The third of a series of Enterprise Sri Lanka exhibitions which aims to promote enterprise culture within the island and taking the government development activities to the doorstep of the people will be held from September 7 to 10 at Muthaveli near the Jaffna Fort. The goal is to attract the members of the new generation to various enterprises that are native to the Northern Province thereby strengthening such enterprises further; in particular to develop the industries which are native to Jaffna district by giving priority to agriculture, fisheries and tourism sectors and bringing the facilities of granting loans to a pragmatic level in order to develop such industries. Simultaneously, guidance and necessary facilities will be provided for small business ventures under the National Policies Ministry.
The exhibition premise comprises of seven zones that target the prospective young enterprisers in the North enable them to obtain the required knowledge of the necessary services and guidance accordingly. These zones are titled: Enterprises Zone, Government and Private Sector Zone, Education Zone, Green Zone, Innovation Zone, Commercial Zone and Media Zone. The Enterprise Zone will provide services to prospective entrepreneurs including services ranging from giving guidance to make their business idea a reality with guidance to become eligible to obtain loans under concessionary interest rates to start such business ventures. They will be able to get all these services under one roof at this exhibition and the officials of the Enterprise Sri Lanka Secretariat of the Ministry of Finance as well as other officials of the State commercial banks who are assigned to handle the process of granting loans under Enterprise Sri Lanka will be available to provide the required services. These Zones will offer the visitors with some understanding, especially of the Government and Private sector institutions and their functions and to obtain information about the Government’s development activities, functions of each ministry and the services they provide to the people at this exhibition venue. The Education Zone has been separated for the thousands of school children and other students who are pursuing higher education. Various types of books which are relevant to school textbooks could be bought at special discounts at this exhibition and the Education Ministry has involved in organizing this zone. In addition, a different type of awareness programs will be held in this exhibition venue for the student visitors to share the necessary knowledge. Counseling services for those who are seeking higher education could also be obtained at this Zone.
The visitors to this exhibition will be given an opportunity to buy various commodities at reasonable prices; especially garments and other types of apparel manufactured by factories coming under the BOI could be bought at duty-free prices in this exhibition center. In addition, a special zone has been set up for innovations; priority has been given for the awarded innovators and such individuals of the Northern Province. In addition, visitors to the exhibition can obtain free clinical health services which have been jointly organized by the Health Ministry and the Provincial Health Services Department. Among them are free laboratory and clinical services. Various programs on cultivation activities and crop management in the Jaffna district as well as awareness programs on coconut and cashew cultivation will also be conducted in the exhibition venue.
A foreign ministry consular service will also be set up in the exhibition premises. The foreign job seekers and students who are going overseas for higher education could be able to get their required certificates and other documents attested by this consular office in the exhibition premises. At the same time, legal aid will be provided to those who are seeking such assistance. Several programs separated for the youth who seek vocational training will also be conducted. Daily musical shows will be held in the night at the exhibition venue with local and South Indian artists participating during the period of the exhibition.