By: Staff Writer
Colombo (LNW): The Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) has urged the Government to engage business leaders in the policy making process to ensure fair, sustainable and economically sound decisions.
This call was made during its 24th Anniversary Celebrations held recently. The event was attended by the Chief Guest, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena
The Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) comprises more than 116 prominent individuals who serve as chairmen and controlling shareholders of some of the most influential companies in Sri Lanka.
It has over 500 member organisations and is affiliated with nearly 50 business chambers in the country.
The organisation is managed and controlled by young entrepreneurs but also boasts a number of senior and respected business leaders who joined the organisation during its formative years to help shape COYLE into what it is today.
The Chamber actively promotes entrepreneurship, the development of rural communities, and thought leadership.
In adherence to the organisation’s strongly held principles and as a mandatory service to the community, COYLE engages in countless CSR initiatives through its member companies around the country.
The Chamber provides leadership, learning and development for its members and stakeholders, and over the years, it has grown into a vehicle for business growth in Sri Lanka via its many local and global networks.
The past year was an exceptionally challenging one for all parties in the Sri Lankan economy.
Remarking on this, the COYLE Outgoing Chairman Dimuth Chankama Silva, stated during his address: “This year was the greatest test of our mettle. Even diamonds are born out of pressure. This year gave us the opportunity to shine through pressures from all directions.
He expressed the belief that the government authorities are alive and kicking enduring that businesses are growing and are conquering international markets and territories, and COYLE has grown in leaps and bounds.”
A notable emphasis was given to the introduction of the COYLE theme for the year 2023/24, Evolution: Resilience, Agility, and Transformation.
The Incoming Chairman Rasith Wickramasingha, stated: “Evolution is to upscale capability, enhance skills and increase creativity, innovate at a time of chaos, and re-imagine a new business environment. Evolution requires change – change in mindset, attitude, self-awareness and acumen of the surrounding environment as well as culture.”