Synergy of public /private sector for conducive business environment
In an effort to create a mechanism which allows the private sector to gain access to public officials charged with the responsibility for implementing policies on a single platform, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL) in Sri Lanka has introduced the District Enterprise Forums (DEF). The forums will be on the lines of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) forum of the International Labour Organisation under the Pro-poor Enterprise Growth.
The FCCISL stated that the administrative structure in Sri Lanka comprising of Central, Provincial and Local Governments is complex. With the various other statutory bodies operating, the FCCISL said that such an administrative structure creates barriers.
The objective of the forum is to improve the policy and regulatory environment for businesses through dialogue and to take proactive action where it warrants. What falls outside the scope of DEF affecting the business climate is expected to be taken to a national level forum for lobbying. Secretary General of the FCCISL Samantha Abeywickrema said it is a boon to business.
“The main objective of DEF is to handle bureaucratic issues affecting businessmen at district level as well as to resolve policy obstacles amicably and cooperatively through discussion with relevant officials and authorities, thereby building a conducive business environment,” Abeywickrema said.
He added that there are a number of issues that can be resolved at district level without sponsorship at national level. “To resolve these it is important that the private sector and public sector work in corporation reaching consensus. In Sri Lanka in the provincial development plan it can be introduced as the first time private and the public sector has worked together in an amicable and structured manner.”