• EDB to Groom 2,000 Entrepreneurs

    20/03/2017 by Sunday Observer

    02/01/2017
    EDB to Groom 2,000 Entrepreneurs

    EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte

    The Export Development Board (EDB), the apex body for exports in the country, has embarked on a program to groom 2,000 entrepreneurs to enter the global export market which will result in many trickle down benefits to the economy.

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  • Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Sri Lankan Blue Swimmer Crab

    17/03/2017

    02/01/2017
    Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Sri Lankan Blue Swimmer Crab

    The Sri Lankan blue swimmer crab fishery is a coastal fishery industry, which operates in the relatively shallow waters of Southern tips of Gulf of Mannar across the Palk Straits to the Southern boundary of the Bay of Bengal. 

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  • Gem Lapidaries in Sri Lanka - Attuned to the fine art of Gem Cutting in Sri Lanka

    17/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Gem Lapidaries in Sri Lanka - Attuned to the fine art of Gem Cutting in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has been celebrated for the brightest and the most valuable gemstones in the world and was suspected to be the locality of mythical ‘Tarshish’, the port city, which supplied King Solomon with gems, silver, pearls and ivory.

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  • Coconut Fiber Geo-Logs and Geotextiles in Environment Conservation

    17/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Coconut Fiber Geo-Logs and Geotextiles in Environment Conservation

    With the annual economic losses due to deforestation and land degradation estimated at a 1.5 – 3.4 trillion Euro in 2008, equaling 3.3 – 7.5% of global GDP in 2008, the world is fighting a losing battle against soil erosion and degradation caused by natural and man-made causes.

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  • Sri Lanka’s Gem Exports to China set to increase

    16/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka’s Gem Exports to China set to increase

    In the wake of the Free Trade Agreement between China & Sri Lanka to be finalized around March 2017 and of the recently signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) & Guangdong Gems and Jade Exchange (GDGJE), it’s on the cards that Sri Lankan gem exports to China, the world’s largest gem importer enjoying the lion’s share, that is, 76.8% of the world gem market - In financial terms, China’s gem imports amount to a whopping US $25.8 billion - will grow considerably.

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  • Educating a New Generation for a Better Future for Ceylon Cinnamon

    16/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Educating a New Generation for a Better Future for Ceylon Cinnamon

    Sri Lanka holds the monopoly for Ceylon Cinnamon or true cinnamon, the celebrated spice that changed the human history forever. Made from the bark of the small evergreen tree called Cinnamomum zelanicum, Ceylon Cinnamon’s unique fragrance and taste, as well as its remarkably low amounts of coumarin, had made it one of the most sought after spices made in Sri Lanka, ever since the world discovered the many uses of Ceylon Cinnamon.

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  • Ceylon Sapphire’s Star is Rising Due to Changing Market Trends

    12/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Sapphire’s Star is Rising Due to Changing Market Trends

    Sri Lanka was once again reaffirmed as the Rathnadweepa or ‘the isle of gems’ by the discovery of the biggest blue star sapphire from a mine in Rathnapura, the town of gems.

    Weighing an astonishing 1404 carats, the rare star sapphire now known as ‘Star of Adam’ was valued at over USD 300 million. Found during the fall of the year 2015, the star sapphire has evoked a greater interest and excitement among the global gem and jewelry traders.

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  • The Thriving Boat and Sea Craft Manufacturing Industry in Sri Lanka

    12/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    The Thriving Boat and Sea Craft Manufacturing Industry in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan boat manufacturers are seeing an increase in demand for pleasure, commercial and fishing boats following the International Boat and Fisheries Exhibition 2016 that was held at Dickowita Fishery Harbor in October last year.

    According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, the country is tipped to receive an income of Rs. 20 billion by exporting Sri Lankan made fishing vessels to European countries including the UK, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and France.

