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Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Network owned and operated by 23 Regional Chambers of Commerce throughout Sri Lanka. A “bottom up” and “inclusive” regional platform to bring about regional empowerment, reconciliation, national unity and the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A “bottom up” lobby for needs and aspirations of regional Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), with capacity to understand and develop solutions for regional problems. Works with partners to deliver regional development programs, and promotes business as a means to bring about more prosperous and peaceable communities. Promotes Public-Private-People Partnerships and the People- Planet-Profit Business Model for Sustainable Development. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Started in 2002 as an informal network of influential members of the regional Chambers of Commerce, to create a platform for business to contribute towards the peace process, bringing advantage to both business and regional communities. Success of the network led to institutionalization of BPA in 2006, with a Secretariat being established in Colombo as a focal point for regional business. Incorporated in 2006 as a “Not for Profit” Company Limited by Guarantee under the Registrar of Companies of Sri Lanka. Exclusively governed by a Board of Directors from 23 Regional Chambers representing every province in Sri Lanka. Guided by several respected business leaders and professionals who voluntarily support BPA’s activities. Affiliated to 10 Colombo based Chambers and Associations. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
23 Board Members (Represented exclusively by nominees of the 23 Regional Chambers) 26 Regional Chambers 4 Women’s Chambers (Total regional representation over 15,000 enterprises) 10 Affiliate Members
Commerce (as represented by Regional Chambers) Peace Conflict transformation Conflict transformation Reconciliation Reconciliation Lobbying & advocacy Lobbying & advocacy Networking & sharing good practice Networking & sharing good practice Influencing & engaging stakeholders Influencing & engaging stakeholders Improving understanding & awareness Improving understanding & awareness Empowerment Empowerment Institutional capacity Institutional capacity Sustainability & funds Sustainability & funds Responsible investment Responsible investment Social entrepreneurship Social entrepreneurship Sustainable livelihoods Sustainable livelihoods Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance The People–Planet–Profit Model through Public–Private–People Partnerships
MediaGovernment Big Business, NGO’s & other Stakeholders Funding Bodies Raising Awareness Identifying New Development Influencing Policy Increasing Understanding Collating Information Developing Clusters Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance BPA Feedback Local Analysis Engagement Communication Relationship ProposalManagementDevelopment Local Partnerships Research Engagement Feedback Analysis Relationship Communication ManagementProposalDevelopment Conduit between national and regional policy makers, BPA complements the regions’ own efforts to bring about greater levels of empowerment and opportunity to the regions via the Chambers of Commerce. Voice of Regions Magazine Voice of Regions Magazine Regional Producers Directory Regional Producers Directory Promoting SME’s / BizPAct Promoting SME’s / BizPAct
Support & Engagement New Development Initiatives Policy Change Championing Change Sharing Best Practice Information & Support Funding Bodies Project Monitoring Management Communication Review Relationship Partnerships Management Feedback Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance ProjectDesign MediaGovernment Big Business, NGO’s & other Stakeholders Reconciliation Committees Reconciliation Committees Learn & Lead Learn & Lead Investment / BizPAct Investment / BizPAct Conduit between national and regional policy makers, BPA complements the regions’ own efforts to bring about greater levels of empowerment and opportunity to the regions via the Chambers of Commerce.
