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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2765

Suntel partners FCCISL to award Lankan entrepreneurs

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 19 October, (, a market leader in Sri Lanka’s telecom industry, signed an MoU with the Federation of Chambers and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), to become the Chambers’ strategic partner for its annual event ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2005’ awards programme.

The flagship event which is held for the 11th consecutive year and sponsored for the second time by Suntel is to reward and recognize the spirit of enterprise and leadership among Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. The FCCISL together with Suntel plans to hold the regional award ceremonies in November 2006 which will culminate with the ceremonious selection of the "Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2005" event scheduled for December 2006.

Marking their association for the 2nd year with FCCISL, Suntel, recognizes businesses of any magnitude are built through the enterprising and innovative spirit of the people that spearhead these companies, said Jeremy Huxtable, Managing Director Suntel at the signing ceremony of the MOU.. He said they understood the challenges faced by businesses in today’s rapidly changing market, and salutes those who have the courage and the resilience to take on these challenges and emerge victorious. He said by partnering with FCCISL, Suntel is giving fresh impetus to Sri Lankan achievers – inspiring them to obtain greater success.

As strategic partner of the event, Suntel will organise special sales and promotional activities at the 24 regional branches of the FCCISL, while offering special packages and customized services to SME customers. Suntel also plans to give special recognition to any Suntel customer that wins an award at the ceremony.

Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL appreciated the continuous support of Suntel in partnering with the Chamber to award entrepreneurs who have come forth to share their story of achievements and laurels with the business community and the nation.

The award is open to any Sri Lankan entrepreneur who has played the lead role in his or her organization for the past three years. A special category for Woman Entrepreneur of the year has been introduced at this year’s event, in recognition of women who have achieved excellence in building up their businesses.

The highlight of Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year 2005 will be three special awards for the Tsunami affected entrepreneurs that will be awarded at provincial and national level.

As the only awards programme in Sri Lanka to recognize Sri Lankans whose vision has given wing to thriving businesses, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ is the highest national honour given to members of the business community in recognition of their entrepreneurial skills. Contestants will vie for honors in micro, small, medium, large and extra large categories depending on the size of their business. Applicants are evaluated by a panel of judges comprising eminent personalities from many disciplines in both the private and public sectors. The competition which is in two levels – regional and provincial which will reward entrepreneurs in these categories culminate in a grand event that recognizes entrepreneurs at national level.

Suntel is a joint venture company that brings together the resources and expertise of Swedish telecom giant overseas Telecom AB, Metrocorp (Pvt) Ltd., Townsend Limited of Hong Kong, the National Development Bank, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - a member of the World Bank Group. The combination of technical and operational expertise supported by a sound financial base has helped create a company which is committed to being Sri Lanka’s preferred telecommunication service provider, through service excellence and cost-effective delivery.

- Asian Tribune -

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