AmCham Sri Lanka convenes discussion to spark Private Sector led action on the retention and re-absorption of women in the workforce in honour of International Women’s Month

The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (AmCham Sri
Lanka) on 1st March 2023, convened a roundtable discussion with the participation of over 60
C-suite representatives of the private sector across over 20 industries, to discuss, dissect and
design solutions to the age-old problem of attrition of women.
Setting the context, the Head of Chamber of AmCham SL – Vrai Raymond said, “as many of us
know first-hand, many women opt to leave the workforce after marriage or after the birth of a
child, or when the burden of childcare, elder care, or a combination of these things makes a
work-life balance under existing norms impossible. This leads to a significant decrease in
female participation in the labor force and the loss of a valuable resource. Women’s
participation in the workforce is vital both for individual and for economic development, and in
recognizing the importance for society to promote and support this we take a very important
step toward achieving empowerment and embracing equity.”
Chief Guest at the occasion was Ambassador of the United States of America in Sri Lanka, HE
Julie. J. Chung, who in her keynote address drew attention to the fact that “it is estimated that
Sri Lanka could add USD 20 billion to its annual GDP by 2025 if women actively participate in
the workforce.”
A White Paper outlining the recommendations of the Private Sector for a national-level action
plan will be presented to the Government of Sri Lanka, while best practices and innovative
solutions adopted by the private sector organizations represented will be used to design
capacity-building learnings across the AmCham membership.
The forum was conducted in collaboration with Great Place To Work- Sri Lanka, Verité
Research and hosted by the Hilton Colombo.

About AMCHAM Sri Lanka:

The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (AmCham SL), is one of the most influential
and prestigious business chambers in the island, recognized as the leading forum for the
facilitation and development of trade, investment and business relations between Sri Lanka and
the United States. AmCham SL is an Association whose stakeholders are its near 400
members, made up of top blue-chip organizations in the island and provides its members a
multi-dimensional resource network that delivers information, tools and knowledge they need to
succeed in bilateral business relations between the two Nations through information share,
LQAs, Seminars, Workshops, B2G and B2B networking and exclusive connect & advisory

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