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  • Sri Lanka Pavilion at 7th China International Import Expo 2024 21 February 2024

    Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing and Sri Lanka Consulate General in Shanghai, China is organizing a Sri Lanka Pavilion at 7th China International Import Expo 2024, from 5th to 10th November 2024 to be held at the National Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China. The event is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

    CIIE 2023 was attended by 3,486 exhibitors representing 7 major industries from over 128 countries & regions, and international trade organizations.  The event also included Economic Forums and bilateral business meetings for participants.

    FOR WHOM
    Exporters from following sectors are invited for participation:

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

    COST OF PARTICIPATION AND EDB ASSISTANCE
    The cost of space, construction and all related expenses are to be borne by the participating companies. EDB will coordinate all activities towards organizing the Sri Lanka Pavilion for the participants to display products in collaboration with Sri Lanka Missions in China. EDB may consider 50% cost sharing towards space & construction for a few SME companies subject to the availability of budgets.

    HOW TO APPLY
    Application should be made on the prescribed form available in the Market Development Division, 8th Floor, EDB or could be downloaded from the EDB website www.srilankabusiness.com under the section “Announcements”.

    Duly completed applications should be sent through registered post to reach the Director/ Market Development, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, No. 42, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 02 on or before Friday, 8th March 2024 by mentioning “CIIE China 2024” on top left hand corner of the cover.

    Selection of suitable participants will be done by an interview panel appointed by the EDB.   For further information, please contact Ms. Apsara Arampath, Assistant Director. Tel: 0112300705-11 (Ext. 271), E- mail: [email protected].

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  • Sri Lanka Pavillion at CISMEF 2024 In China 16 February 2024

    The EDB in collaboration with the IDB proposes to organize a Sri Lanka Pavilion at 19th China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou, China to be held from 27th to 30th June 2024. The objective of organizing this programme is to provide an opportunity for Sri Lankan export ready entrepreneurs and SMEs to enter the Chinese Market & to establish buyer connections with the prospective Chinese buyers.

    CISMEF is the largest and most important event for SMEs in the Asian-Pacific region. This annual event houses around 5,000 standard booths and attracts around 200,000 visitors each year.

    It is proposed to organize a Sri Lanka pavilion with around 35 exhibitors at the CISMEF 2024.

    Following product sectors have been identified to promote at CISMEF 2024

    • Food and Beverage including Ceylon Tea, Seafood, Fruits & Vegetable, Snack Foods, Dried Foods, Nuts, Confectionary, Biscuit, etc.
    • Apparels
    • Spice and Allied Products
    • Gems and Jewellery
    • Coir and Coir Products
    • Giftware, Lifestyle and Handloom Products
    • Ayurveda and wellness Products
    • ICT and Knowledge Services

    Any Other products that have potential to China will also be considered.

    Entrepreneurs based in provinces of the above product categories are encouraged to apply for this programme.

    Cost of Participation
    Selected companies will be provided a constructed booth at the event.  The airfare, hotel accommodation, freight of samples and branding cost of the Sri Lanka pavilion will have to borne by participating companies.

    Application and Selection
    If you are interested in exhibiting at the Sri Lankan pavilion, please forward the completed application on the prescribed form to reach the Director – Regional Development Division on or before 05th March 2024. Application forms could be obtained from the Regional Development Division of EDB, Provincial Offices of Kandy, Kurunagala, Matara and Jaffna, and also could be downloaded from the EDB web site: www.srilankabusiness.com under the “Announcements”. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee.

    For further details please contact
     Mr. D.M.P. Dissanayake/ Deputy Director
     0112303026
     0112303028
     [email protected]

    Regional Office – Kandy
     0812233592
     [email protected]

    Regional Office – Matara
     0412231591
     [email protected]

    Regional Office – Kurunegala
      0372221972
     [email protected]

    Regional Office – Jaffna
     0212215944
     [email protected]

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  • Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) 03 August 2023

    The EU Commission by the implementing regulation - (EU) 2022/144, has entered the name ‘Ceylon Cinnamon’ to the register of Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications (Ceylon Cinnamon PGI) with effect from 2nd February, 2022.

    The ownership and custodianship of the “Ceylon Cinnamon” is vested with the Export Development Board (EDB), in accordance with the Cabinet Memorandum approved by the Cabinet Ministers in year 2009.

    The Export Development Board (EDB) is empowered to issue the license for Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) Mark pursuant to the implementing regulation - (EU) 2022/144, to the eligible stakeholders of Ceylon Cinnamon value chain who implement a control plan that complies with the stipulated GI specifications (Annexure I - Eligible stakeholders of Ceylon Cinnamon value chain).

    The ‘PGI Mark” can be displayed only on value added Ceylon Cinnamon Packs including Cinnamon cut quills, Cinnamon powder, and Cinnamon leaf oil & Cinnamon bark oil containing 100% Pure Ceylon Cinnamon grown, processed, and manufactured in Sri Lanka.

    Those interested

    The Cinnamon stakeholders who comply with the following eligibility criteria are invited to forward their applications to EDB to obtain license to use PGI mark for above mentioned Ceylon Cinnamon products.

    Eligibility Criteria;

        •  Member of the Association for Ceylon Cinnamon Protected Geographical Indication (ACCPGI). If you are not a member of the association, please forward your application to ACCPGI (Annexure-II – Notice of ACCPGI).
    OR
    Contact the Department of Export Agriculture (DEA) office relevant to your district http://www.dea.gov.lk/contact-dist/ to obtain membership of ACCPGI.

        •  Implementation of three levels of control in the supply chain following the guide books published referring to Ceylon Cinnamon GI specification (self-control, internal control, and external control)-Annexure-III Guide books for growers /processors/ manufacturers and exporters.

        •  Recommendation from the competent authority who act as external controller (Department of Export Agriculture) as a PGI farmer, processor, manufacture or exporter.

    Application Guidelines;

    The Cinnamon value chain players who fulfil the above three eligibility criteria are requested to submit a duly completed application form by e-mail / post to - Director/Export Agriculture Division No.42, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo-02 or through email to [email protected] along with the recommendation from the Department of Export Agriculture.

    Applications could be obtained from the Export Agriculture Division of the EDB (6th Floor) or downloaded from the EDB website https://www.srilankabusiness.com/announcements

    For Information;

    For further details please contact Ms Dinushi Herath, Department of Export Agriculture on 076 4661709, or Mr. Faheem / Mr. Gayan, Export Promotion Officers of EDB on 0112-300732, E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected]

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