(Continued from Saturday)

Collaborations with professional institutes

With a view to developing business opportunities for the MSME sector and the corporate sector, the Chamber has signed MoUs with the Association of Chartered Chartered Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA Society) Sri Lanka.

National Business Excellence Awards 2021

The most anticipated business referral program, the 2021 National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA), launched on November 16, 2021. The Chamber has launched a new approach to structuring the content of the NBEA app to capture current trends that shape industries and businesses around the world. with a greater focus on ensuring long-term sustainability through the environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives necessary to create long-term value for all, not just the select few.

The final event is scheduled for February/March 2022 and will take place in compliance with all health regulations. It is very encouraging to receive more than 100 entries for the competition.

Sustainable Development Goals

As the nation’s premier chamber for business development, NCCSL’s focus on business sustainability has steadily increased over the years. Its services to members and businesses, particularly in the micro, small and medium sectors, have an unmistakable connotation of sustainable development, with a strong emphasis on inclusivity, diversity and equality. Intrinsically, the National Chamber of Commerce is responsible for developing businesses to reach their potential, while integrating an awareness of social development and environmental sustainability into organizational actions, values ​​and goals.

We embarked on a journey emphasizing the Sustainable Development Goals, among others, quality education – ensuring inclusive and quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all, l gender equality – achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, reducing inequalities – reducing inequality within and between Sri Lanka, and Partnership for the Goals – Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.

Go forward

All of our activities over the past year and going forward this year will also be based on our vision to be the country’s leading source of business services and support for the promotion of domestic and foreign trade with special emphasis on the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. We will strive to ensure that our strategies and activities also progress to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and champion diversity, inclusiveness and equality in creating long-term value for all in society, building power through unity.

In order to enlighten stakeholders, I would like to briefly elaborate on our planned activities in the near future.

The NCCSL plans to join an international webinar on “Connecting South Asia to Global Markets through Hong Kong”, jointly organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Indian Industry (FICCI), Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) on February 10, 2022.

We will be working with the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) organized by the Roscongress Foundation in Russia in June 2022, which is one of the largest events of this nature in the world.

The NCCSL plans to physically relaunch the Meet the Ambassador initiative which we were unable to continue due to the pandemic, however, there are plans to restart the event in order to facilitate trade, exports and investment.

In addition, we are expecting trade and investment delegations from the Sultanate of Oman and Bangladesh in the near future to facilitate trade, export and investment opportunities between our nations.

In addition, the NCCSL plans to launch a Sinhala and Tamil language entrepreneurship development program across the island to improve skills required for doing business, planning business, finding markets and finance, improving the tax knowledge and financial literacy of our SMEs.

I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all officers, board members and the NCCSL team led by CEO/Secretary General Bandula Dissanayake; without your immense support, NCCSL would not have achieved success in all the activities in which we have engaged.

Thank you.