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The BMO Partnership (KVP) Programme

OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association is the German implementing oganisation from 1 November 2023 to 31 October 2026, within the framework of a Business Membership Organisation Partnership (KVP) with the foreign project partners, the Northern Chamber of Industries (NCI) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The KVP Sri Lanka is part of the collaboration offering with economic actors of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under the umbrella brand Partners in Transformation, which is coordinated through sequa gGmbH.

Initial Situation and Project Objective

The primary goal of German development cooperation with Sri Lanka is political stabilization of the country and the promotion of a national reconciliation process after decades of ethnic tensions and violence.

Sri Lanka's economic development is still heavily influenced by regional disparities, with a large portion of the GDP being generated in and around Colombo.

There are numerous micro-enterprises, which make up the majority of all registered private companies in the country. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are found mainly in the manufacturing industry, particularly in food production and processing, rubber processing, and the textile industry.

The KVP aims to improve the economic conditions for SMEs in the northern region of Sri Lanka, especially for female founders, managers, and entrepreneurs. To achieve this, the aim is to effectively and sustainably address the needs of the members of the two partners and represent their business interests.

Project Measures

To achieve the project objectives, the project focuses on three main areas: further organizational development of the partner chambers, the development and introduction of tailored services for the member companies of the partner chambers, and professional advocacy.

In the coming years, various workshops are planned, including topics such as membership development, preparation of financial and business plans with cost analysis, advocacy, and much more. These trainings will be conducted by employees of the OAV as well as by German, international, and local experts.

Partner Organisations

Northern Chamber of Industry (NCI)

Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC)