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ECCSL unveils preferential membership scheme for female entrepreneurs

Chairperson, Chathuri Ranasinghe, Head of Operations and Policy, ECCSL, Tanya Goonawardene, Ambassador of Norway, Trine Jøranli Eskedal and Founder/Chairperson, WIM, Dr. Sulochana Segera.
Chairperson, Chathuri Ranasinghe, Head of Operations and Policy, ECCSL, Tanya Goonawardene, Ambassador of Norway, Trine Jøranli Eskedal and Founder/Chairperson, WIM, Dr. Sulochana Segera.

The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) unveiled the preferential membership scheme for female entrepreneurs and women in governance in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Women in Management and Women Chamber of Industry and Commerce Sri Lanka on March 6 at Colombo.

The preferential membership scheme for female participation in decision making is entitled for registered sole proprietors of female entrepreneurs, registered partnerships consisting of female partners and limited liability companies with the majority of female directors on the board.

The eligibility should be fulfilled thus that the applicant is a registered sole proprietorship/partnership founded by a female or business entity with the majority of beneficial ownership resting with female(s) or a registered business entity founded, owned and managed by a female(s).

“Women’s participation is a pillar of Norway’s welfare state and has played a key role in our economic growth. In 2018, the rate of women’s participation in the labour market was only 5 % lower than that of men,” said Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Sri Lanka, Trine Jøranli Eskedal.

The need for sustainability is very important in business opportunities. Sustainability is not only about maintaining sound business practices but also about using resources in a sustainable manner. She also said that gender equality is smart economics and realizing the potential of both halves of the population is crucial to achieve the development goals of a country.

Both countries also recognize the potential for enhanced private sector cooperation within the information and communications technology (ICT), renewable energy and maritime sectors.

“This is a partnership we highly value, appreciate and look forward to further strengthening,” Eskedal further said.

“I am grateful to the entire Board of Directors of ECCSL, two of whom proposed this scheme and permitted me the honor and privilege to be making the announcement of a Preferential Membership Scheme,” said Head of Operations and Policy, ECCSL, Tanya Goonewardene.

The significant global rise in the International Women’s Day activity along with the many female focused initiatives around the world shows that women participation is evident. The world expects gender balance and inclusiveness.

Commenting on the event, Founder, Chairperson, Women in Management (WIM), Sulochana Segera said that women participation in technology and finance sectors needs to be improved in the country other than empowering them on traditional businesses. Women need to be educated to come out from their comfortable zones and take the responsibility of re-designing the future to raise the economy.

Recognition of female entrepreneurship is one of the key strategies of the ECCSL in 2020. Along with this a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) was signed in between the ECCSL and the Sri Lanka Nordic Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to boost the trade relations in between Sri Lanka and the Nordic countries where Europe is one of the key markets in terms of trade for Sri Lanka.


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