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Presentation by Chumley Gunaseela BizPAct Project Chairman Director, Business for Peace Alliance Past President, Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
BPA is made up of 25 Chambers of Commerce from every Province in Sri Lanka and brings together over 15,000 Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME’s) islandwide. As members of the regional business community, we are united in our efforts to contribute to a “bottom-up” approach to regional development. We promote unity amongst the diverse groups in our country so that trade and industry can flourish. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Knowledge of the practical aspects of doing business in our regions. Aware of the needs and aspirations of our communities. Aware of the opportunities and the resources available in our regions. Make optimum out of the business development opportunities in the regions. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
BizPAct (Business-Peace-Action) is a long term program of the Business for Peace Alliance (BPA). Purpose of BizPAct is to encourage regional socio- economic development that is both context sensitive and also takes account of Corporate Social Responsibility considerations. BizPAct has run as a pilot project for one year. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
The project has developed processes to encourage regional entrepreneurs to write business concept papers and to provide an initial evaluation of these concepts. The BizPAct website (www.BizPAct.org) is being developed as a clearing house for investment opportunities and investors requests for proposals.www.BizPAct.org Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Introducing the concept of investing in the regions through joint ventures with SME’s for equitable and sustainable socio-economic development throughout Sri Lanka. Understanding expectations and capacities of regional SME’s. Understanding expectations of the diaspora and other investors. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Many local and foreign investors have forged relationships with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Regional SME’s. Two participants from UK signed deals with partners within a week of the June Symposium. A participant from the Sri Lankan diaspora in the USA has partnered BPA by providing a grant to expand our project on “Networking Business for Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation”. Business – Peace - Action Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Bridges to be built between the expectations of the large scale investors, including the diaspora and the capacity of regional entrepreneurs. Regional business needs greater exposure of global trends. Need to develop greater levels of professionalism. Need a “hand up” as opposed to “hand out”. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Collaborative joint venture partnerships result in mutual benefits for the regional entrepreneurs and the investors. Investors will get first hand insights into the ground realities and gain a “buy in” of the local communities. Practical support to face regional challenges successfully. Through such partnerships, regional entrepreneurs will enhance their skills and develop greater levels of professionalism. Business – Peace - Action Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance
Jaffna was chosen as the venue for the “BizPAct Investment Forum” due to the great interest that has emerged in investing in the North and East. The programme focus is on responsible socio- economic development opportunities for small and medium enterprises. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
The Jaffna Chamber of Commerce and the Yarlpanam Chamber of Commerce and Industry have made tireless efforts in organising the ground arrangements for this event. Due to their enthusiasm and support this event is a reality. These Chambers have also gathered local stakeholders and members of the local business community to bring “bottom-up” information and discussion to this Forum. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Representatives of the business community in Jaffna, members of the Yarlpanam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce. Investors (local and foreign) who want to explore the opportunities that are opening up in the regions of Sri Lanka. Members of the Sri Lankan Diaspora who wish to invest in their home country. Investment advisers who need to assess the opportunities in SME development in the regions. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Government officials involved in promoting investment in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Members of the regional business community in Sri Lanka. Representatives from Colombo based Chambers. Members of civil society organisations that are involved in supporting the socio-economic development in Sri Lanka. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Employers Federation of Ceylon National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka European Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka International Alert UNDP IOM Lanka Orix Finance Company Ltd Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC Lanka Fishing Flies (Pvt) Ltd Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
MTV Channel MBC (Pvt) Ltd Wijeya Newspapers Ltd Express Newspapers Ltd Jaffna Press Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Enterprise Steering Committee: High level representatives of the private, public and international sectors. BPA Secretariat: Small team of very dedicated staff have put in colossal effort to organize this event. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Responsible and meaningful partnerships between all BizPAct participants - members of the Jaffna community and participants from all parts of Sri Lanka and abroad. Milestone in a long term relationship. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Pledge to be context sensitive and responsible. Pledge to join hands with the BPA and our Regional Chambers, to work together to bring sustainable peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka. Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
Copyright 2010 © The Business for Peace Alliance Business – Peace - Action
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