• Sri Lanka seafood, apparel exports up in July

    18/10/2016 Economy Next

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    Sri Lanka seafood, apparel exports up in July

    Sri Lanka's seafood exports to the European Union picked up 19.9 percent in July 2016 from a year earlier, following the lifting of a ban, and apparel exports rose 3 percent, but lower commodity prices have hit petroleum and tea.  

    Exports fell 4.4 percent to $891.2 million in July 2016 from a year earlier and imports fell 6.6 percent to $1,432 million dollars, shrinking the trade balance 10 percent to $541 million, official data showed.

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  • Sri Lanka is ready for business

    14/10/2016

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    Sri Lanka is ready for business

    To achieve strong growth Sri Lanka has put in place a multifaceted framework to encourage business and get access to key markets around the world, said a top official at an international forum.

    The entire spectrum of economic changes planned by the Government to boost growth was outlined by Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama at the inauguration of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) on Wednesday. Given below is the full speech delivered by the Minister.  

    It is a great pleasure indeed to welcome all participants to the 16th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2016, and at the outset permit me to thank the individuals and institutions whose untiring efforts have enabled this forum to take place in Sri Lanka. 

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  • SheTrades rings message of entrepreneurship

    14/10/2016

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    SheTrades rings message of entrepreneurship

    International Trade State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe, Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce Chairperson Rifa Mustapha, ITC Executive Director Arancha González, Export Development Board Chairperson and CEO Indira Malwatte, Colombo Stock Exchange Chairman Vajira Kulathilake and Hettigoda Group Director Vidyani Hettigoda at the CSE bell ringing ceremony.

    A bell ringing ceremony was held at Colombo Stock Exchange yesterday to raise awareness about International Trade Centre’s (ITC) ‘SheTrades’ initiative, which seeks to connect one million women entrepreneurs to markets by 2020.

    The event was held in parallel with the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), organised by ITC in collaboration with Sri Lanka Export Development Board.


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  • Time to make trade happen

    12/10/2016

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    Time to make trade happen

    Thumbs up for Sri Lanka! International Trade Centre (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González believes its crunch time for the country.

    A robust trade agenda is essential for Sri Lanka to leapfrog competitors, believes International Trade Centre (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González, who is in Colombo to attend the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) sessions today that will also focus on SMEs and foster direct engagement between businesses.     

    ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the World Trade Organization. Gonzalez is in Colombo this week to meet with key Government officials and attend the sessions of the WEDF on Wednesday and Thursday. The forum has been billed as one of the largest trade promotions forums to date with hundreds of local and foreign companies participating in nearly 3,000 “speed dating” sessions during the next two days.   

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  • World Export Development Forum

    07/10/2016

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    World Export Development Forum

    The much anticipated 16th edition of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) is held at the BMICH from 12th to 13th of October 2016. The forum represents a momentous occasion for all those who intend to explore the new trade and development landscape and identify the current and emergent trade opportunities & trends.

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  • Jeevani new DG at EDB

    03/10/2016 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Jeevani new DG at EDB

    Jeevani Siriwardena (right) receives her letter of appointment as DG of Export Development Board from Development strategies and International trade State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe as EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte looks on

    Jeevani Siriwardena has been appointed the new Director General of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).

    She joined EDB as a Management Trainee in 1984. She counts over 20 years of experience at EDB in Product Management and over 10 years in the Market Development Divisions of EDB.

    She handled the product and market development activities of the apparel export sector during its early growth phase and also led the development activities of the other industrial and agricultural product sectors.

    Siriwardena has led several overseas marketing missions involving the private sector while also being a part of a number of presidential business delegations. She has extensive foreign market exposure, including in countries such as the US, Europe, South Africa, Japan, China and India. She also served as the Officer in Charge of the EDB-initiated Sri Lanka Trade Centre in Chennai for 15 months.

    For a span of two years she worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Colombo, prior to joining EDB.

    She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Special Degree (second class) in 1982 and a Master’s in Business Studies (Merit) from the University of Colombo. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

    Siriwardena had her primary education in Matara where her father served as the AGA and then entered University from Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo where she obtained colours for tennis and won the national junior and juvenile silver medal for badminton.

    At Colombo University she got colours for tennis, badminton and table tennis and captained the men’s and women’s tennis team of the University of Colombo in 1982, winning the Inter-University Challenge Trophy. 


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