• Sri Lanka for open trade and investment, Minister Malik Samarawickrama tells WEDF 2017 opening

    26/10/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka for open trade and investment, Minister Malik Samarawickrama tells WEDF 2017 opening

    Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama speaks at the first plenary of the World Export Development Forum in Budapest yesterday (25-10-2017)

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  • World Export Development Forum 2017 kicks off in Hungary today

    25/10/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    World Export Development Forum 2017 kicks off in Hungary today

    The 2017 edition of the annual World Export Development Forum (WEDF) kicks off today in Budapest, Hungary under the theme ‘Trade – A Force for Good: Include, Innovate, Integrate’.

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  • Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Organized a Seminar for Sri Lanka’s Businesses and Entrepreneurs

    16/10/2017 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Organized a Seminar for Sri Lanka’s Businesses and Entrepreneurs

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) jointly organized a Business Seminar on "Explore Business Opportunities through Hong Kong" on Friday, 29th September, 2017 at Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka.

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  • EDB organized a seminar for Women Entrepreneurs in Monaragala.

    12/10/2017 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    EDB organized a seminar for Women Entrepreneurs in Monaragala.

    The EDB organized a seminar for Women Entrepreneurs on Thursday, 21st September 2017 in District Secretariat, Monaragala with the objective of development of women entrepreneurs to enter to the international market.

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  • Korea Importers Association delegation looks for Lankan products, partners

    02/10/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Korea Importers Association delegation looks for Lankan products, partners

    A 15-member delegation led by Myoung-jin Shin, Chairman and CEO of the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA), visited Sri Lanka earlier this month on the invitation of the Sri Lanka Embassy in South Korea and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) to explore business and investment opportunities in diverse areas.

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  • EDB RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH PUM NETHERLANDS UNDER A LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING (LOU) TO ASSIST EXPORT ORIENTED SME ENTERPRISES

    08/09/2017 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    EDB RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH PUM NETHERLANDS UNDER A LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING (LOU) TO ASSIST EXPORT ORIENTED SME ENTERPRISES

    The EDB entered into a Letter of Understanding (LoU) with the PUM Netherlands Senior Experts with a view to supporting particularly export oriented Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by obtaining services of PUM experts from mainly Europe in the areas of technology transfer, process improvement, product development, capacity building and training needs.

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  • HNB, EDB launch breakthrough new SME Export Credit facility

    07/09/2017 DailyFT

    02/01/2017
    HNB, EDB launch breakthrough new SME Export Credit facility

    Sri Lanka’s most innovative bank, HNB PLC working in close collaboration with the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) announced the launch of HNB SME Export Credit, a pioneering new facility specially designed to meet the requirements and aspirations of Sri Lanka’s burgeoning Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector.

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  • Hon. State Minister hails the Turkish Investors

    21/08/2017 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    Hon. State Minister  hails the Turkish Investors

    On the invitation by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Sri Lanka a Ministerial Delegation led by the Hon. Sujeewa Senasinghe, State Minister of International Trade together with the representatives from Board of Investment (BOI), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) are currently in Turkey attending meetings related to trade and investment promotions. The delegation will also attend the 86th Izmir International Fair opening ceremony and seminar program.

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  • Export Opportunities in Pakistan

    05/07/2017 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    Export Opportunities in Pakistan

    The EDB organized a seminar on “Export opportunities in the Pakistan Market” with the objective of increasing awareness of the market opportunities available in the Pakistan market for Sri Lankan products.

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  • EDB seminar on renewed opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter EU market

    16/06/2017 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB seminar on renewed opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter EU market

    The EDB organised a seminar in association with the Export Product Associations on ‘Renewed Opportunities in EU Market’ with the objective of making the Sri Lankan export community aware of the opportunities under the EU GSP+ concessions when exporting to European Region.

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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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  • 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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  • Made in Sri Lanka; an Icon of Eco-Sustainability and Quality

    11/04/2017

    02/01/2017
    Made in Sri Lanka; an Icon of Eco-Sustainability and Quality

    Sri Lanka Apparel’s innovative and environmentally sustainable approach to design, production, and delivery has allowed us to create a unique global niche for labor and environment sustainable apparels made in Sri Lanka. With nearly USD 4.2 billion of export value and a global market share of 1.2%...

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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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  • Reinstatement of GSP Plus Concessions for Sri Lankan Apparel by EU

    24/03/2017

    02/01/2017
    Reinstatement of GSP Plus Concessions for Sri Lankan Apparel by EU

    The good news is in. The perseverance of the incumbent government of Sri Lanka in negotiating with EU to have GSP Plus Concessions reinstated are eventually paying off. The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has proposed that Sri Lanka is eligible to receive GSP Plus Concessions. Once it’s 

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  • Apparel Innovations: Manufacturing Smart Garments

    23/11/2016

    02/01/2017
    Apparel Innovations: Manufacturing Smart Garments

    Beyond doubt, the Apparel industry makes a huge contribution to Sri Lanka’s total export earnings. For the calendar year 2015 alone, Apparel export revenue amounted to a whopping US $4.9 billion. In the light of this fact, the Apparel export sector’s bold ambition to earn US $8 billion as apparel export revenue by 2020 is fairly realistic and achievable. Also, directly employing 400.000 to 600,000 people, the sector consists of some of the country’s largest employers.

    In an interview with Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD), Sri Lanka’s premier business magazine, Mr. Aroon Hirdaramani, a Director of the Hirdaramani Group, one of the country’s apparel giants observes that “…it is essential that we have a strong economic framework in place, to support the industry’s continued growth and competitiveness….”

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  • Colombo hosts 2nd edition of Intex South Asia

    17/11/2016 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Colombo hosts 2nd edition of Intex South Asia

    Intex South Asia, the only international sourcing fair in South Asia which showcases the best in yarns, fabrics (apparel and denim) and clothing accessories, is presenting a grand display at the Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) in Colombo from 16-18 November.

    It is the second edition of Intex South Asia and in anticipation of the Sri Lankan apparel industry regaining GSP+ concessions, this year’s exhibition was successful in bringing more than 150 exhibitors from Italy, Japan, South Africa, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India to Sri Lanka.

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  • Intex South Asia 2016 to showcase over 11 countries’ best of textiles

    15/11/2016 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    Intex South Asia 2016 to showcase over 11 countries’ best of textiles

    The aim of the new edition of Intex South Asia, which will take place from November 16 to 18, 2016, at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, Colombo, is to present and showcase the entire value chain by bringing together the best manufacturers of yarns, apparel fabrics, denims, clothing accessories and allied services.

    Sri Lanka will soon witness leading international buyers visiting Colombo to attend and source at Intex South Asia. Leading buyers attending the show are from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Spain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Mauritius, Iran, Australia, the USA, the UK, Europe, Nigeria, South Africa and many more.  The Sri Lankan apparel industry has also blocked its calendar to visit with its teams at this important  mega event.

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  • Sri Lanka seafood, apparel exports up in July

    18/10/2016 Economy Next

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka seafood, apparel exports up in July

    Sri Lanka's seafood exports to the European Union picked up 19.9 percent in July 2016 from a year earlier, following the lifting of a ban, and apparel exports rose 3 percent, but lower commodity prices have hit petroleum and tea.  

    Exports fell 4.4 percent to $891.2 million in July 2016 from a year earlier and imports fell 6.6 percent to $1,432 million dollars, shrinking the trade balance 10 percent to $541 million, official data showed.

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