FCCISL, First National Chamber to Recognise Northern Entrepreneurship

The first ever northern provincial Award Ceremony was held on 9th November 2009 in the Weerasingham Hall Jaffna, organized by FCCISL and Yarlpanam Chamber under its’ flagship event, “Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year. Since the “Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Award” program has been aimed to accelerate the economic development through improving the entrepreneurship around the country it is an important landmark as it was held in Jaffna during the post war situation which is highly conducive for development of SMEs in north. This year, Sri Lanka Telecom and Peoples Leasing Company have come forward to join hands with FCCISL as to recognise the Sri Lankan Entrepreneurship. Sri Lanka Rupawahini Corporation is the Media Partner

“Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year awards” Program now in its 14th year, is organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) to honour Sri Lanka’s most outstanding entrepreneurs at Provincial and National level for their invaluable contribution towards the socio-economic development of the country and to bring them to the limelight and pave way for them to move forward.

Chief Gust of the ceremony was Hon. M. S. Saravanabava Commissioner Municipal Council Jaffna who deputised the Hon. Governor Northern Province Major General G. A. Chandrasiri. Message of the Governor highlighted that the “Development and Entrepreneurship goes hand in hand, as development can be seen and is gauged by the contribution made by the business community towards the socio – economic development of the country”.
Guest of Honour Kosala Wickramanayake President FCCISL addressing gathering said that objective of the program is to recognize, the Innovation, endeavour and the application towards reaching new horizons of excellence of the entrepreneurs, covering the entire country. Further he has indicated that the FCCISL marks a new dimension by awarding women entrepreneurs to encourage the female species to utilise their talent and ability not only for their own achievement but also for the national good.

Guest of Honour G. Patgunarajah, Secretary to the Hon. Mayor of Jaffna has graced the occasion. K. Pooranachandran President Yarlpanam has delivered the welcome speech, N. Nadarajah Manager Thinakkural Rest and the main sponsor of the program, S. T. S. Arulananthan Director, FCCISL and W. J. Soosairatnam Advisor Northern and Eastern Regional Chambers also spoke.

S. Sathiyaseelan, Proprietor, Rajah Cream House Jaffna was awarded with provincial silver awards where as K. Suntharalingam, Proprietor, Vesta Industries, Jaffna was given the provincial bronze award. FCCISL has given special business recognition awards to the entrepreneurs who have successfully operated their enterprises despite of all headships and difficulties that northern business have gone through during last three decades. Proprietors of Bamini Engineers & Constructor Jaffna, Kobithan, Garments in Vauvniya and Uthayam’s Spring Irrigation Agro Services in Vauvniya have been recognized under thus category.

Northern Province award ceremony was organized by Yarlpanam chamber Jointly with FCCISL and Chambers in Vavuniya and Mannar are to be congratulated for the unstinted support extended by them in all the stages of the competition.