The USAID-funded CORE Project, in collaboration with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, is organising a two day workshop for SMEs in Colombo on August 16-17.
The workshop is aimed at assisting the SMEs to increase their quality and in turn competitiveness of their products and services relating to the dairy, fisheries, and horticulture sectors, the chamber said. Since competitiveness is intimately linked with quality and market requirements, it would help these businesses understand the gaps in quality and help further improve their products and services.
At the workshop, internationally recognized experts will present information, for these sectors to identify with the standards required to expand on a global scale. Industries in Sri Lanka, with the application and certification in compliance with international standards could easily gain the competitive edge needed to penetrate such markets, the chamber said.
Local experts will also work hand in hand with the international experts in areas of Sri Lanka Food Safety and Plant/Animal Health Standards.
Specific sessions will cover industry topics such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other fisheries standards, Pasteurized Milk ordinance (PMO) and other dairy standards, ISO/22000/HACCP/GMP, Organic/GAP/EUREPGAP/Fair Trade, etc. An introduction to SLS will also be covered for the benefit of those who are interested in beginning with locally applicable standards.