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  • Coco Peat based Growing Media from Sri Lanka for Greenhouse Cultivation

    11/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Coco Peat based Growing Media from Sri Lanka for Greenhouse Cultivation

    It’s no secret that Sri Lanka’s abundance of Coconut plantations is a significant source of export earnings and employment generation in that it gives rise to a number of industries from Coconut flour to desiccate to activated carbon to coir grow bags and everything in between. While it’s not as common as Coconut oil, desiccate & activated carbon exports, Coconut substrate based growing media are a lucrative exports industry. The industry has created an economic value for Coco peat, a byproduct of coir manufacturing industry, which had long been held as deleterious in terms of the fertility of land.

    Foremost among these growing media are coir grow bags, a product extensively used in greenhouses...

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  • Improving Sri Lanka’s Rubber Sector with New Breeds and Varieties

    11/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Improving Sri Lanka’s Rubber Sector with New Breeds and Varieties

    Sri Lanka, the cradle of the global rubber revolution and one of the eleven natural rubber growing countries in the world, only holds the tenth position among the eleven members of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) mainly due to the low production and yield of natural rubber.

    Due to the low yield in Sri Lankan rubber plantations and to the rising amounts of domestic consumption, Sri Lanka’s rubber exports have diminished from 120,900 metric tons in 1980 to a mere 16,300 metric tons in 2014, as per the statistics provided by the Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka.

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  • EDB impetus for product, tech upgrade for the export sector

    10/01/2017 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    EDB impetus for product, tech upgrade for the export sector

    The export sector of Sri Lanka which contributes nearly 20% to the country’s GDP, plays a vital role in achieving the development objectives of the government in terms of, employment generation poverty alleviation and enhancing foreign exchange earnings.

    The Government is pursuing an outward looking economic policy and is taking measures to integrate with the rest of the world to connect and compete to reach wider market access through deepening the existing FTAs with India and Pakistan, working on new trade agreements with Asian economies like China and Singapore and possible preferential trade agreements with Thailand, Malaysia and Turkey. All the above and the restoration of GSP+ in the year 2017 and initiatives to boost trade with USA will open up new opportunities for the export sector.

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  • EDB unveils ‘Info Point’ kiosk to enhance productivity

    09/01/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB unveils ‘Info Point’ kiosk to enhance productivity

    EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte unveiling the ‘Info Point’ kiosk at the ground floor of NDB-EDB Tower, while EDB officials look onThe Export Development Board (EDB) last week launched a self-service information kiosk, EDB Info Point, to facilitate walk-in visitors to promptly obtain information of its services.

    The use of the EDB Info Point will help exporters, potential exporters and the general public who visit EDB to obtain information about intended services such as product exports, market trends and trade statistics and to find a relevant contact point to acquire their requirements in an effective and efficient manner.

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  • To Coincide with H.E. the president's visit EDB facilitated B2B and product display at Sri Lanka Business forum in Malaysia

    02/01/2017 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    To Coincide with H.E. the president's visit EDB facilitated B2B and product display at Sri Lanka Business forum in Malaysia

    The EDB facilitated Sri Lankan leading exporters to have fruitful discussions with Malaysian counterparts during the Business Forum themed “Mutual Business Opportunities between Sri Lanka & Malaysia” which was held on the 15th of December, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with the participation of more than 300 top businessmen from Malaysia.

    A Sri Lankan product display was organized during the Business Forum showcasing high quality exportable products viz Ceylon Tea, Virgin Coconut oil, Cashew, Confectionery products, Gems & jewellery, Porcelain Tableware and Handicrafts.

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  • Organic coconut products from Sri Lanka: Capitalizing on the global trend towards the organic food and related products

    26/12/2016

    02/01/2017
    Organic coconut products from Sri Lanka: Capitalizing on the global trend towards the organic food and related products

    Whereas Sri Lanka isn’t the world’s largest producer of Coconut, our footprint on global coconut production is still significant. Also, in the context of local exports, as both natural Coconut and value added Coconut exports constitute a significant portion of Sri Lanka’s export earnings, the commercial vitality of Coconut is beyond question.

