• EDB promotes Made in Sri Lanka at SIAL Canada

    12/06/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB promotes Made in Sri Lanka at SIAL Canada

    Sri Lanka Pavilion at SIAL Canada, in Toronto

    The Export Development Board (EDB) organised Sri Lanka’s participation at the ‘SIAL Canada 2017’ from 2-4 May in Toronto Canada in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Toronto and the Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) Canada.

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  • Development of women entrepreneurs to enter international market

    02/06/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Development of women entrepreneurs to enter international market

    Lakmini Wijesundera Sandra Wanduragala 

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board organised a half day seminar on the theme ‘Development of Women Entrepreneurs to the International Market’ at the EDB Auditorium, Colombo 02, on 25 May with the objective of creating awareness among women entrepreneurs on business opportunities in the international market, as part of the overall program for developing 2,000 new exporters by 2020.

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  • Visit Sri Lanka Country Pavilion at Japan IT Week from May 10 -12, 2017

    05/05/2017

    02/01/2017
    Visit Sri Lanka Country Pavilion at Japan IT Week from May 10 -12, 2017

    Japan IT Week, the largest IT trade show in Japan, is a single location solution offering latest IT technologies and solutions. Organized by Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd and to be held from May 10 to 12, 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight, an International Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan, the Japan IT Week will...

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  • EDB promoting exports of ICT services

    03/05/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB promoting exports of ICT services

    Sri Lanka Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) with the assistance of Sri Lanka Embassy in Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) is organising a seminar on Sri Lanka IT in Tokyo on 9 May and participating at Japan IT Week 2017 from 10-12 May at Tokyo big sight, Japan.

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  • Sri Lanka Export Development Board prepared to develop entrepreneurs in Central Province to become Exporters

    02/05/2017

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka Export Development Board prepared to develop entrepreneurs in Central Province to become Exporters

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on the direction of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade held the second programme of creating awareness for the Central Province entrepreneurs on the developing 2000 new exporters by 2020 on 28th April 2017 at the Central Provincial Council Auditorium of Pallekele, Kandy.

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  • Development Strategies Ministry and EDB conduct symposium on ‘NES’

    12/04/2017 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    Development Strategies Ministry and EDB conduct symposium on ‘NES’

    The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) conducted the first national symposium for Sri Lanka’s National Export Strategy (NES) with more than 150 public and private sector representatives to plan the next export growth cycle of the country.

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  • National exports strategy key to development agenda

    11/04/2017 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    National exports strategy key to development agenda

    Following is the message by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, delivered to mark Sri Lanka’s First National Export Strategy Symposium held at the Temple Trees.

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  • EDB hosts program in Northern Region to assist entrepreneurs

    27/03/2017 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    EDB hosts program in Northern Region to assist entrepreneurs

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) under the direction of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade launched the first in a series of awareness programmes under the National Programme of Development of 2000 exporters by the year 2020 in Jaffna....

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Health Benefits of Essential Oils from Sri Lanka

    25/11/2016

    02/01/2017
    Health Benefits of Essential Oils from Sri Lanka

    The medicinal and cosmetic benefits of essential oils derived from a host of herbal, spice and flowering plants that are grown widely in Sri Lanka, has been a long kept secret that found its way to the rest of the world through spice trading merchants of Western Asia.

    Today spice suppliers in Sri Lanka produce a range of essential oils through distillation of leaves, bark, roots and flowers to derive the oils and essence trapped inside. Among a large number of essential oils produced in Sri Lanka, a dozen or more are favored by aromatherapists and Ayurveda specialists who believe in the curative powers of these oils;

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