Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka celebrated International Women’s Day at the Laksala Museum lawn on the 28th of March, 2015.

First on the agenda was a three kilometer walk followed by a trade fair at the Laksala open air grounds. There were around 30 trade stalls enabling our members to showcase their products.

Many VIP guests, diplomats, members together with their family and friends took part in the walk which started at the entrance of the Laksala Museum. The walk took us around the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Vihara Maha Devi Park, passing Town Hall, Public Library and ended at the starting point.

The trade stalls were mostly utilized by our members from Colombo as well as ladies from the Mannar, Hambantota, Central Province and Jaffna Chambers who used this as a platform to exhibit and market their products. NEDA helped WCIC make necessary arrangements to accommodate the visiting entrepreneurs.

There was also an interesting cookery presentation by Paan Paan which involved creating something novel and delicious. This was followed by an interactive salsa dancing session for all those joined us.

The Mentoring Programme was launched at this event. The WCIC extends an invitation to anyone interested to sign up as mentees. The program will focus on finance, marketing, branding and legal as the main areas to be mentored. Those who wish to have a mentor to guide them can register at the WCIC secretariat and we will gladly allocate a reputed member of the WCIC who can best help you grow your business.

The Procurement Officers of Laksala were also present at the location and identifed products to be included to their product list. Other stake holders like Paan Paan and hoteliers were also present to identify various products which could be developed further with their guidance to make them marketable.

Lots of vendors made new contacts and we hope this opportunity will lend a hand to empower women entrepreneurs. This event was also a fine example of excellence in networking, with women from different social status in Sri Lanka.

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