• Sri Lanka to apply for GSP Plus end of this year: Harsha

    06/10/2015 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka to apply for GSP Plus end of this year: Harsha

    Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the government would be forwarding the formal application to regain the GSP Plus preferential trade facility from the European Union (EU) by the end of this year in the backdrop of recent international developments. “After the resolution in Geneva passed, we wrote to the EU. Before the end of the year, we will be making the formal application, and hopefully by middle next year we will be able to bring in GSP Plus,” he said.

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  • EDB joins Lanka’s innovation giant to push hi-tech exports, R&D

    02/10/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB joins Lanka’s innovation giant to push hi-tech exports, R&D

    From left: EDB DG-Actg Himali Jinadasa, EDB Chairman & CEO Bandula Egodage, COSTI Chairperson and CEO Prof. Sirimali Fernando, COSTI Project Director Prof. Ajith de Alwis and COSTI Program Director Shehan Ratnavale team up on 30 September at EDB for their pioneering Hi tech-R&D-Innovation Forum for Lankan CEOs slated before end of this year in Colombo

    As Sri Lanka’s ranking surged in the latest Global Innovation Index, two apex Lankan state institutions are joining forces for the first time to boost the country’s hi-tech and innovation exports to the next level – and first ever hi tech R&D and Innovation Forum for Lankan CEOs is now on the cards, as revealed on 30 September in Colombo. “We welcome COSTI’s collaborative interest to partner with EDB. It is time we join forces to help our hi-tech exports to the next level,” said EDB Chairman and CEO Bandula Egodage.

    Chairman Egodage was in discussions with the three-member team from the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) of Sri Lanka. The 2013 established COSTI is the apex Lankan body coordinating and monitoring science, tech and innovation in the country while promoting value addition and commercialisation of them in line with the National Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy of Sri Lanka. Visiting COSTI team consisted of COSTI Chairperson and CEO Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Project Director Prof. Ajith de Alwis and Program Director Shehan Ratnavale. Joining the discussion were EDB DG-Actg Himali Jinadasa and other top officials and sector directors of EDB.

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  • Sri Lankan Goldsmiths – Jewellery Makers of Sri Lanka

    18/09/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Goldsmiths – Jewellery Makers of Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has been known for exquisite jewellery designs made with gold and silver and decorated with precious gems for nearly three thousand years.

    Country's most famous political prisoner of all times, Robert Knox, observed that many women in ancient Sri Lanka at least owned one piece of exquisitely made gold or silver jewellery adorned with a precious stone.

    Gold and silver jewellery plays a larger part in Sri Lankan culture, they are an essential part of a local bride's trousseau regardless of her economic and social standards and is among the first of the investments parents make for their daughters. 

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  • The Adventures and Romance of Gem Mining in Sri Lanka

    17/09/2015

    02/01/2017
    The Adventures and Romance of Gem Mining in Sri Lanka

    The search for a colourful precious gemstones is a struggle between life and death to many gemstone miners in Sri Lanka, who risk their lives deep inside the gem pits in search of the precious bounties of the earth. The earth’s greatest concentration of gems in over 50 varieties is found within the country’s land area of approximately 25,000 square miles. 

    Mining for gem stones is a group attempt in Sri Lanka, where a group of miners combine effort with a landowner and an investor to search for that one gemstone that would fetch them an earth shattering price.

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  • Celebrated Ruby Gems of Sri Lanka

    17/09/2015

    02/01/2017
    Celebrated Ruby Gems of Sri Lanka

    Famed for their clarity and distinct pink red colour rubies from Sri Lanka has had a special place in global history.

    A giant ruby from Sri Lanka helped King Solomon win the heart of Queen Sheba and another in his regal ring carried magical powers, and even after several thousand years, Sri Lankan rubies are celebrated for their colour, cut and quality.

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  • Great Expectations

    06/09/2015 Sunday Leader

    02/01/2017
    Great Expectations

    Chairman of FACETS Sri Lanka Juzar Adamaly said that the next goal of FACETS Sri Lanka is to establish Colombo as the Gem and Jewellery Hub of Asia. He made this remark while officially declaring the opening of 25th ‘FACETS Sri Lanka’ International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition in BMICH.

