• EDB conducts an Awareness Session on NRC’s PPP Programme

    16/08/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    EDB conducts an Awareness Session on NRC’s PPP Programme

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in association with the National Research Council (NRC) held an awareness session on the NRC’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Programme on 29th July, 2019, at the EDB Auditorium targeting the exporter community. The aim of the session was to educate exporters about the modalities of the PPP programme.

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  • EDB completes conducting 87th course on Operational Aspects of International Trade

    16/08/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    EDB completes conducting 87th course on Operational Aspects of International Trade

    Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) completes conducting the 87th course on Operational Aspects of International Trade with the participation of 45 executives, holding senior and middle-level positions in private and public sector organisations involved in international trade. The course duration was 10 days including a one-day study tour.

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  • EDB Assists Export Oriented Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs at "Shilpa Sena" Science and Technology Exhibition

    16/08/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    EDB Assists Export Oriented Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs at

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) has launched a national program to nurture 2,000 new entrepreneurs to be exporters during the period 2017 - 2022, at regional level. The main objective of the program is to encourage domestic enterprises to invest in export industries to achieve the overall export target of US $ 28 billion in 2022. Simultaneously, new entrants have gained opportunities in local and international marketing experience. Accordingly 2000 non-exporter entrepreneurs are planned to be transformed into exporters through capacity, product and market development programmes.

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  • Four decades since ‘visionary’ Export Development Act

    13/08/2019 Sunday Observer

    02/01/2017
    Four decades since ‘visionary’ Export Development Act

    “This Act is truly visionary; I wish other countries had this in their export development framework!”, remarked a senior official of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre to me some months back. He was referring to the ‘Sri Lanka Export Development Act No. 40 of 1979’, which marks 40 years this month. He had found it to be an institutional arrangement that was far ahead of its time, and is still having relevance today – not just for Sri Lanka, but also for other developing countries. And he would know, having worked on export development strategies for over a dozen countries around the world.

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  • It’s ‘full steam ahead’ for the industry : Boat and ship model testing facility to be set up

    11/08/2019 Sunday Observer

    02/01/2017
    It’s ‘full steam ahead’ for the industry : Boat and ship model testing facility to be set up

    The country’s boat-building industry has an ambitious target of doubling its export revenue to reach US $ 250 million by 2022.

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  • Interbrand inspires new ‘Sri Lankan Made’ country-of-origin trademark

    07/08/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Interbrand inspires new ‘Sri Lankan Made’ country-of-origin trademark

    Interbrand, the world’s largest and most influential brand consultancy, has completed the development of Sri Lanka’s country-of-origin trademark for the spices sector. The trademark supports growers, processors and manufacturers by helping them to clearly identify their products as ‘Sri Lankan Made’ and informs customers and consumers that all significant parts, produce, processing and products are of genuine Sri Lankan origin.

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  • Sri Lanka Electronic Manufacturers and Exporters Association holds AGM

    07/08/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka Electronic Manufacturers and Exporters Association holds AGM

    Sri Lanka Electronic Manufacturers and Exporters Association (SLEMEA) hosted its 21st Annual General Meeting on 25 July at the Ramada Colombo.

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  • Govt. helps biz map Indian entry

    06/08/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Govt. helps biz map Indian entry

    To help Sri Lankan companies eyeing the daunting Indian market, the International Trade and Development Strategies Ministry yesterday launched a new report to assist breaking into India, with Minister Malik Samarawickrama undertaking a visit to India this week to help local businesses find success across the Palk Strait.

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  • Export Development Board Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Multi Religious Programme

    05/08/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    Export Development Board Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Multi Religious Programme

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) celebrated its 40th anniversary with religious observances on 1st August 2019. The anniversary celebration consisted of a multi-religious event, an all-night pirith chanting and alms giving for 40 Buddhist monks. These merits were made at the head office of the EDB on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

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  • EDB Turns 40 : Contribution to the Economy of the Nation

    02/08/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    EDB Turns 40 : Contribution to the Economy of the Nation

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board [EDB] which turned 40 years on 1st August is the premier state organization for the development and promotion of exports. The Board plays myriad roles in the export sector of the economy, as a Policy Advisor, Monitor, Promoter, Facilitator and Knowledge Provider in carrying out its responsibilities of implementing strategies for achieving national export targets.

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  • Workshop on Tyre Compounding & Tyre Technology for Sri Lankan Tyre Manufacturing Industry

    29/07/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    Workshop on Tyre Compounding & Tyre Technology for Sri Lankan Tyre Manufacturing Industry

    EDB in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products (SLAMERP) and Plastic and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRISL) organized a two day workshop in July 2018 on Product Innovation, Technology and R&D to upgrade the knowledge of the tyre manufacturers/exporters by obtaining the services of Technical Experts from India. The first collaborative tyre workshop was conducted successfully with the participation of over 100 technical personnel of leading tyre manufacturing & exporting companies in Sri Lanka.

