Business Continuity Management Training for Government Officers working with MSMEs in Ratnapura and Kalutara Districts

The first training programme will be held in the Kalutara district targeting government officers who work with the MSME sector. The two day programme will be held on the 10th and 14th of December in the Garden Beach Hotel, Kalutara.

In 2018, Sri Lanka was ranked the second most vulnerable country to impacts of climate change. A principle reason was the loss caused to properties and the goods and services sector at a local level.

Losses from natural disasters have ripple effects, affecting entrepreneurs and employees who depend on these enterprises for their livelihoods. In the districts of Ratnapura and Kalutara, frequent floods disrupt the continuous operation of MSMEs, thus jeopardizing local economic growth and job creation.
Sri Lanka’s enterprise sector contributes extensively to its economy. However, constant risk from natural disasters affect the business continuity of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), posing a grave threat to their financial survival.

The International Labour Organization, with financial support from the Japanese Government under the ILO-Japan multi-bilateral programme, is assisting Sri Lanka strengthen its resilience to climate change driven disasters by conducting capacity building programmes in Ratnapura and Kalutara districts.
The capacity building programmes will focus on business continuity management, helping MSMSEs reduce the economic impacts of floods and build business resilience.

The first training programme will be held in the Kalutara district, targeting government officers who work with the MSME sector. The two-day programme will be held on 10 and 11 December at Garden Beach Hotel, Kalutara. The training will enable officers to develop business continuity plans, enhance their knowledge on access to insurance covers and stock management during the high flood risk seasons as well as encourage other mechanisms of increased disaster preparedness.

The training programme for Ratnapura district will take place on 13 and 14 December, 2018 at the Menerigama Training Centre in Kuruwita, Ratnapura. Additional training on increased flood resilience mechanisms targeted directly at entrepreneurs and MSME business owners, will be rolled out in January 2019.

The project is funded by the Government of Japan and is implemented by the ILO in collaboration with the District Secretariats of Kalutara and Ratnapura, Disaster Management Centre and Ministry of Industries.