New Business Resource Center opened in Vavuniya

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka: A large number of small business owners are to benefit from a resource center opened by the Vavuniya District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture, in Vavuniya District on 18 May 2012.

To realize the growth potential of the small and medium enterprises in the Northern Province, the FCCISL has embarked on a wide range of relevant capacity enhancement activities of the district chambers.

A significant step in this process is the establishment of a new Business Resource Center in Vavuniya. The new resource center will provide business development services, include to SMEs with a growth potential, effectively and efficiently.

Declaring the new center open, Mr. Joseph Connolly, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO’s Local Empowerment through Economic Development Project, funded by the Australian Government, said that there is a need to look at long term development for the Northern Province, creating local wealth, ensuring its equal distribution and facilitating strong partnerships with the public and the private sectors. Mr. Connolly mentioned that this opening of the resource center will be a key initiative to assist economic growth and sustainable employment creation in the district.

Board members, members and staff of the Vavuniya chamber participated at the opening ceremony. Addressing the gathering, Mr. A. Sabanathan, Senior Vice President of the Vavuniya chamber said that this business resource center will assist entrepreneurs in Vavuniya to fulfill their business development and business information needs.

FCCISL formed district chambers in Vavuniya and Kilinochchi Districts as the apex private sector organizations in the district to look after the interest of the private enterprises. These two chambers played a very effective role during the last few years with limited capacities, especially during time of tsunami and post-conflict. The chamber is also focusing on expanding its services to promote linkages between Northern and Southern businesses and also link northern businesses as suppliers, producers, contractors, and processors in value chains.