Advocata Institute an independent policy think tank based in Colombo, recently launched a study on removing barriers to micro and small entrepreneurs (MSEs) through regulatory and legislative reform.
The economic contributions of MSEs are seen as one of the major driving forces pushing economic growth.
However, regulations that govern these businesses can be a deterrent. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by Sri Lanka’s small businesses, Advocata is launching a story competition within this study.
It invites individuals to submit their 600-800 word stories, be it personal or about someone they know, on the barriers faced by MSEs today.
The stories should also detail changes to the current system entrepreneurs think are needed, in order to overcome these challenges.
Stories are accepted in Sinhala, Tamil, or English. The individual whose story wins first place will receive LKR 100,000. Second place will receive LKR 50,000 and third place will receive LKR 25,000.
In addition to this, all shortlisted entries will receive valuable consolation prizes. The judges for this competition include Achala Samaradiwakara, Rukmankan Sivaloganathan, and Anushka Wijesinghe.
Further information can be found on the competition website More details: https://mystory.advocata.org/