• Three-day ‘Israel-Sri Lanka Business Forum’ on 25 June

    02/01/2017
    Three-day ‘Israel-Sri Lanka Business Forum’ on 25 June

    The Sri Lankan Embassy in Israel in collaboration with the Export Development Board in Sri Lanka, Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka, LR Group in Israel and the Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce in Israel, has organised a ‘Business Forum’ for the Sri Lankan and Israeli business communities from 25 to 27 June, in order to strengthen bilateral, commercial, trade, cultural and other relations between the two friendly nations.
    Main topics to be dealt with will include tourism, technology, water, energy, medical, apparel, employment, agriculture, green house cultivation, diary, fish, flora and fauna, diamonds, gems, jewellery, rubber, hospital, pharmaceuticals, highways, construction and any other topics by the prospective delegates based on their requirements.

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  • Sri Lankas' Participation at SIAL - 2014

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankas' Participation at SIAL - 2014

    Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with the Consulate General Office in Toronto, Canada organized the Sri Lanka’s participation at SIAL Canada 2014. . Five Sri Lankan food & Beverages exporting companies participated in the programme.

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  • Rishad Leading Strong Biz Delegation to Kunming Kick-Off

    02/01/2017
    Rishad Leading Strong Biz Delegation to Kunming Kick-Off

    As bilateral trade with China crossed $ 3 Bn, one of the biggest ever trade and business delegations from Sri Lanka is flying to grace the 22nd Kunming international Fair in China which kicks off tomorrow June 06.

    “Sri Lanka has been taking part in this event when it was held for the first time in Beijing in 2007. With one of the biggest EDB supported delegations, we are hopeful of good results this year as well” said an upbeat Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce) on the eve of 04 June.

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  • International Education Fair 2014 Male A Promotion of Sri Lankan Education in Maldives

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    International Education Fair 2014 Male A Promotion of Sri Lankan Education in Maldives

    “International Education Fair 2014”; an annual education promotion programme will be held on 13th& 14th June at the Art Gallery - Malé. This s being organized for the fourth consecutive time and this time it is being organized as a national event by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka High Commission in Maldives and Millennium Concepts –Maldives. AOD – The International Design Campus – Sri Lanka joins hands with them as the Gold Sponsor. This promotional programme mainly includes the “Study in Sri Lanka” concept and these two day exhibition will be followed by few Networking meetings with the Ministry of Education Malé.

    The Maldivian Government encourages deserving Maldivian students to pursue higher studies overseas by granting education funding. There is also a constant growing demand among the youth to study overseas. There were 1,000 Scholarships which have been announced by the President in March 2014.   Promoting study opportunities, raising awareness of the company profile or generating sales leads can be achieved by participating in this event.

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  • EDB PAVILION AT FACETS SRI LANKA 2014

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    02/01/2017
    EDB PAVILION AT FACETS SRI LANKA 2014

    An ideal opportunity for SMEs

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) will be organizing a special pavilion at FACETS SRI LANKA – International Gem & Jewellery Show 2014 to be held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center from 04th to 07th September 2014.

    Objective The objective of organizing this special pavilion is to give an opportunity for the SME Gem & Jewellery manufacturers to showcase their products and make use of the event as a platform for them to enter into the international market.

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  • Certificate Course in Packaging Technology - 2014

    02/01/2017
    Certificate Course in Packaging Technology - 2014


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  • 6th FOOTWEAR & LEATHER FAIR 2014

    6th FOOTWEAR & LEATHER FAIR 2014 7TH TO 9TH FEBRUARY 2014 BMICH- COLOMBO

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    6th FOOTWEAR & LEATHER FAIR 2014

    The Footwear & Leather fair 2014 was ceremonially inaugurated by Hon Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Economic Development. Hon Rishard Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce, Hon Lakshman Wasantha Perera, Deputy Minister of Industry & Commerce and Hon. Weerakumara Dissanayaka, Deputy Minister of Traditional industries & Small Enterprise Development were the Guests of honor at this event. Large gathering of diplomats form countries namely Iraq, Italy, Vietnam, Netherlands, Iran, Nigeria, Indonesia, Turkey, India, France, European Union, Libya, Romania, Cuba, Malaysia and Germany was presented at the opening ceremony.

