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Sri Lankan entreprenuers invited to vie for new Asian awards scheme

With the performances of local entrepreneurs of all categories – micro, small, medium, large and extra large being well accepted by the global business community over the years, Sri Lanka has been picked to conduct the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) for Sri Lankan entreprenuers which will take place on 12 February 2012 at the Colombo Hilton.

APEA is a regional recognition programme for outstanding entrepreneurs across Asia – a platform for Asian business leaders and entrepreneurs to network, share information and form lifetime acquaintances and alliances.

There are 14 ASEAN countries in this programme viz. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Macau, Cambodia and from South Asia, India. Sri Lanka has been invited to join this elite group from 2012.

Enterprise Asia based in Malaysia is the owner of APEA and in association with the Sri Lanka-Malaysia Business Council affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event in Sri Lanka. The awards offers a regional benchmark in honouring enterprising men and women from each country. Ananda Rajapakse, Country Director for Enterprise Asia speaking at the press briefing held in Colombo this week to announce the holding of APEA 2012 in Colombo said that the awards on offer are:

ntrepreneur of the Year; Women entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Entrepreneurship, Most Promising Entrepreneurship, and Lifetime Achievement. He said that the entire spectrum of the awarding process is independent and will be selected by an international panel of judges based on a regional company evaluation benchmark and shortlist on a computer generated marking scheme and company visits by a technical team from Enterprise Asia in Malaysia. Entries are open from 29th September and will be closed on 1 November 2011. Mr Rajapakse said that they believe that an entrepreneurial culture is essential for the sustainable development of a nation and partnering these ventures that form the backbone of an emerging new Sri Lanka is their contribution for nation building.

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