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Founded in 1993, the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) is known as Sri Lanka’s first Chamber of Commerce. With three levels of membership, direct, sustaining and association, the HDCC has over 350 direct members,28 cooperate members 11 association members. The Chamber fosters regional economic by engaging with Sri Lanka’s top industries including agriculture, textile and tourism, while empowering local businesses.

The HDCC’s national and international scope includes strategic partnerships providing economic support. Key partners include: the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Manchester Growth. All partnerships provide funding, access to information, and resources that would not otherwise be available.

To support the community and its members, the Chamber has developed an information service that gathers, organizes, and distributes information on the District. The HDCC also provides Information Technology services to the Districtand operates the Internet Technology Centre.
Inresponse to the 2004tsunami, the HDCC organized its Back to Business operation to help businesses recover from the natural disaster. The disaster recovery programes have fulfilled their mandates but the Chamber continues to provide business development services to both members and non-members in the District. To support both employers and job seekers in the District, HDCC operates a Job Placement Service that matches job seekers with available jobs..

To highlight the numerous tourism opportunities in and around Hambantota, the HDCC has created Deep South Tourism, a website and branding campaign dedicated to this sector.
The Hambantota Youth Business Program (HYBP) is closely related to HDCC. HYBP is supported by Youth Business International, a part of the Prince of Wales’ International Business Leaders Forum, and provides loans and business to economically empower disadvantaged youth.
HDCC contributes to economic growth and development in the District by supporting private enterprises. As with all ethical business organizations, HDCC recognizes its corporate social responsibility and supports several small community based organizations by providing business and planning expertise. Staff and management at the HDCC work hard to realize the Chamber’s vision and mission. The HDCC’s partner organizations support that hard work and are rewarded with international experience, broadened horizons, and excellent results for their efforts.
Our Vision ...

" To act as the ‘Gateway’ for development, ensuring the social cohesion and economic success of the Hambantota District."

 Our Mission ...
"To be a professional, sustainable organization, making available a wide range of development services to individuals and enterprises, helping to accelerate economic growth and enhance prosperity throughout the District."
Objectives
  • Strengthen  & Organize Membership
  • Provide Business Development Services
  • Promote investment & Lobbying
  • Manage Special Projects
  • Build Institutional  Capacity
  • Promote Tourism
  • Empower Youth and Women Entrepreneurs
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Name of the Organization
: - Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce
Address
: - Tangalle Road, Hambantota, Sri Lanka.
: - Tel : +94 (0) 47 2220940/1
... Fax : +94 (0) 472220448
.. .Email : chamber@hdcc.lk
Year of Establishment
: - 1993
Legal Status
: - Limited Company incorporated under the companies act no 7 of 2007
Basic Activities
  1. Business Development services
  2. Youth Development services
  3. Tourism Promotion                                 
  4. Undertaking Special Projects

History of HDCC

HDCC began as an Association in 1990 under a Government initiative that encouraged young new entrepreneurs to collaborate with existing businesses.
At that time the country as a whole, and Hambantota District in particular, had just come out of the 1988-1989 insurrections, which had been a very difficult and dangerous time for businesses and the people who ran them.
The Hambantota Integrated Rural Development Project (HIRDEP) which had been working in the District since 1979, began collaborating with HDCC on its idea of setting up an entrepreneur's service centre. HIRDEP had wanted to set up such a centre since the mid-1980s, and saw in HDCC a unique opportunity to move forward.
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The idea of the Hambantota Entrepreneur Service Centre (HESC) had emerged in the mid-1980s as part of HIRDEP’s strategic private sector role in jump-starting economic development through support of local SMEs. HESC was designed as a one-stop centre for business development - either through the direct provision of services or as a referral and coordination centre. HESC was managed by HDCC, and eventually amalgamated within it.
In 1993, with technical and financial assistance from USAlD, HDCC was formally incorporated, and since then has worked in cooperation with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, the Government of Sri Lanka and many INGOs - as well as with multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies and their projects. In 1998-1999, during HIRDEP's final two years, HDCC was given full responsibility for HIRDEP's private sector economic development activities.
In a report on his visit to Sri Lanka in 1997 Professor Malcolm Harper - of the Nottingham Business School - an eminent specialist in micro-finance and enterprise development, wrote:
“HDCC … can serve as a valuable example to donors, governments and business membership organizations anywhere. ”
When HIRDEP was wound up, as planned, in 1999, it had established continuity via HESC and HDCC. In its report on the HIRDEP, the Chr. Michelsen Institute of Development Studies and Human Rights (Bergen, Norway) noted:
"HIRDEP’s attempt to establish new small-scale industries by and large failed, while its role as a midwife to the birth of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce is a remarkable success.
HDCC was the first District level Chamber in Sri Lanka and is role model for others across the island.
In addition to providing many services for Chamber members, the HDCC has also started community-focused projects like the Hambantota Youth Business Program and the Career Services Centre;they have been sustained for over ten years. The Youth Business Program is now in use in ten other districts. In the early 1990's, the HDCC first started lobbying on credit related collateral issues on behalf of SMEs.

