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Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012 – Platinum Award

Mr. Nayana Dehigama, Managing Director of Epic Lanka (Pvt) Ltd who the Platinum winner of the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012, is celebrating his victory. Nayana Dehigama is the Chairman/ Managing Director of EPIC Lanka Group, the renowned ICT solutions provider in Sri Lanka. EPIC Lanka is a technology leader in providing e-security and e-payment solutions to corporate organizations in Sri Lanka and the region. Mr. Sujeewa Palliyaguruge, Chairman, Senani Holdings secured the National Gold award.

The accolade was presented at magnanimous awards ceremony at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla on 11th December. The awards ceremony, which was attended by more than 600 people, was organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). The ceremony was graced by Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, MP, Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Shashindra Rajapaksa, Chief Minister of Uva Province, Mr. Tissa Attanayake, Member of Parliament and General Secretary of UNP, Mr. Anura Siriwardene, Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Janaka Ratnayake, Chairman & Chief Executive, Export Development Board, Mr. N. M. Shahied, Chairman, National Enterprise Development Authority. Among the BODs and officials participated from FCCISL are Mr. Kumar Mallimaratchi, President, Mr.Ajith Wattuhewa, Senior. Vice President, Mr. W.K.H Wegapitiya, Vice President, Mr.Nalin Attygalle, CEO/NPD, Mr.Patrick Amarasinghe, Past President and Founder of the Program. The ceremony took part by a distinguished gathering of Diplomatic Missions, Member Chambers of FCCISL, leading business organizations and senior Officials from Government Institutions. A dance, music and drum performances added glamour to the event and concluded with a fellowship and a lavish dinner.

Over the past sixteen years, the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, is adhering to its vision of recognizing and rewarding of business excellence in Sri Lanka has created the ideal platform to reward Sri Lanka’s entrepreneurs nationwide. The Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is the ultimate accolade one can achieve as a Sri Lankan entrepreneur. The event is organized in association with FCCISL 57 member chambers and associations.

This year awards caps a momentous year for the competition, as it records the highest numbers of awards bestowed at the regional and national levels. It is for the 17th year, the award is taken place and the number of the applicants, eligible entries, number of awards given and the competition have sphere up. The event amalgamates two new award categories in 2012, Emerging Women Entrepreneur in North and East and Differently Abled Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Emerging Women Entrepreneur in North and East recognizes small women entrepreneurs who create a successful movement of women’s entrepreneurship and makes people aware of the incredible contributions made by women for the development in economy of the North and East. The Differently Abaled Entrepreneur recognizes highly motivated entrepreneurs who achieve their set goals by working beyond physical and emotional barriers.

It is noted that a comprehensive evaluation process applied to assess the different aspects of the entrepreneurship qualities. The expertly structured evaluation process which explicit competitive edge of each candidate was to be the underpinning factor for marginalising any disparities and allowing the deserving candidate to win.The unique facet of the Entrepreneur Award is that it allows entrepreneurs from different sectors, geographic locations, magnitudes, sizes, legitimacy to compete with each other on a level playing field. Candidates from diverse nature of businesses from the high level exporters, importers who are engaged in delivering value addition products and services, service providers, industrialists to differently-abled entrepreneurs where most of them are living and running their business in the hinterlands, to emerging women entrepreneurs in North and East.

The sponsors of the event are, Dialog Axiata PLC, the Platinum Sponsor, Janashakthi Insurance, the Gold Sponsor, Bank of Ceylon, the Silver Sponsor, the International Partner-People Like Us Organization, European Union and Oxfam GB. Mr. Jeremy Huxtable, Chief Officer, Dialog Enterprise, Dialog Axiata PLC, Mr. Prakash Schaffter, MD, Janashakthi Insurance PLC, Ms.Shehara De Silva, GM – Marketing and Sales, Mr. D. M Gunesekara, DGM – Retail Banking, Bank of Ceylon, Mr. Davis Lamberti, Country Desk Peoples Like Us, Mr Paul Joicey, Country Director, Oxfam GB, Ms. Roxanne Abdulali EU Programme Manager graced the ceremony. The generous support of these organizations immensely benefited to conduct this type of a magnitude awards ceremony. Also to name the partners, Wijeya Newspapers, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Thinakkural, V FM, Randesa Magazine, 5th Elephant, AV Production and Elephant House .

The Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012 set an ideal ground for the best of the best to compete in and emerge as the lifeblood of Sri Lankan economy.