Sri Lanka


The ‘Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB)’ Program of the International Labour Organization is a system of inter-related practical management-skills training package for small-scale enterprise owners and managers. It encompasses a range of cost-effective and practical training, monitoring and evaluation methodologies and instruments which were designed to meet the management training needs of potential and existing small business persons.

The overall objective of the SIYB Association is to contribute to the economic development and to the creation of new and better jobs in any country it practices. Within the framework set by the development objective, the first immediate objective of the SIYB program is to enable local Business Development Services (BDS) organizations to effectively and independently implement business start up and improvement training and related activities for potential and existing entrepreneurs.

The second immediate objective is to enable potential and existing small entrepreneurs through these SIYB partner organizations to start viable businesses and to increase the viability and profitability of existing enterprises, and to create quality employment for others in the process.

The Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme is a management-training programme with a focus on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment in developing economies and economies in transition. With an estimated outreach of 4.5 million trainees, continuously growing network of more than 17000 trainers and 200 Master Trainers in 2500 partner institutions SIYB is one of the biggest global management training systems used for the support of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) currently on the market. Initially developed in the 1980ies, it has now been translated into more than 40 languages and introduced in more than 100 countries. With a consolidated step by step approach our immediate objectives are: To enable local Business Development Service (BDS) providers to effectively and independently implement business start up and improvement training and related activities To enable potential and existing small entrepreneurs, both women and men, through these BDS organizations to start viable businesses, to increase the viability of existing enterprises, and to create quality employment for others in the process. The ILO has on demand now adapted training material originally developed for Zambia and Tanzania on waste management, to suit the Zimbabwean context, with a focus on waste recycling as a business idea for community based organisations. The adapted training package Start Your Waste Recycling Business comprises four key documents (i) Technical Handouts (ii) Business Manual (iii) Business Plan and (iv) Trainers Guide

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Sri Lanka.
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Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

We, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) - the legendry institution in the Asia Pacific region, reached another milestone on March 25, 2015 by completing 176 years of exemplary service to the business community in Sri Lanka.

When CCC was founded on March 25, 1839 under the British Rule, the Coffee industry took precedence over the current prime commodity 'Tea' which has now excelled as the leading export commodity in Sri Lanka. The agriculture based services provided by the CCC to its members, gradually elevated to value added services. Over a period of years, CCC which plays a catalytic role in the development of the business sector, changed its focus on identifying key issues to assist in the development of strategic plans to meet new challenges and opportunities. With the close rapport maintained with the Government sector, the CCC continued to strengthen its role as a channel between the Government and the Private sector.

CCC, being the first Chamber to be established in Sri Lanka, is the prime mover of the Chamber movement in Sri Lanka. It was also the first Chamber to be represented in the Senate and House of Representatives in the days of Ceylon, first to be accepted as an affiliate member of Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CACCI) in 1983. A few other services which were the first of its kind to be introduced by the CCC are the issuance of Certificates of Origin in 1925, introduction of e-Cos, Conduct of Commodity auctions (Tea, Rubber, Spices & Allied Products) from 1894, Gem Auctions in1980, services provided by Measurers/Surveyors/Assessors, Arbitration/Conciliation & Mediation services, the first Sri Lankan export exhibition was organized by the CCC in 1973, Initiated the First Export Awards scheme in association with the then Export Promotion Secretariat, Formation of Bilateral Business Councils in 1979, Launching of CSR awards in 2004, (Global Standard One) GS1 â?? which is the world's most accepted standard for supply chain management - bringing Bar-coding Standards to Sri Lanka and the CCC is the sole authorized body in Sri Lanka to operate the GS1 Standards system. Moreover, CCC has the unique feature of a Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Trade Associations, Regional Chambers, Employer organizations and Bilateral Business Councils in Sri Lanka. The CCC claims this status having formed alliances with 20 Regional Chambers, 38 Trade/Product and Service Associations and 21 Bilateral Business Councils.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
50, Navam Mawatha,
Colombo 02,
Sri Lanka
Tel : (0094) 11 - 2421745-7, 5588800 (30 hunting lines)
Fax : (0094) 11 - 2437477, 2449352, 2381012