The BMO Partnership (KVP) Programme

The OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association is the German project sponsor for the period November 01, 2020 to October 31, 2023 within the framework of the BMO Partnership Porgramme with the foreign project partner,  the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Yarlpanam (CCIY) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The delegation of the German economy in Sri Lanka is a cooperation partner. The delegation of the German economy in Sri Lanka is a cooperation partner. The BMO Programme is funded through the  Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and coordinated by sequa gGmbH.

Initial Position und 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. Regional inequalities still strongly characterize Sri Lanka's economic growth, with much of the GDP still produced in and around Colombo. There are several micro-enterprises that make up the  majority of all registered private enterprises in the country. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are primarily located in the manufacturing sector and in particular, in the food production and processing, rubber processing and textile industries.

The Chambers and Associations Partnership Programme (KVP) pursues the aim of developing the economic framework for SMEs in northern Sri Lanka. To this end, the goal is to serve the needs of CCIY members sustainably and competently and to represent their business interests.

Project Measures

To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the partnership program has held a two-day virtual Detailed Planning Workshop with all project partners and the project coordinator sequa. On this occasion the activities for the next three years, together with a basic timeline have been mutually decided on.

For the next years advocacy workshops and committee works, trainings on financial and business planning with cost analysis, membership management and much more is planned. The staff assigned is recruited from the OAV and partners as well as from among other German, international, and local experts

Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Yarlpanam (CCIY)

The CCIY is a Jaffna-based Chamber of Industry and Commerce which by supporting its members in the Northern Province, contributes to sustainably shaping economic development in the former war zone, thereby also reducing regional inequalities. Established in 1999 and with over 150 members, the Chamber will decisively shape growth in the region and draw foreign investors. Among other things, the tourism industry, the agricultura lsector and the fishing industry are very promising industries.