HDCC wins Best Networking Project at World Chamber Congress
Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) won the first place at
the 2009 World Chambers Competition for the Best Networking Project with
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce which was held at the sixth World
Chamber Congress in Kuala Lumpur last week for their Post-Tsunami
Chamber Cooperation project.
Director General HDCC Azmi Thassim and Representative of Greater
Manchester Chamber of Commerce P. Thomas at the world chamber
Director General HDCC Azmi Thassim said “Under this project, the
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce assisted us in building our
capabilities as a chamber in economic development through training our
staff. The Manchester Chamber also shared their expertise on certain
areas such as building partnerships, bidding and organizing campaigns on
promoting different sectors.
There were several categories at the 2009 World Chambers Competition
which are Best Networking Project, Best Unconventional Project: Best
International Project, Best Small Business Project and Best project from
a Chamber in a Developing Country. HDCC applied for the Best Networking
“This project has helped HDCC in enhancing economic activities in the
district as a regional chamber. We expect to share our knowledge and
expertise with other regional chambers in the country,” he said.
“We have noticed that there is a huge improvement in infrastructure
development in the Hambantota district with the port development
project. Today many local and foreign investors are keen on investing in
the Hambantota district, he said.
The Hambantota district was able to attract local blue chip companies
such as Hayleys, Hemas and other reputed companies in Sri Lanka.
Investments made in this district have increased and many more large
scale investments have been proposed for Hambantota.