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Entreprenuership Development Institute of India (EDI) Officials visits Tsunami Affected areas.

Two faculty members from the EDI arrived in Sri lanka on th August to meet with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Tsunami affected areas and to meet the affected entreprenuers to have an interaction with them for the pirpose of preparing a project report for Economic Rehablitiation of Tsunami affected micro, small and Medium entreprses (MSMEs) and promotion of livilihood activities.

With the Galle Chamber the had discussions with the Board members and some of the affected entrprenuers. They also visited lace making and jewellery making industires within the Galle District and had discussions with them.

Their next visit was to the Hambantota Chamber there the visited several entreprenuers; a garage Super market, Service station Motor Spare Part shop and met with some fisherman affected by Tsunami and collected information from them.

In Ampara Handloom, poultry and also inspected the coastal area at Kalmunai. Affected entreprenuers showed their expreience and talked about the losses they had sustained. The coir industry, Toursist Hotels and the Coir industry in Batticaloa were visited next. They also had a chance to speak to those in temporary camps; they were able to see the incovienience and get first hand information on the spot.

The president ot the Batticaloa chamber of Commerce & Industry welcomed the EDI officials and explained in detail about Batticaloa. This was an area that was first affected by a cyclone in 1977, and then affected by the enthnic war for the last 20 years and again now by tsunami and that the people have lost almost all wha t they had. At the meeting Board members, Bank officials NGO officials were present.

Lastly the EDI officials had talks with FCCISL officials and other partner organisations of the FCCISL including Comptetive based Economies through the Formations of Entreprises (CEFE), Shell Live Wire, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Development (SMED), and Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB).

The team of experts from Ahmedabad left Sri Lanka on the promise to develop sltrtegies and methodologies by using thier current EDP’s to suit the ground situation in Sri lanka.