    With increasing emphasis being placed on organic agriculture and the premium prices that authentic organic products command in the global marketplace, Sri Lankan value-added Coconut products exporters are turning slowly but steadily to production of value added organic Coconut products. Considering the growing demand for the organic agricultural products all over the world, this is a commercially astute and positive change of direction. Following are some of the value added organic Coconut products being currently exported by Sri Lankan Coconut products manufacturers and suppliers.

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  • Amendments to Food Act on the Cards

    26/12/2016 Sunday Observer

    02/01/2017
    Amendments to Food Act on the Cards

    Steps will be taken to amend the Food Act to suit the present times and also support the food processing industry which has enormous potential, State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe told the 10th Exporters Forum at the Export Development Board (EDB) recently.

    The Minister was responding to issues raised by meat processors with regard to the excessive time taken to test the quality of food before processing for exports. He said it is time to amend the Food Act which is around 30 years old. The time taken to complete the tests and then process food is too long. It should be done within 10 days as in other countries. “A meeting comprising stakeholders of the food processing industry and quality certifying institutions will be held shortly to solve the issue,” the Minister said.

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  • EDB drives Sri Lanka’s ICT sector to penetrate Japanese market.

    26/12/2016 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    EDB drives Sri Lanka’s ICT sector to penetrate Japanese market.

    EDB continues the Sri Lanka participation at Japan IT Week 2017 ‍from 10th -12th  May at Tokyo big sight, Japan. Sri Lanka pavilion which will locate in Software and Apps Development Expo (SODEC) could be a launching pad for Sri Lankan ICT companies to enter Japan market.

    Japan IT Week http://www.japan-it.jp/en/ ] is truly Japan's largest ICT trade show where you can find any kinds of latest IC T technologies/solutions. A great number of information systems manager, management executives, sales managers, system integrators and managers from IT system division will visit Japan IT Week to conduct business face to face with exhibitors.

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  • Govt. plans to ban cinnamon imports

    19/12/2016 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Govt. plans to ban cinnamon imports

    The Government is preparing to revamp entreport schemes for re-exporting key spices from Sri Lanka including pepper, cloves, nutmeg and mace to protect Sri Lanka’s reputation for quality while banning cinnamon imports.      

    The proposal spearheaded by the Primary Industries Ministry has already received Cabinet approval and aims to put in place several fresh policies to ensure that spices re-exported from Colombo port are not diluted or incorrectly labelled as originating from Sri Lanka.

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  • Developing a Stronger Natural Rubber Industry with the Help of Nanotechnology

    14/12/2016

    02/01/2017
    Developing a Stronger Natural Rubber Industry with the Help of Nanotechnology

    Although Nanotechnology is a lesser celebrated subject in Sri Lanka, one of the country’s main export crops are tipped to benefit from the latest developments in Nanotechnology.

    The latest research has discovered a new chemical process to combine carbon nanotubes with natural rubber compounds to enhance its flexibility and strength. What’s more, the process has been found to enhance the mechanical and electrical properties without sacrificing the elasticity of the material.

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  • The Forthcoming Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka & China

    14/12/2016

    02/01/2017
    The Forthcoming Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka & China

    Sri Lanka is stepping up negotiations on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with three of its foremost trading partners - India, China and Singapore.

    The government hopes to finalize discussions and reach comprehensive trade deals with India and Singapore by December 2016 and with China by the first quarter of 2017. Sri Lanka's recent interest in FTAs with major trading partners, touted in the media as “FTA Mania”, is totally justified.

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  • EDB PROMOTE TRADE AND BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN PHILIPINES & SRI LANKA

    28/11/2016

    02/01/2017
    EDB PROMOTE TRADE AND BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN PHILIPINES & SRI LANKA

    Export Market diversification is one of the strategies that the EDB has identified to increase Sri Lanka’s export. Considering  Sri Lanka’s present export market concentration mainly to USA and European countries and the importance of the emerging economic power of Asia the Philippines is one of the countries identified to promote our products.

    Philippine is 12th most populous country in the world over 100 Mn. population. The GDP growth was 7% in 2013. Also it is an member of ASEAN and only the ASEAN member receiving EU GSP+ facility. This will provide market access opportunity for Sri Lanka.

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