UNDP to help uplift local SMEs through National Trade Fair

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July 11, 2017 (LBO) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka will organize Aadhayam 2017, a national trade fair, to help businesses expand and promote innovation, employment, skill development and local enterprise.

Aadhayam 2017 will create a favorable platform for Sri Lankan small and medium sized enterprise to connect with larger markets and expand business partnerships for national and international trade, UNDP said.

“As Sri Lanka aspires to become a higher middle income country, we believe that small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs present an important opportunity to develop the existing potential in the country,” Lovita Ramguttee, country director, UNDP Sri Lanka said.

“However, it’s no longer enough to simply enable someone to produce more – we also need to make sure their products are competitive and that they have access to national and international markets so entrepreneurs can sustain their businesses., it is only through the strong collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and the commitment from our development partners that we are able to support the people of Sri Lanka to ensure that we can achieve sustainable development together.”

The event will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (Colombo) on the 14, 15 and 16 of July, 2017 from 10am – 7pm and will showcase over 200 entrepreneurs, producer groups and organizations from ten selected districts of the country.

From local artisan crafts to traditional spices, palymyrah, coir, batik as well as traditional food items, ‘Aadhayam 2017’ will bring together diverse local entrepreneurs to celebrate Sri Lankan industries and promote sustainable development and inclusive growth.