USD100mn from ADB to strengthen SME sector in Sri Lanka

Dec 10, 2015 (LBO) – The cabinet nod has been given to a 100 million US dollar project to strengthen the Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneur field in Sri Lanka.

The project will be funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The cabinet has also approved to draft a new bill to facilitate Secured Transactions instead of the existing act to cater to the present needs.

The Secured Transactions Act No 49 of 2009 was adopted with the view of facilitating small and medium scale entrepreneurs to obtain loans from banks and financial institutions by providing mobile assets such as machinery as securities in case they do not have any fixed assets.

However, with issues raised in implementing several provisions of the act its expected objectives could not be fulfilled.