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  • Lankan exporters invited to utilize Pakistan’s GSP Plus with EU

    02/01/2017
    Lankan exporters invited to utilize Pakistan’s GSP Plus with EU

    Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Major General Qasim Qureshi made an open invitation to Sri Lankan exporters to utilize the current Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP) scheme Pakistan enjoys with the European Union (EU) and expand trade between the two countries through the existing free trade agreement (FTA).

    “Pakistan’s new GSP plus scheme with the EU is an opportunity for Sri Lankan exporters. For that we should jointly explore whatever is possible within the rules and regulations of the trade concession,” Qureshi said during a discussion held at the National Chamber of Commerce, recently.

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  • SRI LANKA: Apparel exports exceed $4bn target

    02/01/2017
    SRI LANKA: Apparel exports exceed $4bn target

    Sri Lanka's apparel and textile sector exported a record US$4.3bn in2013 and its Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has predictedoverseas sales will continue rising this year.

    The JAAF president Noel Piyatilake told just-style the industry istargeting an ambitious target of US$6bn in exports by 2020, making SriLanka one of the world's top 10 apparel exporting countries.

    Piyatilake is also hoping to gain extra leverage from planned tradeagreements. "We have made several representations to the Sri Lankangovernment to explore the option of entering into preferential treatmentagreements with several countries including China, Japan, India, Braziland Russia, which will benefit our sector immensely," he explained.

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  • Footwear, leather fair exhibition attracts foreign buyers

    02/01/2017
    Footwear, leather fair exhibition attracts foreign buyers

    The sixth edition of the Footwear and Leather Fair 2014 exhibition organized by Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Industrial Development Board and Footwear and Leather Products Manufacturers Association kicked off yesterday at the BMICH.

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  • Lankans seek to dress the Chinese

    02/01/2017
    Lankans seek to dress the Chinese

    Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is looking towards China this year aimed at finding new brands and increasing chances of promoting garment exports via a new gateway with trade concessions for its existing buyers to the East Asian partner.

    But reasons for the shift in market focus would also be due to the fact that industries need to align themselves with wherever the free trade agreements (FTA) are entered into by the government, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association Chairman Yohan Lawrnce told the Business Times.

    The Chinese market is said to have grown in addition to a good demand for luxury goods due to the large spending capacity by its locals. As a result of the rising income levels this new emerging market was today becoming a brand and quality conscious market.

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  • Apparel exports top US$ 4.3 bn in 2013

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    Apparel exports top US$ 4.3 bn in 2013

    Apparel exports in 2013 have reached an all time record of US$ 4.3 billion compared with US$ 3.8 billion in 2012," said Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) acting Chairman Noel Priyatilleke.

    Speaking at the JAFF 10th Annual General Meeting he said that nevertheless, the challenge ahead of us is not only to sustain this business but also to grow because the Government expects Sri Lankan apparel, tea and rubber to fetch a turnover of US$ 10 billion by 2016 and Sri Lankan apparel has also to be among the first ten apparel exporter countriesof the world by 2020.

    The time has come for us to explore all possible avenues to reach this target and I do believe that Sri Lankan apparel can achieve it, because of the visionary leadership given by the stalwarts of our industry coupled with the business friendly environment created by our Government. Let us get together to perform this task.

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  • Cinnamon To The World

    02/01/2017
    Cinnamon To The World

    ' Cinnamon To The World' event streaming live on "www.cinnamontotheworld.com/events.php" at 3.00 p.m. Sri Lankan Time

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  • More than 800,000 metric tons of fruits, veggies by Lanka

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    More than 800,000 metric tons of fruits, veggies by Lanka

    Sri Lanka produces more than 800,000 metric tons of fresh fruit and vegetables annually while around 90 per cent of her processed food is being exported to the European Union market.

    In addition, Sri Lanka is utilizing improved techniques in crop cultivation, especially under poly tunnels. Optimum input application, pest and disease control, post-harvest management and quality packaging are other features of our food production sector, Export Development Board Directoress Jeevani Siriwardena said.She was addressing joint talks between Maldives and Sri Lankan business delegations earlier this week.

