"The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has identified areas for improving its business advocacy and analytical work. One of the main learnings has been how we can strengthen and capitalize our existing network in Sri Lanka. It is very important for us to work together with other private sector chambers as well as public institutions to lobby for certain things to achieve bigger impact.
"In this regard, the Chamber of Commerce has already put into practice the skills gained through the project and organised a round of consultations for the private sector and with other Chambers to provide inputs to free trade agreement negotiations. As a result, very effective feedback was provided by the private sector, helping the negotiations team to schedule commitments in the current negotiations on trade in services.
"We at the Chamber are now putting into place some major steps towards digitization and improving our presence on social media platforms, which will be an important mechanism for the Chamber’s future advocacy work. The training provided by the project in Brussels highlighted that we could use digital platforms to improve our communications as well as visibility not just for members but for a larger segment of the society to advocate the positive outcome for our economy."