Reconciliation / Harmony Development Committees Networking Regional Business for Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation. Multi-stakeholder committees and business leadership for community harmony. Early warning system – prevention of conflict. Mitigate escalation of conflict. Workshops & Seminars on Best Practices in Peace Building – Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation. Community Peace Building activities - multi ethnic, multi- cultural, multi-religious events - festivals, trade fairs…. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Peace through Empowerment Peace & Conflict from a Regional Empowerment Perspective in Sri Lanka. Communication skills for better understanding. Increase awareness of conflict on the ground. Awareness of the need for sharing of power at regional level for regional empowerment. Stakeholder participation and ownership at local level. Awareness programs on issues such as the New Companies Act and the New Electricity Act. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Building the Capacity of Regions BPA runs best practice workshops involving representatives from all regions. Reconciliation among communities. Sharing experiences in income generation. Communication and presentation skills. Bridging the gap between the center and the regions for sustainable and equitable socio-economic development in the country. Inclusive participatory approach to develop regional level ownership and responsibility. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
BizPAct : Engagement with Investors & Policy Makers - Big business, the Diaspora and the Government A platform to allow big business and the diaspora to explore joint venture partnerships with regional SME’s in a context sensitive, responsible and sustainable manner. Diaspora to develop a stronger understanding of the context in Sri Lanka’s regions and help dispel some of the polarised perspectives of this influential community. SME’s, Investors, and policy makers to understand the needs and aspirations of each other and engage in socially and environmentally sound, responsible and sustainable investments that benefit all. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Learn & Lead: Empowering Youth - Leadership A multi-stakeholder CSR initiative implemented by BPA with the support of an imminent National Steering Committee. Understanding regional youth aspirations and providing opportunities for developing future leaders from the regions. Scholarship scheme for deserving students from regions affected by conflict and poverty to obtain a comprehensive education in leading private schools. Leadership skills development workshops in a multi-ethnic environment for youth in the regions. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL): Strategic Alliance – Entrepreneurship Development Strategic Partnership with YESL to develop BizPAct entrepreneurs. Provide support to uplift and assist Regional Small & Medium Entrepreneurs (SME’s) in Sri Lanka to develop their enterprises. Conduct workshops and SWOT analysis for SME’s, and site visits to share experience of successful projects. Training for the SME’s to prepare Business Plans, and Trade & Market Development Plans. YESL partnered BPA at the “BizPAct - Invest in Sri Lanka Symposium 2009” which was attended by over 200 participants. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL): Empowering Youth - Entrepreneurship A CSR initiative in support of Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka. Promoting investment in our youth and the future of our nation through youth entrepreneurship programs in regional schools. Sharing best practices and knowledge between established business and young entrepreneurs. Fostering unity and harmony (and reconciliation) among youth. Promoting Social & Environmental Stewardship and the “People- Planet-Profit” Business Model. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL): Strategic Partner - Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) A worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people promoting entrepreneurship. 25,000 events, millions of participants, 1 week. Mentoring Madness, Global Innovation Tournament, Global Cleantech Competition, Speed Network the Globe. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL): Empowering Disadvantaged Youth Collaboration with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for the country wide expansion of the Hambantota Youth Business Trust (HYBT) of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce. Implemented in 32 countries and modeled after the Youth Business International of UK, to address socio-economic exclusion of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Provision of financial support to those who have a viable business idea, to start up such enterprises and to provide business support through Regional Chambers of Commerce and specifically through a business mentor. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET): Strategic Alliance – Empowering SME’s in Responsible Tourism Regional Chambers as a focal point for local tourism development. Institutional development and organization of the SME’s in tourism (largely an informal sector operating in isolation at this time). Conducting seminars and workshops for product development, quality assurance and sharing best practices in responsible tourism. Lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the SME’s in responsible tourism. Stakeholder awareness and familiarization tours. Managing expectations and impacts, and promoting Responsible Tourism where benefits are shared equitably with local communities. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Business for Unity Awards Rewarding business for contribution to National Unity The “Business for Unity Awards” ceremony organized by the Central Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of International Alert and BPA. Paying tribute to regional business leaders for their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and their personal contribution to foster unity amongst diverse ethnic and social groups in their communities and the country. Respected and qualified persons act in an independent panel of judges to select the winners through a transparent and credible process. