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  • Participation 4th China International Import Expo 18 January 2021

    The 4th edition of China International Import Expo (CIIE) will be held from 5th to 10th November 2021 at the National Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

    CIIE 2020 has been attended by over 100 countries and international trade organizations. The Expo showcased 7 major industries in an area of 360,000 sq.m. and more than 400,000 professional visitors had registered to attend. The event also includes Economic Forums and Bilateral Business Meetings.

    The EDB in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing and Sri Lanka Consulate General in Shanghai, China is making arrangements to organize Sri Lanka’s participation at the 4th CIIE-2021.

    Exporters of the sectors below are invited to apply.

    1. Food & Agriculture section - Tea and herbal drinks, Coconut and Coir Products, Spices & Essential Oil, Confectionary Products, Processed Food, Fresh Fruits, Sea Food.
    2. Consumer Goods section - Gem & Jewellery, Lift style products, Apparel, Rubber products, Spa products, Beauty care products, Handicraft products.
    3. Trade in services section- Wellness, Logistic and ICT sectors.

    The EDB may consider providing assistance towards the cost of booth construction of a 9 sq.m. area. The cost of space of a 9 sq.m. area amounting to Rs. 600,000/- together with the cost of airfare, hotel accommodation, freight and clearance charges, duties applicable to sample exhibits, cost of internal travel will have to be borne by the participating companies.

    Application should be made on the prescribed form available in the Market Development Division (8th Floor), EDB or could be downloaded from the website www.srilankabusiness.com under the section “Announcement”. Duly completed application form should be sent to the Director/ Market Development, EDB on or before Wednesday, 03rd February 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel. The final decision on the participation of the selected companies will be taken by the Expo organizers in China and will depend on the availability of space.

    For further information, please contact Ms. Kasuni Herath, Export Promotion Officer Tel : 0094-112300710 (Ext. 259), Fax: 0094-11-2300715, E- mail: [email protected]

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  • Market Promotion Assistance (MPA) Scheme 2021-2022 11 January 2021

    Sri Lanka Export Development Board proposes to extend financial assistance to the Sri Lankan enterprises under the Market Promotion Assistance (MPA) Scheme for their own efforts on market development activities on cost sharing basis, with the objective to strengthen the export sector and mitigate the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.


    Category 1
    Assistance will be considered up to a maximum of Rs. 500,000/- per year on reimbursement basis for export promotional activities.

    Category 2
    Assistance will be considered up to a maximum of Rs. 1.0 Mn to develop and promote Sri Lankan home grown brands per year on reimbursement basis.

    Refer scheme guidelines for details.

    Enterprises interested in overseas market promotion

    Application form together with the scheme guidelines could be downloaded from the EDB website - www.srilankabusiness.com under “Announcements”.

    Duly completed application with all relevant documents as stipulated in the scheme guidelines should reach the Director-Market Development, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, No. 42, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 2, at least four (4) weeks prior to the date of commencement of the program.

    For further information, please contact Ms. Erandi Shyamali - Assistant Director, Ms Chami Hettiarachchi – Export Promotion Officer or Ms. Manuka Perera – Export Promotion Officer of the Market Development Division via Tel; 0112300721/22 , E-mails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] 

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  • Financial Assistance Scheme for the Agriculture and Fisheries Export Enterprises to Move Up in the Value Chain 04 January 2021

    Strengthening local enterprises and establishing Sri Lanka as a global innovative hub have been identified as key development strategies to achieve economic prosperity of the country under the government policy framework, “Vistas of prosperity and splendor”. The exporters are encouraged to conduct R & D to develop new products required by the international market increasing the productivity and efficiency of their respective industries.

    EDB invites proposals from Agriculture and Fisheries products manufacturers and exporters having aspiration to introduce innovative high value products to expand the export product basket. EDB wishes to facilitate such R & D initiatives to be implemented in collaboration with local R & D Institutions under the above scheme on cost sharing basis.

    Companies engaged in the manufacturing and exports of food & beverages, fruits & vegetables, spices & concentrates, coconut-based products, Ayurveda, herbal & spa products, seafood & aquaculture are eligible to apply.

    A grant up to a maximum of Rs 2.0 Mn per company to be provided to cover 50% of the cost of below activities

    1. Conduct R&D to develop high value products jointly with reputed local research institutions engaged in innovative product development.
    2. Acquire a high value innovative product already developed by a local R&D institution for commercialization for export purposes.

    Application form together with the scheme could be downloaded from the EDB website - www.srilankabusiness.com under “Announcements”.

    Duly completed applications with all relevant documents as stipulated in the scheme should be submitted to Director, Export Agriculture Division, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, No. 42, NDB - EDB Tower, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 02 on or before 31st January 2021.

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  • Obtain a License from the EDB for ‘Ceylon Spices’ Trademark 24 July 2020

    EDB has developed a National Brand for Sri Lankan Spices focusing on Cinnamon, Pepper, Clove, Nutmeg & Mace and Cardamom. The trademark supports growers, processors and manufacturers to clearly identify their products as ‘Made in Sri Lanka’ and informs customers and consumers that all products are of genuine Sri Lankan origin.

    The ‘Ceylon Spices’ Logo is owned by the EDB and is promoted as global trademark. The Trademark would carry the Lion placed inside the Sri Lanka Flag with the wordings “Ceylon Spices” with the “Born in Sri Lanka” tagline. The “Ceylon Spices” Trademark could be used only for Spices 100% grown, manufactured and packed in Sri Lanka. Those who wish to use the ‘Ceylon Spices’ Trademark on export product packages should obtain a license from the EDB. The EDB is empowered to issue License for “Ceylon Spices” Trademark.

    For further details please contact Ms. Nilmini Wanasinghe or Ms. Nipuni Munasinghe on 0112-300705-11, Fax 0112-304879,E-mail: [email protected]/[email protected]. Duly completed applications should be sent to reach the Director, Export Agriculture Division of the EDB.

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  • Notice to all Organic Certification / Inspection Bodies operating in Sri Lanka 13 February 2020

    All local organic Certification/Inspections bodies operating in Sri Lanka are hereby requested to obtain accreditation from Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) as per ISO 17065:2012 and register with National Organic Control Unit (NOCU) under EDB before the deadline indicated below. The relevant applications for accreditation could be collected from the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board, No. 104 A, Kitulwatte Road, Borella or downloaded from the SLAB website www.slab.lk

  • Invitation for Cinnamon Stakeholders for Ceylon Cinnamon Geographical Indication Association (CCGIA) 04 July 2018

    Industry stakeholders to obtain Geographical Indication (GI) for “Ceylon cinnamon" in the European Union (EU) covering five districts, namely, Galle, Matara, Kaluthara, Rathnapura and Hambanthota. We wish to extend a cordial invitation to cinnamon industry stakeholders including growers, manufacturers, traders and exporters in Galle, Matara, Kaluthara, Rathnapura and Hambanthota districts and cinnamon products originated from said districts to register with the GI Association and actively participate in the establishment & implementation of the Ceylon Cinnamon GI Association.

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