• Vietnam calls for FTA

    02/12/2014 Daily FT

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    Vietnam calls for FTA

    • ‘Appointing Lanka’s first trade official to Vietnam’ – Minister Rishad
    • ‘Bilateral trade should not be just rice and tea’ – Kieu Thu
    • YoY bilateral trade surges by 88%
    • ‘Time to explore joint apparel synergies too’ – Kieu Thu

    Stepping up its trade cooperation with Sri Lanka, Vietnam said that it was working towards establishing a groundbreaking FTA with Sri Lanka.

    In view of this, Sri Lanka has promptly appointed its first-ever trade officer to Vietnam, the world’s fifth largest apparel exporter which is ready to partner with Sri Lanka’s own apparel industry.

    “There is huge unrealised trade potential between both countries that we need to explore. Trade need not be mostly the exchange of rice and tea between both countries. Therefore, while in Colombo, I will take up the task of promoting an FTA with Sri Lanka,” said Vietnam’s new ambassador to Sri Lanka, Phan Kieu Thu on 27 November in Colombo.

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  • EDB in global apparel breakthrough

    26/11/2014 Daily FT

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    EDB in global apparel breakthrough

    • Secures links with world’s largest textile retailer ZARA
    • 6-member EDB-led delegation to Spain
    • Brandix, Timex, Fergasam in pioneering session
    • September apparel exports up by 4.4%

    For the first time in Sri Lanka’s apparel history, the EDB, Sri Lanka’s apex export facilitator, has directly linked top Lankan apparel suppliers with the world’s largest textile retailer, Spain’s ZARA on 29 October. The facilitator, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), is stepping up its support for apparel market diversification.

    “Though the Lankan apparel sector caters to many international brands, such as Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Marks & Spencer, we still haven’t been able to manufacture for the Zara brand, the world’s largest fashion retailer. This successful effort directly linked our apparels to Zara for the first time,” said EDB Director – Industrial Products Chitranjali Dissanayake recently.

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  • Russia shows green light on fish import from SL

    26/11/2014 Daily Mirror

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    Russia shows green light on fish import from SL

    Russia has granted approval to import fish and fish products to the Russian Federation from Sri Lanka, 2014, the External Affairs Ministry said.

    The Ministry said the Federal Service of Veterinary Surveillance under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation granted approval to import fish and fish products to the Russian Federation as a result of the untiring efforts of the Sri Lankan Government through its Embassy in Russia.

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  • EDB secures links with world’s largest textile retailer ZARA

    26/11/2014 Daily News

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    EDB secures links with world’s largest textile retailer ZARA

    For the first time in Sri Lanka’s apparel history, the Export Development Board has directly linked top Lankan apparel suppliers with the world’s largest textile retailer, Spain’s ZARA and is stepping up its support for apparel market diversification.

    “Though the Lankan apparel sector caters to many international brands, we have still not been able to manufacture to Zara brand, the world largest fashion retailer.

    This successful effort directly linked our apparels to Zara for the first time,” said Chitranjali Dissanayake (Director-Industrial Products of SLEDB).

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  • How to develop Sri Lanka’s wood-based industry

    24/11/2014 Daily Mirror

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    How to develop Sri Lanka’s wood-based industry

    A conference and workshop under the theme “Wood Based Industry – Way Forward’ organized by the Wood Based Industrialist Association of Sri Lanka (WBIA), will be held at the Export Development Board (EDB) Auditoriumon on November 28.

    Channa Wijesekera, President of the Wood Based Industrialist Association of Sri Lanka, is expected to outline the problems facing the wood based industry in this article. He explains why this important industry has not developed over the years and proposes a series of solutions to remedy the situation.

    When analyzing the development of t he various industries in Sri Lanka, the timber and ti mber related industry indicates a comparative downward trend or slow progress in comparison with the other industries.

