The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka held its Annual Export Awards for 29th consecutive year, celebrating the best performance of Sri Lankan Exporters on January 21, 2022 at Hotel Shangri-La, amidst a gathering of special invitees and award winners.
JeevanThiagarajah, Governor, Northern Province graced the event as the Guest of Honour.
This event has been organized by NCE amidst numerous challenges during this difficult period and yet was able to maintain the undisputed glitter and glamour and the high standards synonymous with the prestigious event.
The theme of the event this year was “Rise Rebuild & Regain highlighting the challenges faced by the Sri Lankan Exporters during the past many years including a 35-year-old war, Tsunami, Easter Bomb Attack and the Covid-19 Pandemic where exporters have proven their resilience.
The noteworthy feature of the event this year was introduction of the “NCE Challenge Trophy” awarded in respect of organizations who perform ethical trading practices under Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large categories. This is the latest addition to the awards scheme by NCE.
“The unending efforts by Sri Lankan Exporters in sustaining exports and taking the Sri Lankan Brand Global, especially during the past 02 years is admirable. We are also working on a robust plan to develop enterprises in the Northern part of the country, whilst nurturing the environment, water and agriculture through a Green Concept. We are open for business engagement with Far East and Africa for value added technical assembling, back office services and also value added products, stated Guest of Honour Governor, Northern Province, Jeevan Thiagarajah.
He further highlighted that many of the foreign investors have been kept in waiting during the last couple of years which should not be tolerating anymore.
“We are working closely with Board of Investment, Urban Development Authority and Renewable Energy Authority for developing the Northern Province. We wish to invite Sri Lankan living overseas who are well-resourced, experienced, skilled and running their own businesses. It is time to get them back and we need to create such an environment making it attractive for them to come back and contribute towards the development of their own country. We are also looking for more opportunities internally such as markets, skill and technical expertise”, Thiagarajah commented
He also promised to promote the Dubai Expo and Sri Lankan Brands together with NCE.