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.
WCIC also plays an instrumental role on raising awareness on women’s role in a democratic society. The chamber educates women on the available economic opportunities. WCIC helps to create new jobs and push forward economic development. In partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise based in Washington D.C. and a network of South Asian Women’s Business Associations, we are strengthening our capacity to serve our members and lobby for policy changes in the business environment . Through this project WCIC aims to combine business networking with advocacy and training.
WCIC is also represented in organizations such as Federation of Chambers of Commerce Sri Lanka (FCCISL), SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and NCE, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Labour Relations & Foreign Employment, Ministry of Industries, Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Customs, Employer’s Federation of Ceylon, Society for Corporate Social Responsibility, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Project SMED, Sri Lanka Business Development Centre (SLBDC), Sri Lanka National Arbitration Centre, etc.
WCIC also maintains close relationship with all the Government Ministries, Embassies and other organizations related to trade industry and commerce. Members of the Chamber hold several discussion in Sri Lanka and overseas with government ministers, policy makers, senior officials, Ambassadors. WCIC attends meetings in order to boost women entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka and ensure that our members play a stronger economic role in this era of growth.