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  • Jaffna Int’l Trade Fair during Jan 23-25, 2015

    19/11/2014 Daily News

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    Jaffna Int’l Trade Fair during Jan 23-25, 2015

    The Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF), the most comprehensive and ‘looked forward to’ exhibition in the North will be held for the sixth consecutive year in the heart of Jaffna from the January 23-25, 2015.

    The exhibition which was the first of its kind to be held in the Northern region of the country has throughout the years been renowned as the best and most potent platform for the meeting of investors, businesses and the masses in the region.

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  • Canada for more trade with SL

    19/11/2014 Daily FT

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    Canada for more trade with SL

    Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (second from left) in discussion with EDB Chairman/CEO Bandula Egodage yesterday as Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Shelley Whiting (far right) and Canada Asia-Trade Facilitation Office Project Manager Zaki Munshi (far left) look on

    • Canada has 24 FTAs including NAFTA: Whiting
    • Another opening to largest market: Minister Rishad
    • EDB revives TRO-Canada links
    • Top Lankan exporters at Canada session
    • Bilateral trade at $ 437 m

    The Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF), the most comprehensive and ‘looked forward to’ exhibition in the North will be held for the sixth consecutive year in the heart of Jaffna from the January 23-25, 2015.

    The exhibition which was the first of its kind to be held in the Northern region of the country has throughout the years been renowned as the best and most potent platform for the meeting of investors, businesses and the masses in the region.

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  • Kenya-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Cooperation talks a success

    18/11/2014 Daily FT

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    Kenya-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Cooperation talks a success

    Kenya, the newest entrant to Africa’s top 10 list, called for renewed trade with Sri Lanka and in a display of its commitment towards this end requested three trade pacts with Sri Lanka in one go by 2015.

    “We are looking forward to more trade interaction and expecting a delegation to Nairobi from Sri Lanka next year. By the time of your visit to Nairobi we are looking forward to conclude current discussions on three agreements being discussed and to sign them,” said Amb. Nelson Ndirangu Ogn (Director, Economic Affairs and International Trade of Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi) on 12 November in Colombo.

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  • Sri Lanka's export trade sector grows 11.1%

    16/11/2014 Ceylon Today

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    Sri Lanka's export trade sector grows 11.1%

    Sri Lanka's Export Trade sector recorded a relatively a higher growth of 11.1 per cent in second quarter 2014, when compared to the slower growth of 1.2 per cent recorded in the second quarter of 2013, Department of Census and Statistics said in its Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product report released recently.

    According to the Balance of Payment statistics of Central Bank of Sri Lanka, export earnings increased to Rs343,058 million in the second quarter of 2014, from Rs291,274 million in the second quarter 2013, indicating a growth of 17.8 per cent, said the Census and Statistics Department.

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  • Rubber industry can grow bigger than garments

    10/11/2014 Daily FT

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    Rubber industry can grow bigger than garments

    • Potential to become a 10 billion dollar business: Prabhash Subasinghe

    Global Rubber Industries Managing Director Prabhash Subasinghe receiving the Platinum Sponsor award from Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa at the recently concluded Global Rubber Conference

    The rubber industry in Sri Lanka has the potential to grow bigger than the garment industry. “Unfortunately, foreign investors have not seen the possibility of this factor,” says Global Rubber Industries Ltd (GRI) Managing Director Prabhash Subasinghe.

    According to GRI, a leading industrial solid tyre manufacturer based in Sri Lanka; supplying solid tyres to Original Equipment (OE) manufacturers and replacement markets in more than 45 countries worldwide since 2001; Sri Lanka is the world’s largest producer of high-quality solid tyres, dominating about 60% of the global market.

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  • Ornamental fish featuring notably in 14 percent export growth

    10/11/2014 Ifham Nizam, The Island

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    Ornamental fish featuring notably in 14 percent export growth

    Sri Lanka has earned USD 7.34 billion from exports up to August this year, recording a positive growth of 14 per cent when compared to the corresponding period in 2013, said Sri Lanka Export Development Board Chairman cum Chief Executive Officer Bandula Egodage.