As well as concentrating upon providing services for its members, HDCC has also started unique projects such as the Hambantota Youth Business Trust and the Career Services Centre and has sustained them for more than ten years. These projects are now being considered as possible programs that could expand across the country. Early in the 1990's, HDCC first started lobbying on credit related collateral issues on behalf of SMEs; today, the results of this work are seen in the existence of the Southern Chamber Credit Guarantee Fund.
In 2002, after the signing of the ceasefire agreement, the HDCC recognised the role that the business community could play in promoting peace and conflict resolution. Through its participation in the Business for Peace Alliance, HDCC has helped the BPA operate effectively at a regional business level.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami pushed the country into a period of great uncertainty but HDCC responded to the crisis and emerged as a unifying force acting as a champion for local ownership of the relief, recovery and re-development of the District.
Through its work in the community and its exceptional service to Chamber members, HDCC continues to grow and work towards its goal of becoming self-sustaining. The Chamber proudly holds national and international partnerships with acclaim and looks forward to upcoming success as it prepares for its 25th year.
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Director Board
Name
Designation
01. Mr. K.A.H. Padmalal
: - President
02. Mr. D.W. Anura Upul  
: - Senior Vice President
03. Mr. M.Chaminda
: - Vice President
04. Mr. Sudantha Akmeemana
: - Immediate Past President
05. Mr. Suresh De Mel
: - Director
06. Mr. Sisira D. Jayasinghe
: - Director
07. Mr. Sunil Abeysooriya
: - Director
08. Ms. Vishaka Darshani Bandara.
: - Director
09. Mr. Samapala Manamperi
: - Director
10. Mr. Nihal Asoka Egodage
: - Director
11. Mr. N.N.Samarasinghe
: - Director
12. Ms. W.S. Chithra Sumanaseeli 
: - Director
13. Mr. S.J.L.K. Mannakkara
: - Director
14. Mr. Jayantha Peiris
: - Director
15. Mr. Rohan L. Fernando
: - Director
16. Mr. G.B. Nimal Premathilaka
: - Director
17. Ms. W.M. Shiyani
: - Director
18. Mr. Nihal Gunasekara
: - Director
19. Mr. G.A.Sunil Shantha
: - Director
20. Mr. Gamini Abeysekara
: - Director
21. Mr. K.T.Dickumbura
: - Director
22. Mr. M.I. Hameed
: - Director
23. Mr. Anura Sanathchandra
: - Director
24. Mr. Deepal Abeysinghe : - Director
25. Mr. Sumith Kumarasinghe : - Director
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President

Mr. Hemantha Padmalal
Managing Director
Premadasa Insustries

Past Presidents
These professionals stay active with the organization long after their terms as president. Their participation includes chairing communities, leading special projects among other vital work for the Chamber.

1993-1995, 1997-1998

Mr. M. Azmi Thassim,
Managing Director,
M.R.Thassim & Company (pvt) Ltd.

1996 – 1997

Mr. Keerthi Munasinghe,
Managing Director,
Singhe Group of Companies.

1998 – 1999

Mr. G. S. Mahanama,
Managing Director,
Mahanama Company (pvt)Ltd.

2000-2001

Mr. S. R. G. Dhammika,
Proprietor,
Mangala Book Shop.

2002-2003

Mr. Tilar Nadugala,
Proprietor,
Sarath Saw Mill.

2004-2005

Mr. M. Ganesha Siriwardena,
Proprietor,
Tissa Inn.

2006-2007

Mr. J. K. A. Samson Abeykoon
Proprietor,
Achira Builders (Pvt) Ltd.

2008-2009

Mr. K. Liyanaarachchi
Managing Director,
Liyanarachchi Builders (Pvt) Ltd.

2010 - 2011

Mr. I.K. Kumara Jayasinghe
Managing Director,
Saranga Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd.

2012-2013

Mr. Alhaj M. Shaheed Usuph
Managing Director,
Al Najath Import & Export (Pvt)Ltd.

2014 - 2015

Mr. Sudantha Akmeemana
Managing Director,
Thima Jewelers.

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Committees

EXECUTIVE & POLICY COMMITTEE

HYBP PROJECT EVALUATION COMMITTEE

Committee Members
Designation
Committee Members
Designation
Mr. D.W.Anura Upul  
: - Chairman
Mr. Keerthi Munasinghe
: - Chairman
Mr. K.A.H. Padmalal
: - Member
Mr. W.K.P.L. Kumara
: - Vice Chairman
Mr. Sudantha Akmeemana
: - Member
Mr. K.A.H. Padmalal
: - Member
Mr. M.Chaminda
: - Member
Mr. T.S. Amith
: - Member