Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne organized the first of a series of meetings with Sri Lankan community members in Victoria, under the banner “Engaging the Overseas Sri Lankans as Development Partners” to solicit support for the “One Village One Product” and “2000 Exporters’ Development” programmes.
The Export Development Board of Sri Lanka along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka has developed the two concepts to assist new export industries and exporters at the small and medium level.
The objective of the “One Village One Product” is to identify products specific to villages or areas and help them grow into export level. Support to the project is expected in the form of donations.
The “2000 exporters’ development programme” will support new entrepreneurs to grow into export level. The support is solicited in the form of investments.
At the meeting, the distinguished members of the Sri Lankan community were requested to consider supporting the projects, in order to support expand Sri Lanka’s export basket and thereby increase the revenue generated through exports. Sri Lanka’s exports at present are one of the lowest in the region. However, with the rich natural and human resources available, Sri Lanka has the potential to grow its export industries into the next level, if the small and medium sector could be expanded rapidly. Sri Lankan community in Australia could become partners of the development of Sri Lanka by engaging in the two projects.
While there will be a series of meetings with the Sri Lankan community in Victoria, Sri Lankan associations or individuals could contact the Consulate General for details of the two projects.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne appreciates the generous support of the Bank of Melbourne to provide the venue for the meeting.