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Rekindling the entrepreneurship culture

Senaka De Silva Pictures by Shan Rambukwella
Senaka De Silva Pictures by Shan Rambukwella

The third phase of Enterprise Sri Lanka National Exhibition series will be held in Jaffna from September 7 to 10 at the Mutraveli Grounds (in front of the Jaffna Dutch Fort).

Exhibition Series specifically focuses on rekindling the entrepreneurship culture and spirit in Sri Lanka that had once prevailed in ancient times. The first two Exhibitions were held in Monaragala in August 2018, and in Anuradhapura in July 2019.

This being the first national exhibition being held in Jaffna in over two decades, it is expected that over 400,000 people from the northern and eastern provinces, would participate. A special feature of the Exhibition will be the series of workshops that will be held to help uplift the skills of local artisans and potential entrepreneurs. The Palali Airport starting its operations in October 2019 will undoubtedly provide a boost to the tourism industry in the region.

Skills development therefore will be useful for the local communities to reap the maximum benefit from the endless opportunities that would be open to the region with the introduction of regular commercial air-travel and tourism.

The exhibition will be consisted with many skill development workshops conducted by professionals in respective industries.

A 10 day skills development workshop for palmyra leaf craftsmen to introduce “new design trends and product diversification” will be conducted by Senaka De Silva from September 1 to 10 September.

Renown Designer Senaka De Silva will also conduct a train-the-trainers program for handloom weavers. The program will enhance the efforts taken by the Provincial Council’s Department of Industries, to revive and establish the Jaffna’s once famous handloom industry.

“I’m really glad that I got the chance to get engaged with this project especially because as a kid I used to grow up in Jaffna.

Palmyra leaf products and handloom products have its own charm and Jaffna people really have a skill for making these products. However, sadly due to the war, all these skills diminished and deteriorated. I think through these series of exhibitions and workshops would be a great opportunity to put things back on track and bring it in to the limelight these new design trends,” said Senaka.

All participants at the Workshops will be awarded a Certificate upon completion of each workshop.There will be a half-a-day workshop on beauty culture and hygiene for about 100–200 participants conducted by Janet Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd.

This is open to all women interested in learning more about personal grooming from the experts in the field. The programme will be of particular value to aspiring young entrepreneurs to start their own beauty salon. A broader demonstration about various personal care products available in the market will also be carried out during the workshop.

Batik Printing is an industry that is relatively new but gradually gaining popularity in the region. Identifying the importance ofdiversifying the gifts and souvenir segment in the marketplace, Enterprise Sri Lanka will host a workshop on the fundamentals of Batik printing on September 9, at the exhibition premises starting from 9.30am. The workshop will be conducted by Eric Suriyasena, a veteran hotelier and a specialist in Batiks&Fashion.

Women entrepreneurs play a vital part in rebuilding the economy of the region and the country as a whole. In order to encourage female participation in the economy, the exhibition organizers invite all young women interested in starting their own enterprise in the lucrative industry of bridal dressing to take part in the Bridal Dressing Workshop and Competition that is to be held on the last day (September 10) at the Exhibition venue. The workshop on bridaldressing will be conducted by Nimal Abeysiriwardhane.

The Enterprise Sri Lanka Programme was launched in line with “Vision 2025” – the Government’s economic vision to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. ‘Vision 2025’ which sets out a course of reforms to make Sri Lanka more competitive and lift the standard of living of all Sri Lankans range from labour law reform to restructuring social safety net programmes to boosting technology acquisition and digitization.

The Enterprise Sri Lanka Programme that was launched as a part of ‘Vision 2025’, aims to create 100,000 Entrepreneurs by 2025. The programme has so far approved credit facilities amounting to over 80 billion Rupees.

To take the Enterprise Sri Lanka Program right to the doorstep of the people of our country and enable greater citizen participation and interaction, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera introduced the Enterprise Sri Lanka National Exhibition Series in 2018.

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