Openning of computer lab at FCCISL
Openning of Computer Lab at FCCISL
Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) recently set up a new computer lab at its office with the assistance of the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka. This new computer lab was declared open by His Excellency Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain, the Pakistan High Commissioner in Sri Lanka on 28th July 2016. The Pakistan High Commission has donated 15 desktops, 05 laptops, together with printers and scanners etc. FCCISL, the apex body of chambers and business associations in Sri Lanka is planning to conduct Certificate Course in Computer Applications for Youth Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, His Excellency Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said, that he is pleased to contribute to the human capital development and promotion of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka through this initiative. He further stated that he appreciates the role of FCCISL in promoting bilateral trade and investment between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The High Commissioner said that he is thankful to FCCISL for organizing “Workshop on Family Business and Entrepreneurship” which was held on 26th – 28th May in collaboration with AMAN Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Pakistan. Two resource persons from AMAN Centre for Entrepreneurial Development conducted the workshop where 08 Pakistan entrepreneurs participated along with around 20 participants from Sri Lanka.
FCCISL President, Mr. Sarath Kahapalaarachchi said that he is grateful to the Pakistan Government and the High Commission for supporting FCCISL to set up a computer lab which is a long felt need of the “Federation House”. Further, he mentioned that, FCCISL is now capable of providing ICT training for around 20 students at a time. He pointed out that according to the statistics compiled by central bank, unemployment among the age group of 20 – 24 and 25 – 29 is very high and hence we need to address this issue of youth unemployment immediately. Speaking further, Mr. Kahapalaarachchi mentioned that FCCISL is now in a position to fulfil their dream of setting up an Institute for Entrepreneurship Development in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ajith D. Perera (Secretary General – FCCISL), Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra (Deputy High Commissioner) Mr. Rohitha Thilakaratne (President, Sri Lanka – Pakistan Business Council) and Mr. Iftikhar Aziz (President – Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association) and board of directors of FCCISL, also participated at this event.