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Career Service Center
The Career Services Centre was established by the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce with the support of " World University Services of Canada (WUSC) in 1996."

Objectives :-
  • Gather information on skilled job seekers. (JSS)
  • Provide information to JSS on gainful employment.
  • Provide gainful employment opportunities for job seekers.
  • Cater to HR need of employer for trainees.
  • To strengthen Vocational Training Centre (VTC) and  inform them
    about the industry needs to update their course programmes.
Services:-
  • Provides a job placement service to employers that meet their need to recruit suitable young people.
  • Provides counseling to young people regarding their job choices and direct them to opportunities to develop their qualifications and skills where it is appropriate.
  • Maintains a database on young people, which will be used as information for employers.
  • Provides a job matching and placement service for young people.
  • Provides information on available vocational training and refers to training opportunities.
  • Correct and efficient selection of the candidates from our database for the suitable organizations from.
  • Pre-selection interviews are available to ensure that candidates are perfectly matched for company needs.
  • Fast, trustworthy referral services that meet specifications.
Contact : -

Ms. Sudhammika Wickramanayake [Manager – Hambantota Job Solutions]

CAREER SERVICE CENTRE,
Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce,
Tangalle Road,
Hambantota,
Sri Lanka.
Tel     
: +94 (0) 472220940/1
Fax
: +94 (0) 472220448
E-mail

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Economic Development Unit
   
 
Goal

 
To harness on behalf of the people and businesses of Hambantota, the potential of the existing and planned major economic development in the Hambantota District.
 
Objective
To reap the benefits of the ongoing and future government economic development projects in the District through a meaningful public-private partnership.
Description

The Economic Development initiative in HDCC is based upon the need to bring together all the development stakeholders under a common, agreed and well-coordinated programme, driven by a public-private sector partnership, and donor agencies, and in particular to gain maximum advantage for the District from the large-scale development projects now under way and proposed projects in the future. 

Large scale projects like the international port, the international airport, the oil refinery, as well as infrastructure development have been identified as the agents of economic development and the Chamber is now working with its partners to draw up a carefully-planned and agreed programme for implementation based on extensive discussions with all stakeholders.  Consultation and a convergence of ideas is an absolute necessity to make true economic development a reality.

For almost 15 years the mission of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce has been to empower the business community, as the best way to enhance the economic prosperity of the District. The creation of the EDU - and the ability to tap into the international expertise of partners like Manchester Solutions - represent the culmination of the knowledge and understanding HDCC has acquired over a long period of time about the needs of the District and the opportunities and means to aid its development.

The Economic Development Strategy (EDS) has identified as perhaps the greatest challenge to the efficient and effective implementation of the major capital projects. Meeting this challenge involves:

 
  • Developing a clear and coherent common overall vision for the District
  • Ensuring effective communication of the vision and the overall plan for implementation
  • Engaging the local business community and population, both in developing the vision and plans for addressing it and in carrying them forward.
 

During the consultation process of the EDS, there has been a strong agreement on the importance of effective project direction and coordination. The preference of the project stakeholders was for the government to introduce a special mechanism, building on the current structures, which would have an equivalent effect like the Mahaweli Authority. It is critical that a single and clear line of command be established - fully endorsed and supported by the government - which will enable key decisions (on land allocation, primary land uses according to allocated zones for example) to be quickly and efficiently made. Without this clear line of command there would be great potential for bureaucratic delay and unnecessary escalations in cost. The task in hand for the EDU is to carry forward, in addition to the above initiatives, more concrete actions with policy level endorsement of the government.
Expected Outputs from the Economic Development Strategy
  • EDS consultation process conducted and EDS improved and upgraded
  • A comprehensive Information System on ED established and operationalized and supporting studies and researches commissioned
  • Public - Private partnerships through periodic consultation sustained
  • New ED-based investments promoted, brought-in and established  
  • Exposure Visits to members and stakeholders facilitated
  • Technical Assistance for required key stakeholders provided
 
Contact : -


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UNIT,
Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce,
Tangalle Road,
Hambantota,
Sri Lanka.