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  • Over 150 exhibitors at Facets 2015 today

    03/09/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Over 150 exhibitors at Facets 2015 today

    FACETS Sri Lanka 2015, the annual international gem and jewellery show, will be the flagship event of the sector.

    More than 150 exhibitors will showcase their products from today till Sunday at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. . “It is over a 10,000 foot fall this year throughout the four days of the exhibition. A large number of buyers from China have confirmed while over 100 international buyer delegation are expected to attend the show from China, India, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Russia, Norway and Germany,” one of the top gem and jewellery exhibitors Zam Gems Managing Director Ahsan Refai told the Daily News business.

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  • Harsha says SL needs economic reforms

    26/08/2015 Daily FT

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    Harsha says SL needs economic reforms

    Sri Lanka will seriously consider economic reforms during next five years to make its production of goods and services “the most efficient and competitive” in this part of the world, MP Dr. Harsha de Silva said.

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  • Sri Lanka inks three MoUs with Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea

    25/08/2015 news.lk

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    Sri Lanka inks three MoUs with Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea

    Sri Lanka has signed three memoranda of understanding with Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea yesterday to boost regional trade.

    Sri Lanka-Hong Kong’s HKTDC, Sri Lanka-Korea’s KOTRA and Sri Lanka-Thailand’s DITP were the three MoUs signed yesterday.

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  • Sri Lankan Apparel; creating global high street fashion

    03/08/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Apparel; creating global high street fashion

    With the relaunch of Sri Lanka as an ethical source of garment manufacturing across the world, a large number of global brands are turning to the specialised knowledge of Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers to deliver the best of high street fashion to the consumer across the world.

    With a specialised knowledge and improved awareness, apparel manufacturers makes nearly 90% of the apparel industry in Sri Lanka and joint ventures between local garment manufacturers and international fashion houses accounts for almost three quarters of the garment manufacturing facilities in the country.

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  • Sri Lankan virgin coconut oil; the nature's best

    30/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan virgin coconut oil; the nature's best

    Although coconut oil had been in use for the nearly three millennia, it has faced changing reactions during the last century. Yet the discovery of the virgin coconut oil and the spread of its production has helped to revive the receding reputation of coconut oil. Extracted from fresh coconut meat without chemical processing, Virgin coconut oil (VCO) isthe "mother of all oils", celebrated for its purity and nutrition.

    Used as a substitute for animal and vegetable based oil, fat and butter during the time of shortages caused by the second world war, coconut oil was banned from western markets and was tabooed as a direct cause of heart diseases due to the presence of saturated fat in RBD coconut oil.

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  • Coir Brushes; cleaning the natural way

    29/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coir Brushes; cleaning the natural way

    Coir, the thickest and the most strongest of the natural fibres, is a short and coarse fibre, with a low decomposition rate. Extracted from the outer husk of coconuts, coir based products has been a part of Sri Lankan daily life for centuries.

    Sri Lanka is among the main coir manufacturers in the world with Sri Lankan coir and coir based product manufacturer catering to nearly 40% of the global demand. Sri Lanka is also the largest supplier of brown fibre to the world with an annual exportation of 100,000 mt.

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  • Sri Lankan Solid Rubber Tyres -Steering the globe ahead

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Solid Rubber Tyres -Steering the globe ahead

    Being the producer of some of the world's best natural rubber, Sri Lanka is also the main producer of solid industrial and specialised rubber tyres, that suits vehicles carrying heavy loads under extreme driving conditions.

    Manufactured from advanced natural compounds through intricate moulding operations, solid rubber tyres include tyres used in forklifts, land mowers, skate boards, golf carts, scooters and many types of industrial vehicles including heavy trucks, carts and trailers. Unlike the pneumatic tyres, solid tyres are not filled with air and can endure high pressure and weight without bursting and are more durable for wear and tear, that occurs when handling industrial type weight.

