Minister Mahinda Yapa addressed at the FCCISL, KEY PERSON’S FORUM in Bandarawela

Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED), the technical arm of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) presented its succeeding high-level policy forum ‘The Key Persons Forum’ at Hotel Lion Inn, Bandarawela on Saturday, 27th October from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. The forum addressed by Hon. Mahida Yapa Abeywardena, Minsiter of Agriculture and Agrarian Services on “Agro ways of Industrial Development through Agriculture”. This forum was organized by the SMED of FCCISL in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Uva Province. The Asia Foundation under its Local Economic Governance Program, which is funded by the Australian International Agency for Development (AusAID), supports the FCCISL to conduct KPF in regions.

With objective of bridging the gap between informed entrepreneurship and the policy practitioners the FCCISL expands it horizon in to the under privilege areas of regional level. In this context the forum was conducted on agriculture sector policy platform in Badulla District considering the priorities of agriculture sector development in the region. The forum held in Bandarawela led by the Minister, high officials from FCCISL, President, Senior Vice President, CEO and President of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Uva Province and Senior Technical Adviser and Programmer Officer from the Asia Foundation.

The Key Persons Forum was commenced in 2006 by FCCISL as a part of the business and public awareness effort on issues pertaining to business, economy and the society. The forum provides a platform for eminent persons in responsible with expertise knowledge and or decision making powers to discuss and share experiences on policy perspectives on a face-to-face basis which takes up a wide range of topics. The organizer, SMED of FCCISL was established in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) of Germany in 1989. FNF supported to conduct KPF for about one decade.

This forum was intended to target farmers, entrepreneurs from agriculture sector, corporate heads, bankers, consultants, researchers, professionals, academics and general public. The forum provided the opportunity for the audience to interact with the minister after a brief address by the minister. Subsequently the floor opened for questions from the audience.