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* Australia calls for inclusive business partnerships in Sri Lanka to help COVID-19 recovery
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 08:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 15, Colombo: The Australian Government under its Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) has called for inclusive business partnerships to help improve livelihoods in Sri Lanka and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian High Commission in Colombo announced.

The BPP is a flagship initiative of the Australian Government. It supports partnerships with businesses to deliver sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, while also ensuring commercial returns for businesses.

“Business will play a central role in rebuilding Sri Lanka’s economy as it recovers from COVID-19, and this exciting opportunity to partner with the Australian Government can support positive change through improved livelihood opportunities, enhanced gender equality and an inclusive economic recovery,” said David Holly, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

The BPP can co-finance with businesses to support COVID-19 economic recovery by establishing partnerships that contribute to digitalization, skills development for workers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, economic opportunities for women, or green recovery.

In Sri Lanka, partnerships are sought in the following sectors:

  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Agriculture technology and fisheries
  • Online education and education technology
  • Financial inclusion
  • Applications for proposals opened from 14 September 2020, and will close on 04 November 2020. Businesses can apply individually or in a consortium. Businesses can receive from AU$ 100,000 to AU$500,000 in funding to scale successful business initiatives for social impact.

    Businesses with a commercial idea that could make a lasting social impact are encouraged to contact the Australian High Commission in Colombo, or visit: for further information. Applications close 4 November 2020.

    To participate in an information session, register online at

    For more information:

    Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sivasuthan Ramanathan, Program Manager, Australian High Commission,

    Canberra, Australia: Corinne Roberts, Communications Manager, the Business Partnerships Platform


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