will complement the technical skills acquired by the recipients.
Offered through the SLASSCOM Academy, a new venture of SLASSCOM, the first stage of the program is due to be launched soon. The absence of a national level Professional Skills Framework and the need to accelerate its implementation due to industry demand, lead SLASSCOM’s capacity forum setting up a team to define, enhance and rollout the topics and related course materials to develop the framework and the program.
Sri Lanka’s IT/ BPM workforce, Board Director and Head of the Capacity Forum at SLASSCOM, and the Executive Director and Technology Consulting Leader at PwC Nishan Mendis stated,” Sri Lanka’s IT/ BPM industry competes on the global stage not on the numbers we generate, but on the value we create. This is what we promise in our ‘Island of Ingenuity’ brand. By being a niche player and being small and nimble, a client working with a Sri Lankan organization will communicate with all its employees related to the relevant project.”