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June 13, 2013 (LBO) – Business and Professional Women International, an organization spread across 125 countries will be holding a conference in Sri Lanka in August to promote joint ventures trade and ecotourism, organizers said. The conference will be held from August 10 to 12 in Colombo with the support of the parent organization which is spread across 125 countries.

“We also want to bring a change to the attitudes in Sri Lanka,” Janaki Gunawardana, founder BPW International’s Sri Lanka chapter, founder of Business and Professional Women Sri Lanka was established in 1993.

In addition to providing a forum for its members to interact and do business with counterparts in other countries, the non-profit organization also has a program to help underprivileged women form small businesses.

Gunawardene said the Sri Lankan chapter wanted international members to come and see for themselves the status of the country and form joint ventures and partnerships.

Economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa is expected to deliver the keynote address.

Gunawardana said Queen Rania of Jordan, who is a member of BPW International had been invited to the conference and they are hopeful that she will attend.