The Chairman is supported by sixteen members, including the Secretary or Addl, Secretary of each Ministry represented in the Export Development Council of Ministers, a member from the Board of Investment (BOI) and six other members having experience and shown capacity in industry, trade or finance or in any other field connected with export development, appointed by the Minister in charge.
The Chairman, who is the Chief Executive, is assisted by a Director General and two Additional Director Generals, supported by several Divisions, each headed by a Director.
Conducting Market Research & Surveys, Organizing market specific Seminars, Webinars & Forums to create awareness among exporters on new market opportunities, regulations, certifications & standards. Formulation & implementation of export market development & promotional programmes (Trade Exhibitions, Inward/ Outward Buyer Seller Meetings - Physical &Virtual). Coordinating activities related to bilateral and multilateral Free Trade Agreements, Joint Economic Commissions, Business Councils maximizing benefits of FTAs, PTAs & JCs etc. Implementation of the financial assistance scheme on Market Promotion (MPA) to support exporters own marketing efforts overseas. Coordinating activities with Trade Promotion Organizations, Commercial Officers overseas to assist exporter community. Provision of advisory services, market information to exporters and handling export-related local and overseas trade inquiries. Implementation of Presidential Export Award Scheme, Capacity building of SMEs on Marketing and Brand Development and Sri Lanka Export Sector Branding Programme.
Developing and promoting a strategically selected group of industrial products through systematic and integrated product development/adaptation, technology development, quality improvement, training and marketing. Identifying and formulating activities & strategies to enhance the overall supply chain efficiency of industrial products with all stakeholders.
The Export Services Division provides assistance and creates opportunities for local professional services companies including ICT/BPM & BPO, Marine & Offshore, Construction, Electronic & Electrical Services, Logistics, Printing and Education to extend their business internationally, thereby increasing export sales and employment prospects in the country through integrated programmes such as supply development, quality improvement and training, initiate product development and adaptation of such products / services to export market requirements. It offers assistance for the ICT/BPM & BPO exporters for market development and consultative services to small and mid-sized businesses and sponsors & co-sponsors educational seminars and training programs for exporters and potential exporters.
Develop & Promote agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture products through systematic and integrated programmes such as value chain enhancement, technology up-gradation, quality improvement, branding & brand promotion, provision of market intelligence, market promotion programmes and the administration of issuance of license for “Pure Ceylon Cinnamon” and “Ceylon Spice” Logos.
The Export Agriculture Division mainly focuses on export promotion of fresh/processed and value added products such as Tea, Spices & Concentrates, Coconut & Coconut-based products, Herbal & Ayurveda Products, Seafood & Aquaculture products, Processed Food, Aquarium Fish, Aquatic plants, Floriculture and Organic Agriculture Products.
National Organic Control Unit (NOCU), which was established under the EDB, is engaged in the monitoring of all organic-related activities in the country such as cultivation, processing, trading, certification, laboratory testing, import and export to protect the credibility & safeguard the image of products exported from Sri Lanka.
Planning and implementing financial activities to ensure efficient financial management and control to supporting development and administrative tasks of the EDB Head Office and Regional Offices.
Preparing and monitoring of the National Export Development Plan as well as the Action Plan & Corporate Plan of the EDB, undertake studies related to macro-economic problems affecting exporters, recommend policy measures to overcome such problems, coordinating the collection of information to study the impact of changes taking place in International Trade particularly in relation to Regional Trade Groups and the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and regulations, analyze and prepare all statistical data relevant to export performance.
Provision of an effective IT services to the organization, facilitating export marketing through an online trading platform showcasing Sri Lanka’s products and services, provision of e-communication, e-promotion, monitoring the EDB website “www.srilankabusiness.com”, maintaining a conducive ICT policy with align to e-government policy in respect of computer hardware, software, usage, access and procurements.
Assisting exporters to achieve trade efficiency by trade facilitation, resolving export related issues faced by exporters (Exporters’ Forum), providing advisory services, operating the scheme of registration of exporters, organizing and conducting training programmes on international trade, provision of trade information service for improving export performance by maintaining trade related data bases, maintaining an up-to-date business library facility, packaging development and training, publications, coordinating seminars and participating at exhibitions.
Resolving legal disputes, preparation of legal documents to be filed in courts and other legal forms and drafting and executing commercial agreements, contracts and bonds related to EDB activities and advise exporters on legal issues.