Australia announces business partnership opportunities in Sri Lanka for COVID-19 recovery

Sep 15, 2020 (LBO) – The Australian High Commission in Colombo announced a call for proposals on 14 September 2020, to support COVID-19 economic recovery in Sri Lanka under the Business Partnerships Platform (BPP).

The BPP is a flagship initiative of the Australian Government. It supports partnerships with businesses to deliver sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, while also ensuring commercial returns for businesses.

“Business will play a central role in rebuilding Sri Lanka’s economy as it recovers from COVID-19, and this exciting opportunity to partner with the Australian Government can support positive change through improved livelihood opportunities, enhanced gender equality and an inclusive economic recovery,” said David Holly, Australian HIgh Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

The BPP can co-finance with businesses to support COVID-19 economic recovery by establishing partnerships that contribute to digitalisation, skills development for workers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, economic opportunities for women, or green recovery.

In Sri Lanka, they are seeking partnerships in the following sectors:

• Information and communication technology (ICT)
• Agriculture technology and fisheries
• Online education and education technoogy
• Financial inclusion

Businesses can apply individually or in a consortium. The Australian Government will provide matched funding of up to AUD 500,000 to successful business initiatives.

Businesses with a commercial idea that could make a lasting social impact are encouraged to contact the Australian High Commission in Colombo, R.Sivasuthan@dfat.gov.au or visit: www.thebpp.com.au for further information. Applications close 4 November 2020.

To participate in an information session, register online at https://thebpp.com.au/call-for-partnerships/bpp-sri-lanka-call-for-partnerships

For more information:

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sivasuthan Ramanathan, Program Manager, Australian High Commission, R.Sivasuthan@dfat.gov.au

Canberra, Australia: Corinne Roberts, Communications Manager, the Business Partnerships Platform corinne.roberts@thebpp.com.au