16 Dec - The Independence Market for Local Entrepreneurs was launched.
Sri Lanka’s first Shoppertainment Experience - Independence Market was launched at the Independence Arcade on December 12, 2020 in the presence of Chief Guest - (Dr.) Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Trade for Sri Lanka and Guest of Honour - Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth & Sports for Sri Lanka.
The launch event which provides attendees with live music and entertainment welcomed over 50 local entrepreneurs from the food & beverage, arts & crafts,handloom & batik industries.
With the primary objective of the Independence Market to support and empower local entrepreneurs given the prevailing economic conditions, the project also welcomed new partners - Bathiya & Santhush of ‘Showtown’ - to further promote their upcoming weekly events as they aid in creating a sustainable network of local entrepreneurs.
Commenting on the successful launch of the Independence Market - Founder, Company - Udara Rathnayake said “The concept behind the Independence Market is to support local vendors to grow, providing them with an opportunity or rather a market-place where they have access to potential customers.”
The Independence Market’s goal is to provide a marketplace for Sri Lankan entrepreneurs who produce export quality products, considering the current global economy and export markets. The Independence Market also hopes to expand internationally to assist more entrepreneurs with the opportunity to reach a larger audience.