• EDB help for construction firms to expand overseas

    17/12/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    EDB help for construction firms to expand overseas

    Sri Lanka Exports Development Board (EDB) will step up efforts to facilitate local construction companies to expand their services in Myanmar, EDB Chairperson and CEO Indira Malwatte said.

    Under this initiative, the government hopes to employ more Sri Lankan engineers, quantity surveyors, graduates and others in the overseas construction services sector.

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  • EDB links with three new apparel markets

    01/12/2015 News.lk

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    EDB links with three new apparel markets

    EDB links with three new apparel markets

    Powered by the country’s apex exports facilitator EDB, Lankan apparel sector reported a sudden victory when it snatched a new virgin market and some premium global buyers of three other new markets.

    A visiting high powered multinational buyer team finally linked with the EDB reps and Lankan apparel giants on Nov.27 at Mt Lavinia Hotel after a three-year long resolute quest since 2012 by EDB to link with nine top global retailers.

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  • Lankan exports facilitation opens wider

    30/11/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Lankan exports facilitation opens wider

    State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe (second from right) addresses the Seventh Exporters’ Forum at EDB joined by EDB Chairperson and CEO Indira Malwatte (far right) on 27 November

    Sri Lanka’s apex platform to solve exporters’ issues, the Exporters’ Forum, wrapped its seventh session successfully on 27 November with a significant change to the ongoing interaction process; the Lankan exporters may no longer need to agonise till the next forum announcement to find solutions. “You don’t have to wait for this once in three months’ forum but you can now contact us anytime. As we move towards one stop shop solutions, EDB will be restructured and will be made as attractive as possible to exporters,” announced Lankan State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe.

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  • Taiwan Textile Fair concludes in Colombo

    30/11/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Taiwan Textile Fair concludes in Colombo

    Taiwan Textile Fair concludes in Colombo

    The fourth annual Taiwan Textile Fair concluded at Grand Crystal Ballroom, Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo when. The event was organised by the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade.

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  • ‘Sri Lanka ICT exports $ 5 b by 2020’: EDB

    23/11/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    ‘Sri Lanka ICT exports $ 5 b by 2020’: EDB

    EDB Chairperson and CEO Indira Malwatte addresses APICTA – 2015 (Asia Pacific ICT 2015) Business Forum event at Cinnamon Lake Hotel on 20 November. From left: EDB Export Services Director Saman Maldeni and APICTA 2015 Co-Chairman Ruwan Amarasekera

    Invigorated by Sri Lanka’s ICT exports surge, the country’s apex export facilitator EDB announced a new ICT/BPO exports target and a mere few hours’ B2B sessions between Lankan and Asia-Pacific ICT firms facilitated by EDB reported a whopping marathon of one-to-one business meet jamboree-right here in Colombo. “Let us try to forge ahead with solid business to business meetings today that will materialise to effective commercial activity. That is how all of us in our region can help each other,” stressed EDB Chairperson and CEO Indira Malwatte on 20 November.

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  • SL has set an ‘ambitious’ 2020 export target: State Minister Sujeewa

    16/11/2015 The Nation

    02/01/2017
    SL has set an ‘ambitious’ 2020 export target: State Minister Sujeewa

    From Left: Arindam Bagchi (Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka), Indira Malwatte (Chairperson & CEO-EDB) Sujeewa Senasinghe (State Minister of Strategic Development and International Trade) meet an exhibitor at the Intex South Asia in Colombo

    Notwithstanding the global trade decline, Sri Lanka exports sector is highly ambitious aiming for a five-fold jump of its top export of repute, apparels while China’s premium knitting sector is gearing up to partner with surging Sri Lankan apparel sector.

    “We are looking to increase total apparel exports by five-fold, to $ 20 Bn. And by 2020 we are aiming at $50Bn national exports, which is an ambitious goal,” said Sujeewa Senasinghe (State Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade) on 16 November.

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  • Sri Lankan electronic exports at $343 mn

    08/11/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan electronic exports at $343 mn

    Prof Ajith P. De Alwis (Project Director-COSTI), Himali Jinadasa (Actg DG-EDB), and Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne (SLINTEC CEO) at “New Product Innovation and Export of Hi Tech for Economic Growth of Sri Lanka”

    Sri Lanka’s fledgling R&D innovation and start up cluster has hit big time in its maiden funding round and several hi-tech start ups, having crossed their R&D experiments barrier are now poised to commercialise their innovations anytime.

    “The government’s vision is to transform Sri Lanka into a strategically important global economic centre. Increasing the share of hi-tech exports is essential to face the intense competition in the global market” stressed Himali Jinadasa, Acting Director General, Export Development Board, (EDB).

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  • Falling exports due to global downturn: EDB Chairperson

    06/11/2015 The Nation

    02/01/2017
    Falling exports due to global downturn: EDB Chairperson

    Sri Lanka’s present exports lull is due to many reasons but chiefly a throwback from the global market fall-and achieving national export targets is not a journey of a sole institution but requires a collaborative, cross-sectoral push, as stressed by the new Chairperson of Exports Development Board on 05 November.

    “Exports are coming down due to various reasons, but chiefly since the global markets have come down-it’s not EDB alone. The Council of Ministers was a beautiful mechanism” announced Indira Malwatte (new Chairperson of EDB) on 05 November.

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  • Indira Malwatte appointed as new Head of EDB

    30/10/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Indira Malwatte appointed as new Head of EDB

    New EDB Chairperson and CEO Indira Malwatte (second from right) signs her appointment papers at the EDB yesterday as Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Secretary Chandanie Wijewardhana (far left), former EDB DG S. Kulathunga and EDB Actg. DG Himali Jinadasa (far right) look on

    Indira Malwatte took office as the first woman to lead the Export Development Board (EDB) yesterday. “I am very confident of making a positive contribution to the export effort of our country,” newly-appointed EDB Chairperson Malwatte said.


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  • Sri Lanka shines at Anuga International Trade Fair in Cologne

    30/10/2015 The Nation

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka shines at Anuga International Trade Fair in Cologne

    The 33rd Edition of the Anuga International 2015, the biggest General Food and Beverages Exhibition of the world was held in Cologne, Germany from October 10-14, 2015.  7063 companies from 108 nations exhibited their products to the 160,000 trade visitors from 192 Nations.


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  • EDB upheaval!

    23/10/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB upheaval!

    State Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe (far right) meets EDB officials (left) joined by Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Secretary Chandanie Wijewardhana (on Senasinghe’s right) yesterday at the EDB

    Giving a sudden boost to Sri Lanka’s national exports push, the country’s apex export facilitator, the Export Development Board (EDB) has been directed to perform as a private sector entity henceforth to realise the country’s export reforms.

    This makes the EDB itself a top reform target and formulation of sub sector level export targets with greatly increased export value addition is now on the cards.

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  • EDB moves to stamp Brand Sri Lanka in global batik map

    16/10/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB moves to stamp Brand Sri Lanka in global batik map

    Lankan batik producers show a new motif to EDB officials (left) on 8 October in Colombo

    Sri Lanka’s apex export facilitator EDB stepped up its efforts to stamp ‘Brand Sri Lanka’ in the global batik map – and linking with top institutional stakeholders, EDB is directly accessing the SMEs of the country in this new initiative, as announced on 8 October in Colombo.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    02/01/2017
    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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