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Monday, 8 June 2009

GM Chamber takes home World Chamber Award

The Chamber was triumphant at the World Chamber Congress last Friday - we took home the award for Best Networking Project in recognition of our work to revitalise the Hambantota district, in southern Sri Lanka, an area seriously affected by the tsunami of 2004.

For the last four years, Greater Manchester Chamber and our service delivery arm, Manchester Solutions have worked on a number of projects with Hambantota Chamber to help the economic recovery of the district. These have included an economic development strategy and the promotion of tourism in the area, as well as direct support to the Hambantota Commerce itself.

Representatives from our two Chambers presented their work to the international judging panel as part of the 6th World Chambers Congress held last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Drew Thomas, Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester Solutions said: "This award is great recognition for the work that our Chambers have undertaken over the last four years. We have made major advances in supporting the Hambantota Chamber to contribute to the District's economic and social recovery. We are very proud of our partnership and work with colleagues in Sri Lanka and there is still much that we will do."

Azmi Thassim, Director General of Hambantota Chamber said: "Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Solutions have significantly enhanced the capability of Hambantota Chamber to help its members as well as the wider Hambantota District and we are delighted that together, our work has gained such recognition."

The World Chambers Competition, organized by the ICC World Chambers Federation, is the only global awards programme to recognize the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world. The 2009 edition of the World Chambers Competition attracted 48 entries from 31 countries.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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