NCCSL to lobby EU to achieve GSP+
The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will lobby the EU to
continue the GSP+ this year irrespective of the vulnerability of loosing
it, said National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) President, C
Lal de Alwis.
He was speaking at the National Business Excellence Awards 2009 (NBEA),
which was held consecutively sixth year at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday.
The awards were launched in 2004 to recognize the successful business
community who rendered service to Sri Lanka and benchmark them by
evaluating the performance through a set of stringent criteria adopted
by an independent panel of judges.
He said the Government alone cannot solve all the problems; the
private sector must play a pivotal role and help in the country's
The conducive environment will help expand business throughout the
country and encourage the local entrepreneur to launch new initiatives
and reach the global business arena.
Eligible performers in the private business sector should be
recognized and given a self-evaluation to identify in which position
they are in the local and global spheres of business, said de Alwis.
The objective of the competition was to benchmark and reward the
contributions made by business enterprises for the country's economic
progress and to recognize enterprises that have created a capacity for
economic growth and employment generation. The NBEA is a unique national
awards scheme as it evaluates the overall performance of a company and
selects the cream of the business in the country for awards, said the
Chairman of the Panel of judges, Director-PIM, Dr. Uditha Liyanage.
The theme of the ceremony was 'Excellence is the pinnacle of
The principal sponsor and Guest of honour was Sri Lanka Telecom
Mobitel Chairperson, Mrs Leisha de Silva Chandrasena.