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  • Facets 2019 to promote local gem and jewellery industry with bigger and better show

    26/07/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Facets 2019 to promote local gem and jewellery industry with bigger and better show

    In a bid to attract international dealers to Sri Lanka’s industry, the launch of the 29th edition of Facets International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition, which promises a ‘bigger and better’ show than ever before, was announced recently.

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  • Nine Lankan firms showcase at Texworld/Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textile Sourcing Expo

    25/07/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Nine Lankan firms showcase at Texworld/Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textile Sourcing Expo

    Nine Sri Lankan garment manufacturers participated at the summer 2019 editions of Texworld/Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textile Sourcing Expo this week in the USA.

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  • Exports grow 11.4% in first half of 2019

    24/07/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Exports grow 11.4% in first half of 2019

    Despite global and local challenges, Sri Lanka’s merchandised and service exports have risen by 11.4% to $ 8.5 billion in the first half of this year, prompting the Government to attribute it to a series of development efforts and assure further support. Releasing the latest yet provisional data, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said yesterday that export sector performance was commendable, though he admitted there is significant scope for higher value. “The 11.4% growth, despite the impact of the October 2018 undemocratic constitutional coup, and the Easter Sunday tragedy, as well as global challenges, is very satisfactory. For the first time, three months of first half of 2019 - January, March and June - have produced over $ 1 billion worth of merchandised exports. We had originally set an ambitious $ 20 billion target for 2019, but we may miss it and end up at around $ 18.5 billion, which will be still higher than the $ 16 billion achieved last year,” Samarawickrama said.

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  • Sri Lanka looks for more partnerships with UAE

    23/07/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka looks for more partnerships with UAE

    A delegation led by Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade comprising officials from both the public and private sector visited United Arab Emirates (UAE) and met several important trade partners in the UAE. The delegation had very fruitful discussions with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry as well as Al-Maya Group and the Lulu Supermarket International.

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  • Sri Lanka, All set for Expo 2020 Dubai

    18/07/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka, All set for Expo 2020 Dubai

    Sri Lanka is now officially an approved participant at the World Expo 2020 Dubai as the Government of Sri Lanka signed the Official Participation Contract with the "Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau” on 08th July 2019. The high level delegation to the UAE for the Contract signing Ceremony was led by Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade. Ms. Indira Malwatte, Chairperson & Chief Executive, Sri Lanka Export Development Board as the Commissioner General for Sri Lanka of Expo 2020 Dubai, signed the Official Participation Contract on behalf of Sri Lanka with Mr. Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau in the presence of Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategy and International Trade.

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  • 9 SL garment manufacturers to participate at Texworld/Apparel Sourcing, Home Textile Sourcing in US

    17/07/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    9 SL garment manufacturers to participate at Texworld/Apparel Sourcing, Home Textile Sourcing in US

    A total of nine Sri Lankan garment manufacturers will participate at the summer 2019 edition of Texworld/Apparel Sourcing and Home Textiles Sourcing next week in the US.

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  • EDB exporters’ forums provide relief to businesses

    12/07/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB exporters’ forums provide relief to businesses

    The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) has been conducting the Exporters’ Forum since its inception from late 70s. The EDB has identified the need of a common platform to discuss and resolve the issues faced by the exporter community in Sri Lanka in order to facilitate exporters to overcome constraints arising from policy and operational issues created by various institutes that regulate, operate, and facilitate cross border trade. The EDB as the nation’s prime institute to facilitate export development created this mechanism to enable exporters to submit their issues to the highest levels of state institutions that cannot be reached easily by a trader. The unique feature of the Exporters’ Forum is the participation of the private sector and the public sector to resolve issues, with the political leadership represented by the relevant minister together with direct ministry-level interventions providing solutions to address those issues.

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  • Sri Lankan pavilion to highlight cultural festivals

    11/07/2019 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan pavilion to highlight cultural festivals

    Travellers looking for a reason to plan their next holiday to Sri Lanka will find plenty of them at the Sri Lanka Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, experts said at the UAE Sri Lanka Forum.

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  • EDB Implements Capacity Building Programme for SME Jewellery Manufactures - Design, Product and Market Development

    10/07/2019 EDB Media

    02/01/2017
    EDB Implements Capacity Building Programme for SME Jewellery Manufactures - Design, Product and Market Development

    The SME Jewellery Manufacturers play an important role in the Gem & Jewellery sector. However their contribution to exports is minimal due to a number of reasons. The two major factors which hinder the progress of the SMEs are the lack of awareness on the benefits of using design as a differentiator in the international market and lack of designers who are capable of producing exquisite designs to attract the high end segment in the international market. 

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