2000 Exporters Development Programme

The Economic Statement made by the Hon. Prime Minister in Parliament on 27th October 2016 stated that the export base has remained the same for over 30 years. In order to sustain a higher rate of growth resulting in higher exports following interventions were highlighted as the foundation.

  • The need to connect to the global  value chains
  • Encourage domestic  enterprises to invest in export industry
  • Creating newer market for Sri Lankan exports through FTAs
  • Creating new and productive jobs and livelihood for the young people by creating 1 million jobs by empowering the youth

In the above context, the government envisages to launch a national program in 2017 to establish 2000 exporters during the period 2017 to 2020. Sri Lanka Export Development Board under the purview of Ministry of Development Strategies & International Trade has been entrusted to implement this programme. Accordingly the EDB has initiated following intervention towards implementing this programme.

Implementation Methodology

  • Identifying entrepreneurs
    • Awareness Seminars
    • EDB Regional Offices/Chambers/Development Officers
    • IDB
    • District Secretariats  
    • Regional Enterprise  Forums
    • Products Associations 
    • Steering Committee / Working Group
    • Awareness Seminar Participants 
    • EDB Organized Product / Market specific seminars / Workshops

1.1 Conducting Need Analysis

  • Gathering information of Entrepreneurs through need analysis forms
  • Categorization of entrepreneurs (A – Export Ready, B – Potential, C – Micro & Small).
  • Identifying needs, requirement & capabilities of identified companies

1.2 Maintaining Database for Export Ready & Potential Entrepreneurs
1.3 Categorization of entrepreneurs according to the most potential sectors for

  • Training/Technical Adaptation

2.1 Capacity Building Programme

    • Preparing Export Oriented Business Plans
    • Export Procedure & Market Opportunities
    • Packaging & Labelling
    • Awareness on Standards in Food Value Chain, Quality Assurance & Food Safety System.
    • Entrepreneurship Development
    • Awareness on Benefits available for regional exporters under the GSP+ scheme

2.2 Product Development Programme

    • Design development
    • New product development
    • Value addition
    • Product quality certification
  • Exposure Visits – Local & International

3.1 Market Development Programmme

  • Market exposure programmes (local/ international trade fairs)
  • B2B meetings – Inward Missions
  • E – Marketing
  • Branding
  • Link with direct exporters
  • Facilitate through “Market Access Support Programme”
  • Resources (implementing with EDB budget) and other Stakeholders

4.1 Stakeholders

  • IDB / ITC / “Vidatha” / Ministry of Women Affairs
  • Follow up and Monitoring

Expected Outcome

  • New strategy for an incremental growth of exports;
  • Creation of a new segment of exporters;
  • Attracting local investment for export industries;
  • Increase export volumes of innovative & value added products;
  • 2000 non-exporter entrepreneurs to be transformed into exporters over a period of 3 years;
  • Creating new and productive jobs for the youth in line with the Government’s initiative to create 1 million jobs.

Scheme of Registration Exporters under “2000 New Exporters Programme”

2000 New Exporters Establishment Programme Process

2000 New Exporters Programme Application

2000 New Exporters Establishment Programme Application