Thailand Ambassador addresses the National Chamber Members

H.E. Poldej Worachat , Ambassador of Thailand addressed the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka on 6th September 2012 at a seminar on Bilateral Trade Opportunities between Sri Lanka & Thailand and held at the National Chamber Auditorium. Presentations were also made by Mr Chavalit Rojjanaprapayon Director, Thai Trade Center, Chennai & Mr Sakchai Luangsathitkul, BOI, Thailand on business and investment opportunities available in Thailand for Sri Lankans and the Trade & Investment Regulations in Thailand respectively.

H.E. Poldej Worachat , Ambassador of Thailand was the Special Guest at a presentation/discussion on" Bilateral Trade Between Sri Lanka & Thailand" held at the National Chamber of Commerce recently. The picture shows from left-Mr Chavalit Rojjanaprapayon Director, Thai Trade Center, Chennai, Mr Sunil G.Wijesinha, Senior Deputy President, NCCSL, Ambassador of Thailand, and Mr Sakchai Luangsathikul, BOI, Thailand (right) addressing the gathering.


1st Day Opening Ceremony of “Arogya 2012” International Healthcare Exhibition at BMICH

Hon. Lalith Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Health at the opening ceremony of “Arogya 2012” at BMICH on 17th August 2012. Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President NCCSL (left) Mr. Sujeiva Samaraweera, Hony Secretary NCCSL (right) and Mr. P. Kumaran, Deputy High Commissioner of  Indian High Commission (centre).

Second Batch of Entrepreneurship Management Course Commences

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) in partnership with the University of Colombo - Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA-UOC) commenced the second batch of the Certificate Course in “Entrepreneurship Management” at the University of Colombo on Saturday 28th July 2012. The course is of four months duration and the lectures are conducted at University of Colombo and the course is designed to impart knowledge to the SME Sector in the country on business and entrepreneurship management. Subjects offered are Business Ethics, Good Management Practices, Marketing & Project Management, Leadership, Legal background for SMEs and Development of Entrepreneurship & Communication Skills. Program also includes field visits and study tours.    

At the inauguration of the Second Batch of Entrepreneurs at the Colombo University. From left Mr. Sujeiva Samaraweera, Hony. Secretary (NCCSL) addressing the gathering. Seated (from right) Mr. Gamini Hemakumara, Senior Lecturer, IHRA-UOC) and Mr. Thushara Weerasekera, Assistant Manager – SME Development & Special Projects (NCCSL)

The NCCSL Wins Silver Award at the LACP Vision Awards 2012

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka’s (NCCSL) Annual Report for the year 2010/11 was awarded at the recently held Vision Awards inNew York. The NCCSL’s Annual Report was the winner of the Silver Award in the Non-Profit category. 

The Vision Awards, organized by the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP), is the world’s most renowned annual report competition and attracts submissions from organizations across the world.  

Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President – NCCSL, noted after receiving the award, “Our 2010/11 Annual Report is aptly based on our role as the voice of Sri Lankan business. It communicates to our stakeholders the importance of the remit bestowed on our organization in stimulating, promoting, representing and protecting the interests of Sri Lanka’s many businesses.

”Smart Media, The Annual Report Company, was responsible for conceptualizing and designing NCCSL Annual Report. Dr. Vijith Kannangara, Chairman – Smart Media, said,“ It is imperative that Sri Lankan organizations look at their annual reports as vital communication tools between themselves and their stakeholders. In this regard, we are proud to be highlighting the annual report of an umbrella organization as vital as the NCCSL at such a forum.”

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka(NCCSL) was founded in 1948. The NCCSL is the focal point for member companies representing virtually the entire spectrum of industry, trade and commerce inSri Lankaincluding some of the most vibrant and progressive business houses in the country.

This is the first ever occasion that NCCSL has produced an Annual Report in complying with international standards and winning a Silver Award confirms  NCCSL’s vision to be one of the world’s best Chambers.  

The LACP was established in 2001 in theUSAto create a forum that discusses best-in-class practices while recognizing those who demonstrate exemplary communication capabilities. The Vision Awards process of the LACP recognizes and rewards outstanding annual reporting from across the globe. The LACP Vision Awards 2012 attracted over 5,500 entries from more than 25 countries. 


Mr. Asoka Hettigoda,President NCCSL (right) receiving the Award from the Chief Guest, Governor of Central Bank, with Dr. Vijith Kannangara, Chairman, Smart Media in the centre at the Felicitation Ceremony held at Hotel Galadari.

NCCSL hosts the Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy

A seminar on“Bilateral Trade Between Sri Lanka & The Netherlands”organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka was held on 24th July 2012 at the National Chamber Auditorium from 3.00 to 4.30 p.m. The Special Guest was Mr Bas Van Noordenne, Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy. Mr Noordenne made a very comprehensive presentation on trade, investment opportunities and other services available in the Netherlands. The seminar was well attended and covered by print and electronic media.

Mr Bas Van Noordenne, Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy (3rd from left). (On his left) Mr Asoka Hettigoda, President NCCSL , Mr Sujeiva Samaraweera, Hony Secretary,NCCSL. (Far left) Mr E M Wijetilleke, Secretary General/CEO and Mr Sunil Wijesinha, Senior Deputy President, NCCSL at the seminar.