The Enterprise Sri Lanka Jaffna exhibition organized by the Ministry of Finance which aims to create entrepreneurs will be declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Jaffna today, September 7.
This exhibition will be open for the public from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight daily at Mutraweli in Jaffna from September 7 to September 10.
This exhibition is organized by the Finance Ministry under the budget proposal made by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera with the aim of creating 100,000 new entrepreneurs. The main sponsors are the Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, National Lotteries Board and Development Lottery board.
New entrepreneurs who expect to develop industries which are native to the Jaffna district such as in the manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries and tourism sectors, will be able to obtain loans at concessionary interest rates at this exhibition.
Loans under concessionary interest rates starting from a minimum of Rs.100,000 up to Rs. 750 million could be obtained and the educated young prospective entrepreneurs of Jaffna who are seeking for such an opportunity will be able to reap benefits from this scheme, Ministry sources said.
A special mobile service will also be held during the 4 days of this exhibition to enable those who expect to enter the field of business to apply for project loans. Eleven special counters by the State and Private commercial banks as well as government consulting services institutions have been set up in the premises of this exhibition. Visitors to this exhibition can obtain the necessary information, instructions and guidance to apply for concessionary loans to start business ventures from self employment to small and medium scale projects from these special counters.
The visitors to this exhibition will be given an opportunity to buy various commodities at reasonable prices. Especially garments and other type of apparel manufactured by factories coming under the Board of Investment (BOI) could be bought at duty free prices in this exhibition center.
The Electronic Media Zone will provide an opportunity for the people to meet the representatives of their favourite electronic media houses. At the same time, school students will be able to witness how various programmes including live broadcasting are telecast and how programmes are produced.
Visitors to the exhibition can also obtain free services which will be provided jointly by the Health Ministry and the Provincial Health Services Department. Among them are free laboratory and clinical services.
A foreign consular service will also be set up in the exhibition premises. Foreign job seekers and students who plan to go for higher education would be able to get their required certificates and other documents attested by this consular office in the exhibition premises.
Daily musical shows featuring South Indian artistes will also be a daily feature at the exhibition venue.