24th Annual NCE Export Awards 2016 Most Outstanding Exporter
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NCE launches 25th anniversary annual export awards application
The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) which is the only private sector Chamber exclusively serving Sri Lankan exporters launched the revised application of the 25th anniversary annual export awards ceremony, which will be held on the 29th of September at Hilton Colombo. The President of the NCE Ramal Jasinghe in his address at the AGM stated that he will provide leadership to the Annual Export Awards, particularly as the forth coming event marks 25 years of an unbroken, consistent, and yet a dynamic awards scheme which is probably unique in the country.
Shiham Marikar the Secretary General of the NCE in his introductory address stated that the NCE Awards to recognize and reward the achievements of Sri Lankan exporters in international markets, is the most looked forward to event in the Sri Lankan business calendar. He added that since its inception in 1996, this annual event has been conducted without a break, and had seen an increase in the number of applications received from exporters each year to be an Award winner.
Further the modern concept of the triple bottom line encompassing profit, people, and the planet had been introduced to measure the overall success of export enterprises for sustainability. Along with this measure the awards trophy was also redesigned incorporating these concepts. He went on to state that the application form of the awards scheme itself has become a living document, since an export enterprise which applies for an award has to fulfill many requirements related to its operations, which gives the opportunity to improve weak areas of the enterprise to conform to international standards.
Marikar stated that the Chamber will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event, and that one of the main innovative aspects that has been introduced to the scheme this year is the ‘Outreach Programme’ to recognize the achievements of provincial enterprises in the field of exports, especially in the SME category, who may or may not be direct exporters, but service providers to exporters by being part of the “Export Value Chain”. He added that provincial participants will receive special awards to motivate them, and that the Chamber will work with the Regional Chambers of Industry and Commerce to achieve this objective. He welcomed representative of regional chambers who were present on invitation to symbolically receive the application for distribution to their respective members. In this regard their assistance was sought to identify their member companies who could apply and compete for an award.
Marikar concluded by stating that he along with officials of the NCE plans to visit the respective regional chambers during the next month to meet with their members, and convince them on the importance of applying for an export award, to enable their enterprises to be bench marked related to their current status, and also be recognized by winning an award.
Prasanna Hettiarachchi, Chairman of Saaraketha Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. who won a prestigious NCE Export Award last year for the first time addressed the distinguished gathering on the benefits his company have derived by winning an Award. Hettiarachchi stated that the Cinderella story of Saaraketha shows how the Chamber has been instrumental in propelling a small enterprise to the heights it has reached today by transforming its image to be seen in better light by an exacting international audience. He stated that it is a challenge to succeed in the International markets especially when you are a small company in a developing country, since the huge investments and strong infrastructures of large exporters were a luxury beyond it.