SAARC WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD The SAARC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award was conceived to inspire the next generation of women in power. Identifying and honouring women who possess vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality and tenacity with the ultimate goal to present role models for other women to aspire. Each SAARC country will nominate the Country’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – 2018 which will culminate in an event where the SAARC Woman Entrepreneur will be selected. Read More Download Application Press Release

Note : As requested by applicants the deadline has been extended to 31st December 2018. We encourage all to submit on or before the extended deadline
WELCOME TO WCIC The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka (WCIC) was initiated in 1985 by a group of visionaries - women who were successfully running their own businesses and a few professionals. Their main objective being to incorporate women entrepreneurs into the mainstream of business activity in the country and now we have a membership of about 200 and growing.

It is known to be that WCIC was in fact the first women-only trade chamber to be set up in Sri Lanka and the first in the world.

The Founder Chairperson was Chloe de Soysa. The original founder members whose financial contribution as membership fee enabled the WCIC to set up fund which was then supported by Asia Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The WCIC’s priorities is to harness our members’ economic power in the country gaining recognition and improving their lives while stimulating the socio-economic growth.

In its history, WCIC has to its credit many innovative projects such as the Agromart Foundation, Training Course for Women Migrant Workers, Poverty Alleviation Through Entrepreneurship Development, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council, and the most recent South Asian Women’s Economic Network which links leading women’s organizations in South Asia, the Women’s Entrepreneur Awards, the launch of the first Commonwealth Women’s Entrepreneur Awards, Capacity Building Workshops, Financial Literary Programs, Women in Business Trade Fairs, Business English, Business Delegations, Empowering War Widows through Chick Farming , Micro Credit Projects, Empowering differently-abled women through training in beauty culture among several more.

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The 33rd AGM of WCIC

The 33rd Annual General Meeting of WCIC

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Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 held on 4th August 2018 at the Grand Marquee. Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo

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International Women's Day Celebration 2018

International Women's Day Celebration 2018 held on the 15th March 2018 at Hotel Galadari, Bougainvillea Ballroom.

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SAARC CCI 71st EC Meeting in Chennai

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry 71st Executive Committee Meeting held on October 23, 2017 in Chennai, India

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The 32nd Annual General Meeting of WCIC was held on 28th Sep 2017 "The Annual General Meeting of Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce was held at Galadari Hotel In Colombo on Friday 28. Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe was the chief guest. The new Board was elected on the occasion. Mrs. Chathuri Ranasinghe was elected as the new Chairperson...
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Miss Intercontinental Sri Lanka 2017 Mentorship Program "Discover the Entrepreneur in you" Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce collaborates with the Miss Intercontinental pageant to mentor the title holder and the first and second runners up for the year of their reign.

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09Dec 2018

'Christmas Stars' a magical evening
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Charitha Abeyratne Hettiarachchi
Charitha is the visionary Founder and CEO of Saraii Village ​ www.saraiivillage.com​, which is a Sustainable Tourism brand that showcases off the beaten path experiences to smart global travellers. She’s a Fulbright Scholar and a Presidential Scholar at Colorado State University, USA and has an MBA in Global Social Sustainable Enterprise.
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