    Addressing a gathering at the First International Ornamental Fish Trade Conference in Colombo yesterday he said despite many constraints and challenges faced by local exports domestically and internationally, the willingness shown by them to sustain continuous growth was commendable.

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  • Two Lankans clinch global rubber glory

    30/10/2014 Daily FT

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    Two Lankans clinch global rubber glory

    • Prof. Attanayaka and Lalan’s Hapangama win top awards at Global Rubber Conference

    Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen hands over the GRC Wickham Award 2014 to Chairman, Lalan Rubbers Lalith Hapangama (left) and DPSTG Attanayaka (who collected on behalf of the winner Prof. DPSTG Attanayaka) on 28 October in Colombo. Chairman and CEO of EDB Bandula Egodage and Chairman Confexhub Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, Dr. Abdul Aziz (far right) were also present

    Two Sri Lankans won GRC Wickham awards at the Global Rubber Conference 2014 (GRC) held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on 28 October.

    “At the next Global Rubber Conference, the knowledge received at today’s sessions should be reflected and evaluated. In such a background it is important for us to continuously review developments in all the closely related aspects and industries including the global economy and currencies as well,” said Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said while speaking at the conference.

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  • Global Rubber Conference 2014 kicks off in Colombo

    29/10/2014 Daily FT

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    Global Rubber Conference 2014 kicks off in Colombo

    The local rubber industry received much emphasis yesterday with the Global Rubber Conference (GRC) 2014 kicking off in Colombo.

    The four-day event, which started on 27 October, is taking place for the fourth consecutive year.
    The GRC is recognised to be one of the world’s leading conferences on natural rubber and NR-based products and is held on an annual basis rotating in different rubber-producing countries.

    Organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) and Confexhub with the support from the Ministry of Plantation Industries and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the event saw about 250 delegates from over 25 countries come together to discuss and get updated on the pertinent issues affecting the global rubber industry.

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  • Sri Lanka has an impressive record in planting, production & export of rubber – President

    28/10/2014 Asian Tribune

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    Sri Lanka has an impressive record in planting, production & export of rubber – President

    Sri Lanka has an impressive record in the planting, production and export of rubber which is today the third largest sector to the country’s economy, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Rubber is an important part of the country’s plantation sector and its contribution to agro-industry provides gainful employment to more than 300,000 persons making it a mainstay in the socio-economic aspects of the country, he added.


    Sri Lankan Rubber and Rubber products have today earned worthy recognition for good quality and reliability in the international market, he stated.

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  • Sri Lanka represented at the largest SME Fair in the Asia Pacific region in Guangzhou

    21/10/2014 news.lk

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    Sri Lanka represented at the largest SME Fair in the Asia Pacific region in Guangzhou

    Sri Lanka participated for the first time at the 11th edition of the China International SME Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou from 11 to 14 October 2014. The Sri Lanka Pavilion was jointly organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and had strong representation from business leaders of the SME sector, showcasing premium products from thrust export sectors such as gems and jewellery, tea and spices, handicrafts, handlooms and ayurvedic products.

    Mrs. Sujatha Weerakoon, Director General of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, speaking at the opening of the Sri Lanka Pavilion pointed out that the Government’s numerous trade facilitation initiatives and President Xi Jinping’s recent State Visit to Sri Lanka have created new opportunities for even closer cooperation between Sri Lanka and China, particularly in trade and urged Sri Lanka companies present to maximize the opportunity to enter the attractive Chinese market.

