A Korean entrepreneur has won the business rights to a cable car project in Sri Lanka’s Kandy home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Turkey and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) jointly organized a Webinar and Business Networking Session last week in collaboration with the Turkish Economic Relations Board (DEIK). More than 85 participants attended the webinar.
The export development board is pleased to see an export focused budget which will support strong export growth led by investment, value addition and maximizing our Sri Lankan natural resources, this is a pivotal change in Sri Lanka’s growth strategy which will be led by the exporters.
Since the UK is the main market for Sri Lanka’s exports to the EU region and the second largest export market after the USA, it is important for Sri Lanka to receive the same tariff preferences it was enjoying prior to Brexit when trading with the UK in the post Brexit period.
As per the Customs statistics, earnings from merchandise exports recorded a negative growth of 14.9% in October 2020 to US$ 831.72 Mn as compared to the value of US$ 977.3 Mn recorded in October 2019. This poor performance is due to the adverse impact of 2nd wave of Covid 19 pandemic within the country and globally.
Due to the difficulties of organizing physical export promotion programmes during this pandemic situation, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with Foreign Ministry and the Sri Lankan Missions overseas has initiated online sessions to enable foreign buyers and Sri Lankan exporters meet via virtual platforms with the objective of creating trade linkages between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world, as it is imperative to sustain the nation’s export promotional activities in spite of severe challenges caused by COVID-19.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on 6th November 2020 between the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and COFCO Womai Investment Co., Ltd to establish an online National Exhibition Hall to promote Sri Lanka’s export products in the www.womai.com e-commerce platform as a parallel activity to the Sri Lanka’s participation at the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2020. CIIE 2020 will be held from 5th to 10th of November at the National Convention Center, Shanghai, China with the intention to expand the access to the Chinese market.
The Export Development Board (EDB), expressing its concern about the resurgence of COVID-19 in main markets, has called on the private sector to plan and prepare as it is threatening to impact trade once again.