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Advocacy between the top and the bottom Voice of Regions Newsletter. Media and internet. Symposia and workshops island wide. Affiliation with Big Business and Policy Makers. Understanding the New Companies Act and Electricity Act. Understanding Labor laws and Taxation. Submitting Proposals for Constitutional Reforms. Submitting Proposals for National Budget. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Rebuilding Sri Lanka - Post War Action & CSR Support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s). Assistance to hospitals. Supply of essential items to camps. Support to women and children in camps. Livelihood development for future. Language for livelihood. Re-integration of ex-combatants - transform ex-combatants into entrepreneurs - business skills, linking with chambers and mentoring by senior regional businessmen. Learn and Lead scholarships. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Promoting Small & Medium Enterprises (SME’s) Strengthening links with local and national media to promote regional SME’s through print and electronic media. Regional Producers Directory – publication of profiles of regional businesses across Sri Lanka. Responsible tourism development programs in collaboration with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET). Investment promotion through programs such as BizPAct. Entrepreneur development programs in collaboration with Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL). Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Fundraising to develop and maintain the Secretariat. Staff mostly regional – Need to develop communication skills and gain exposure to high level local and international stakeholders. 23 Directors of the Board – Scattered all over the country, financial and time commitments to own districts and chambers, lack of expertise, experience and sophistication to engage appropriately with national policy makers and high level stakeholders. Maintaining Public, Private, People partnerships. Keeping island wide network and stakeholders actively informed and engaged – Communication. Income generating programs – Need seed money to develop self sustaining business models for BizPAct, Voice of Regions Newsletter/Magazine, and the Chamber/business support /extension services. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Regional Empowerment: Bringing ownership and active participation in regional development by the people of the regions while giving space for these entrepreneurs to develop confidence in their own capacity. Creating responsible leaders and stakeholders of society with the capacity to change attitudes conducive for sustainable development and peace. Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation: Social cohesion through commerce to break through barriers of geography, race, religion, class, caste and creed for a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka. Philanthropy and CSR: Going beyond charity to create “social value” - giving a “hand-up” as opposed to a hand-out. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
1. Ampara District Chamber of Commerce & Industry 2. Anuradapura District Chamber of Commerce 3. Batticaloa District Chamber of Commerce & Industry 4. Central Province Women's Chamber of Small Industry & Commerce 5. Chamber of Commerce & Industries of Yarlpanam 6. Chamber of Commerce & Industry Central Province 7. Chamber of Commerce & Industry Uva Province 8. Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Trincomalee District 9. Galle District Chamber of Commerce & Industry 10. Galle District Women’s Chamber of Commerce 11. Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce 12. Jaffna Chamber of Commerce 13. Kalutara District Chamber of Commerce & Industry 14. Kegalle District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture 15. Kurunegala District Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agri Business 16. Killinochchi District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture 17. Mannar District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture 18. Matale District Chamber of Commerce & Industry 19. Matara District Chamber of Commerce & Industry 20. Matara District Women's Chamber of Commerce 21. Moneragala District Chamber of Commerce 22. Mullaitivu District Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture 23. Polonnaruwa District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture 24. Puttalam District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agri Business 25. Sabaragamuwa Province Chamber of Commerce & Industry 26. Vavuniya District Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture 27. Wayamba Chamber of Commerce and Industry Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
1. Maharaja Organization 2. Wijeya Newspapers 3. Young Asia Television 4. Smart Media 5. Triad 6. Lanka Orix Finance Company 7. HSBC Bank 8. Lanka Fishing Flies Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance LANKA FISHING FLIES
1. The Ministry of Disaster Management 2. The Ministry of Investment Promotion 3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs 4. The Ministry of Finance 5. The Central Bank 6. The Board of Investment (BOI) 7. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) 8. National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
1. American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka 2. Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka 3. Ceylon Chamber of Commerce 4. Employers Federation of Ceylon 5. European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka 6. National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka 7. Neelan Thiruchelvam Trust 8. Pathfinder Foundation 9. Sewa Lanka Foundation 10. Sri Lanka Business Development Center 11. Sri Lanka First 12. Sri Lanka Unites 13. Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
1. International Alert 2. UNDP 3. VSO 4. USAID 5. VEGA 6. The Netherlands Embassy Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
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