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  • Maldives-Sri Lanka, 'a unique friendship'

    02/01/2017
    Maldives-Sri Lanka, 'a unique friendship'

    Head of the Maldivian delegation Quasim Ibrahim addressing business entrepreneurs at the Maldives-Sri Lanka interactive business session on Tuesday said that the Maldives and Sri Lanka had been enjoying a unique friendship born of traditional ties in ethnicity, language and culture. These bonds signified historical ties that date back hundreds of years. The relationship had been served well by geographic proximity, frequent travel and brisk trade.

    The session was organized by the Sri-Lanka Maldives Bilateral Business Council in association with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and was held at the Hilton.

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  • EU, Lanka annual trade volume exceeds US$ 5 b

    02/01/2017
    EU, Lanka annual trade volume exceeds US$ 5 b

    Sri Lanka will continue to receive the benefit of the European Union (EU) GSP facility for another 10 years beginning from January this year, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen said yesterday.

    He said the EU has been Sri Lanka’s largest trade partner next to the United States and the bilateral trade volume exceeds US $ 5 billion a year.

    “Total trade between Sri Lanka and EU which was at US $ 3 billion in 2004 rose to US $ 4,946.18 million in 2012. Apparel, diamonds, tea and rubber products became the major export items,” he said.

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  • Sri Lanka’s Garment Exports to EU, US Jumps 30% in Sept’13

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka’s Garment Exports to EU, US Jumps 30% in Sept’13

    The exports of garments from the island nation of Sri Lanka to its major export destinations of the EU and the US recorded a remarkable growth of 30.7 percent year-on-year and 32.2 percent year-on-year, respectively, in September 2013, according to a press release issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

    The sharp growth in Sri Lankan apparel exports to the EU and the US reflect the recovery in those economies, the statement said.

    Sri Lanka’s textiles and garment sector as a whole posted a significant growth of 27.7 percent year-on-year during the month to register US$ 386.9 million, according to the Central Bank data.

    From January to September 2013, Sri Lanka’s total textiles and apparel exports stood at US$ 3.126 billion, showing a rise of 5.2 percent over exports of US$ 2.972 billion made during the corresponding period of last year.

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  • Spice, allied products turnover to reach US$ 500 mn by 2015

    02/01/2017
    Spice, allied products turnover to reach US$ 500 mn by 2015

    The demand for value added cinnamon products such as cinnamon leaf oil, bark oil, crushed cinnamon and ground cinnamon for confectionery and other food related industries has increased in the world. Sri Lanka is planning to double cinnamon export earnings by increasing value addition of cinnamon.

    Sri Lanka is the largest supplier of cinnamon exports to the world spice market, producing about 85% of international output. However, Sri Lanka ranks well below in value added cinnamon exports to the world market. Other competitor countries make huge profits by adding value to cinnamon exported from Sri Lanka, while Sri Lanka is losing profit due to exporting more raw cinnamon.

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  • Ministry of Economic Development of the Democratic : Reflection of Sri Lanka International exhibition from November 13 to 17

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    02/01/2017
    Ministry of Economic Development of the Democratic : Reflection of Sri Lanka International exhibition from November 13 to 17

    The exposition on Trade, Tourism and Investment titled 'Reflection of Sri Lanka' is set to take place in parallel with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in November 13 to 17, 2013 at the Battaramulla Ape Gama premises(Jana Kala Kendraya). This event would be the biggest of its kind, happening in Sri Lanka, with the registered participation of 520 exporters under one roof, accommodating 968 stalls.

    Reflection of Sri Lanka International Exhibition on Trade, Tourism and Investment organized by the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Industry and Commerce together with Export Development Board(EDB), Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Board of Investment(BOI).

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  • Lanka’s export revenue to reach US$ 11 billion mark

    02/01/2017
    Lanka’s export revenue to reach US$ 11 billion mark

    Sri Lanka’s total export revenue is expected to reach US$ 11 billion mark by the end of this year, Export Development Board Chairman and CEO Bandula Egodage said

    -“This is not an easy task, but we hope to reach the $ 11 billion export revenue mark by end of this year. As of September our total export value for 2013 is recorded at US$ 7314 million, which is a 1.07% increase in comparison to the same period in 2012. Our exports are now gradually strengthening despite the international market challenges. We have also set an export target of US$ 15 billion by 2015 and $ 20 billion by 2020. Apparel and tea exports currently account for over 40% and 20% of total exports from Sri Lanka respectively.

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