The Hambantota International Port (HIP) has joined hands with the Ministry of Youth Affairs’, Small Enterprises Development Division to bring about progressive change for entrepreneurs in the Hambantota District.
“As a forward thinking organisation, committed to the wellbeing of the community, HIPG is dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities for small-scale entrepreneurs in our region. As we welcome cruise business to HIP, we have opened up opportunity for small scale entrepreneurs to showcase their authentic local wares at our ‘Sea Fair’ which will be frequented by disembarking passengers. Through this initiative the port will support the growth and development of local businesses which will directly benefit from the venture,” says Johnson Liu, CEO of Hambantota International Port Group of HIP.
The ‘Sea Fair’ supported by HIP will showcase authentic local products mostly indigenous to the Hambantota district that will be attractive to cruise passengers disembarking at the port. The event is scheduled to coincide with cruise ship calls and the vendors will be given prior notice as to the dates on which it will be held. All infrastructure facilities for ‘Sea Fair’ are provided to entrepreneurs free of charge by HIP.
The partnership between the Small Enterprises Development Division and HIP, opens up a ready platform for small-scale entrepreneurs to exhibit their products. This community development initiative, while bolstering local economies, is also expected to enhance the cruise experience for visitors, giving them a chance to take home a piece of Hambantota’s vibrant culture.