SLID Company Directors’ Course ends successfully
The Company Directors Course spearheaded by the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sri Lanka
Institute of Directors (SLID) ended on a successful note with the two
day non-residential program drawing praise for the broad spectrum of
topics covered in the unique course.
The well received course held on February 10 and 11 at the Cinnamon
Grand, Colombo saw a highly esteemed audience of 48 participants who
were given a detailed peak into the aspects of a director’s role
including on the topics of governance, compliance, finances, strategy
risk and the general legal environment.
The participants which included senior corporate leaders in the
country were full of praise of the comprehensive course which covered
six modules. The interactive program was infused with the participation
of a very well respected resource group comprising President’s Counsel
Dr Harsha Cabraal, Independent Consultant Ranjith Fernando, Partner,
KPMG Ford Rhodes Thornton and Co. Suren Rajakarier, Ceylon Chamber of
Commerce Former Chairman and retired Territory Senior Partner Chandra
Jayaratne, PricewaterhouseCoopers and former Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Deva Rodrigo.
Asia Capital PLC Director Ranjith Pereira, who participated in the
course, was particularly impressed by the training session led by Dr
Cabraal. “This was a really good training session and so was the session
on the Strategic Role of Directors. Usually, you don’t get this kind of
informative training locally and one has to go abroad to listen to such
high-end presentations,” Pereira said.
He emphasized that the course was so gripping and of such high
standards that he did not even want to get up from his seat for a break
during any of the sessions.
Associated Motorways (Pvt) Ltd. Finance Director Dilani Yatawaka was
particularly impressed in the manner the resource personnel unfolded
their corporate experiences. “It was very interesting listening to real
life experiences of very senior corporate directors. Normally, I walk
out half way through training programs, but here, I was very interested
and yearned to know more,” she said.
Yatawaka also found the interactions with the resource personnel
particularly helpful as it made the course so much more attractive
rather than just only listening to presentations sans any discussions.
“I also particularly enjoyed the SLID evening panel discussion on
Contemporary Views on corporate governance.
Listening to presenters who were very senior directors made the
session worthwhile unlike often being limited to a mere PowerPoint
presentation,” she said. Epic Lanka (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Nayana Dehigama
termed the course as ‘fantastic’. “The sessions were full of information
and were able to reach smaller companies such as ours. This has indeed
been a very useful training for us,” he said.
According to Richardsons Project (Pvt) Ltd Director Azmeth Caffoor,
the course was well worth its investment. “It was a course packed with
so much information from the companies act, a director’s
responsibilities, and business ethics among a series of other useful
topics. We have obtained the full value for our investment,” he said.
The six modules covered in the course included the Role of the
Directors and Board, introduction to Board Meetings, Governance and
improving Board effectiveness, assessing company performance for
directors, introduction to the strategic role of the director, Business
ethics for Directors and Organizational risk - Issues for Directors