Tel
:+94 (0) 472220940/1
Fax
:+94 (0) 472220448
Email

Hambantota Youth Business Program  
HYBP is an accredited initiative of Youth Business International (YBI), part of the Prince of Wale's Business Leaders Forum. The programme is modelled on the Prince's Youth Business Trust (PYBT) U.K. While the HYBP programme includes a credit component, the model primarily aims to provide business development services to its clients, particularly through the unique business mentor approach developed by PYBT and found to be highly successful. Since August 1997, HYBP has granted credit to 115 aspiring young entrepreneurs for a variety of activities. It has released 4.6 million rupees in loans ranging from Rs.10, 000/- to Rs.200, 000/-. Plans for the future include expansion of the project to the national level, thus benefiting an ever increasing number of young people
HYBP Objectives :-
  • To reduce unemployment among youth.
  • To alleviate poverty through income generation.
  • To reduce youth unrest & avoid conflicts.
  • To develop an entrepreneurial culture among young people.
  • To recycle the experience & energy of business people into their local communities.
Are you aged 18-35 unemployed or underemployed?  Do you have an idea for a business but are unable to raise the capital you need from anywhere else? We may be able to help you get up and running. With support from HYBP, you could get
  • A start-up loan.
  • Ongoing advice from a volunteer business mentor.
  • Access to local business networks.
  • Access to training workshops and trade fairs.
Conatct : -

Mr. J.H.M.A.J.Bandara [Senior Coordinator]

HAMBANTOTA YOUTH BUSINESS PROGRAMME,
Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce,
Tangalle Road,
Hambantota,
Sri Lanka.
Tel    
: +94 (0) 472220940/1
Fax   
: +94 (0) 472220448
Email
tourism
Tourism
Hambantota is one of the largest districts in Sri Lanka rich with heritage, culture and wild life. History of the region, which was called “Magama” or “Mahagama” in the ancient days, relates back to the arrival of Aryans who are the ancestors of Sinhalese people. Going further back there is evidences that the great King Rawana of the Indian epic “Ramayana” had his kingdom in this region. The region is famous not only with legends from the great ancient kings who were born in the region but was also famous during the colonial era as well with legendaries of the famous Englishman, Leonard Wolf the Government Agent of Hambantota, and the Boer, Van Engelbracht the first Caretaker of the Yala national park.   
The tourism industry of the district is not confined only to the beach resorts of the coastal belt which is the longest of the island. Rich with bio diversity ideal for eco holidays, the district boasts in having the most number of nature reserves such as Yala, Kalametiya, Rekawa, Nimalawa, and Bundala, which is the only nature reserve in the island declared as a Ramsar site.
Emphasizing the unlimited potential and opportunities the district offers for the tourism sector, Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) developed the slogan “Hambantota – Sri Lanka’s Deep South” to draw attention to the region as a whole. Over the years, HDCC has undertaken numerous activities to uplift the tourism industry in the district with the active participation and assistance of the Manchester Solutions, affiliated to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Mercy Corps of USA. Providing the leadership to promote the “Deep South” concept, HDCC has also appointed a Committee of local stakeholders in the tourism industry to organise programmes in a professional manner. The main objectives of this Tourism Development Committee are, to
  • promote Hambantota District as a tourist destination,
  • improve the quality of tourist products and services in the area and
  • to educate the local community on the importance and possibilities of tourism
Already the impact has been made in the travel sector with the members of the Tourism Committee participating at the WTM 2006 and 2007 in London and by launching a website www.deepsouth.lk exclusively to promote Hambantota District
Contact : -

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT UNIT,
Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce,
Tangalle Road,
Hambantota,
Sri Lanka..
Tel
: +94 (0) 472220940/1
Fax
: +94 (0) 472220448
Email
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