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  • The Natural Rubber Industry of Sri Lanka

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    The Natural Rubber Industry of Sri Lanka

    The natural rubber industry in Sri Lanka is one of the enduring colonial legacies that is providing sustained socio- economic benefits to the country, even today.

    Started in 1876, with the planting of 1,919 rubber seedlings at the Henerathgoda Botanical Gardens in Gampaha, Sri Lankan that became the origin of an uninterrupted and profitable supply chain of an agricultural commodity, Sri Lankan natural rubber has since acquired the status of an industrial raw material with a global significance.

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  • Manufacturing World's Best Quality Rubber

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Manufacturing World's Best Quality Rubber

    Comprising nearly 4530 small, medium and Large scale manufacturing units Sri Lanka'srubber industry is a billion dollar business employing nearly 300,000 Sri Lankans directly and indirectly.

    As the world's Sixth largest rubber exporter and the Seventh largest rubber producing country Sri Lanka produces and delivers an annual turn over of nearly 98,000 metric tons of best natural rubber products including Sheet rubber, crepe rubber, technically specialised rubber varieties, and latex concentrate.

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  • Sri Lankan Fashion designs in Global Catwalk

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Fashion designs in Global Catwalk

    As an almost one decade long attempt by Sri Lankan apparel industrialists to transform the country's garment production trade to a full pledged fashion industry matures into position, a new generation of Sri Lankan fashion designers are making an entrance into the global catwalks.

    While Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers have long being producing latest of designs for leading fashion houses like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, C&A, Calvin Klein, Chantelle Group, Columbia, Gap, Gloria Vanderbilt, Intimissimi, Lands’ End, Marks & Spencer, Next, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sainsbury, The Limited, and Victoria’s Secret, a number of local fashion designers, produced by local design academies are creating their own niche in global fashion scene.

    Leading a local movement to establish a new fashion trend that embraces the Sri Lankan heritage, a group of young fashion designers are creating unique designs in high street fashion, haute couture and sports wear for local and global market.

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  • Sri Lankan medical gloves – a naturally caring touch

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan medical gloves – a naturally caring touch

    Produced using some of the best natural rubber latex in the world, medical gloves made by Sri Lankan glove manufacturers are found across the world from rural medical centres in mountainous Bhutan to the world's leading hospitals in Europe.

    With nearly 5% of the global demand for medical gloves produced by Sri Lanka glove manufacturers, the country plays a large role in global medical supply chain, in ensuring the well being of medical practitioners and patients across the globe.

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  • Reclaimed Rubber – towards a sustainable future

    27/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Reclaimed Rubber – towards a sustainable future

    Where do good dead tires go? They go to play grounds as play ground tiles.

    Reclaiming and reusing of old and used tyres is an essential part of rubber production to ensure a sustainable use of a man made product.

    For many years scrap and old tyres were burnt and used as a land filing material but the greater toil it has on environment compelled global rubber tyre manufacturers look for other avenues to recycle and reuse the mounting heaps of scraped tyres.

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  • The Future in Fashion; A New Generation of Fashion Designers in Sri Lanka

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    The Future in Fashion; A New Generation of Fashion Designers in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan apparelindustry is now the country's top most foreign exchange earner and a billion dollar industry, fuelled by innovative thinking and designs of a generation of innovative young fashion designers.

    Having built itself a global reputation for environment sustainable and labour friendly practices, Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers are seeking to infuse local designs, material and fabrics in to the production of fashion apparels for global market, in an ambitious attempt to develop Sri Lanka in to an Asian fashion giant.

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  • #WhoMadeMyClothes – The quest for ethically produced garments

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    #WhoMadeMyClothes – The quest for ethically produced garments

    The evolution of Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturing process from the status of a mere sewing operator dependent on the textile quotas provided by USA and EU to a major Fashion hub involved with the full cycle of garment production from the design table to the shelf depended on a cleverly placed global and local initiative to change the Sri Lankan approach to garment manufacturing.

    After the discontinuation of global quota system in apparels in the year 2005, Sri Lankan garment manufacturers came up with a clever placement of Sri Lankan apparel trade as the most ethical source of garment manufacturing in the world.

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