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  • US-SL trade talks conclude in Colombo

    16/10/2014 Daily FT

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    US-SL trade talks conclude in Colombo

    • GSP, labour, trade promotion among discussed items
    • SL-US biz relationship at $ 3 b: Trade Rep Delaney
    • US Ex-Im Bank renewing ties with Lanka: Rishad
    • US biz team also in town, US-SL Biz Forum today
    • YoY SL-US trade up by 21% to $2.8b

    Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (third from left) addresses the 11th Joint Council Meeting under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement joined by SL Embassy in Washington DC Minister Counsellor Bandula Somasiri (far right), Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Prasad Kariyawasam (second from right), Ministry of Industry and Commerce Secretary Anura Siriwardena (fourth from right), DoC DG R.D.S. Kumararatne (fifth from right) and MoIC Additional Secretary Sheita Senaratne (sixth from right) and Minister (Commercial) at Lanka Embassy in US Bandula Somasiri (right)

    Talks under the Sri Lanka and US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) concluded yesterday in Colombo, reiterating the commitment to foster greater bilateral economic engagement.
    “The US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) is the premier dialogue for managing bilateral trade and investment relationship between both countries. This relationship amounts to $ 3 b” said Michael Delaney, the visiting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Central and South Asia yesterday in Colombo.

    Delaney, who is leading a 10-member official delegation to Sri Lanka, was addressing the 11th Joint Council Meeting (JCM) under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) at the Taj Samudra, Colombo.

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  • Sri Lankan ICT companies at GITEX 2014 in Dubai

    16/10/2014 Daily FT

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    Sri Lankan ICT companies at GITEX 2014 in Dubai

    Six Sri Lankan ICT companies, Brandix I3 Ltd., hSenid Software International, Microimage Ltd., Negete Ltd., Pyxle Ltd. and AP Lanka Ltd. are exhibiting their software products and services at ‘GITEX Technology Week’ from 12 to 16 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) organised the country pavilion in coordination with the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Dubai.

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  • 56% of export target achieved : Minister Rishad

    08/10/2014 Daily FT

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    56% of export target achieved : Minister Rishad

    • Jan-Aug exports bring Lanka closer to ’14 target

    With latest January-August export totals, Sri Lanka has clinched 56% of annual export target for 2014 while the spice sector has returned, as revealed on 3 October. Meanwhile, the spice industry is full of praise for the Government for the assistance lent to the sector’s development.

    “By end of this August we have already achieved 56% of our annual national export target for year 2013. Thanks to you, the committed spice and other product exporters, we are able to move towards our overall $ 20 b target now,” said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on 3 October in Colombo.

    Bathiudeen was addressing the 11th Annual General Meeting of The Spice Council (TSC) at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Also present on the occasion were Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion Reginald Cooray, DoC DG R.D.S. Kumararatne,EDB DG Sujatha Weerakoone , The Spice Council Chairman Nanda Kohona, founder Chairman of the Spice Council of Sri Lanka Sarada De Silva, top officials of EDB and many leading members of Sri Lanka’s spice industry.

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  • Boat Show 2014 to take centre stage in October

    06/10/2014 Daily News

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    Boat Show 2014 to take centre stage in October

    South Asia’s premier boat show and fisheries exhibition, ‘Boat Show 2014’ organized by Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTI), Sri Lanka Export Development Board and Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services will take centre stage from October 10-12, 2014 at the Dickowita Fisheries Harbour under the theme ‘Promotion of Leisure Boating in Sri Lanka’.

    The main objective of the event is to attract buyers from all corners of the globe, while positioning Sri Lanka as the hub for the industry in South Asia and to develop a forum between buyers and sellers to facilitate industry growth.

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  • Russia opens seafood market for Lankans

    03/10/2014 Daily News

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    Russia opens seafood market for Lankans

    Sri Lankan seafood exporters have been invited by Russia to export to the country giving a major boost to the industry.

    Russia's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexendra Karchava speaking at the Russia Sri Lanka Business Council AGM and a meeting with Sri Lankan seafood exporters said in current political and economic context, Russia is seeking to diversify its food items market and reorient it from European countries by reaching towards new suppliers in new regions, particularly, in Asia.

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