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FCCISL gears up for 2010 Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year

By Chanaka de Silva

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka is gearing up for the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony to be held on December 22. This awards ceremony organized by the FCCISL is held this year for the 15th consecutive time.

Speaking to the media, Secretary General FCCISL Dr. Thusitha Tennakoon said, “the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur awards sought to recognize the most successful Sri Lankans for the year. This is also the highest national award given to the business community. This is also the only award that recognizes the person for his or her achievement rather than the industry they represent. Entrepreneurs from categories such as agriculture, services, industry and trading vie for these awards which give them both local and regional recognition. The success of this is shown by the well known corporates who have taken part and won these awards in the past.”

The FCCISL has under its purview 60 national and regional chambers in Sri Lanka. This bring its outreach to cover 12,500 business entities in the country. Of the awards 117 are for the provinces. Besides the national awards ceremony held in Colombo regional awards will be presented on a respective provincial basis. N&E Provincial Awards in Vavuniya, NC and NW Provincial Awards in Polonnaruwa, Central Provincial Awards in Nuwara Eliya , Uva and Sabaragamuwa provincial Awards in Ratnapura, Southern Provincial Awards in Hambantota and the Western Provincial Awards in Colombo, respectively.

Addressing the gathering, last year’s Platinum Award winner - Chairman/Managing Director RN Constructions (Pvt) Ltd Ruwan Edirisinghe said, “ if one were to look at the winners of the entrepreneur awards of the recent past you will see that most of them are graduates. They are the products of the free education system of this country. This is a good opportunity for the other graduates to see that rather than wait for a Government job they should venture into some enterprise. This way they could succeed in a very short time and reap greater rewards than those given from a Government job.”

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