The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, India jointly organized an online briefing session with Amazon India (www.amazon.in) on 29th June, 2021, to explore the digital marketing opportunities available for the Sri Lankan exporters in the Indian market via the highly reputed e-commerce platform; amazon.in.
Upekkha Samaratunga, Minister (Commercial) of Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, India in her opening remarks emphasized the importance of trade through e-commerce platforms especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the briefing, Sidram Kaudaki, Senior Business Development Manager, who is leading the International Brand Partnerships for Amazon India, explained the vision of Amazon.in bringing high-quality products from international brands through trusted sellers by offering prime benefits to them. Amazon.in intends to collaborate with the EDB and the Sri Lanka High Commission to guide Sri Lankan brands to enter the Indian market through www.amazon.in. as they are already partnering with countries such as Australia, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, the US, the UK as well as Switzerland. Amazon.in works collaboratively with Trade Commissioners, Embassies and Associations to launch country-specific stores and therefore, they wishes to collaborate with the EDB and the Sri Lankan High Commission in India to promote Sri Lankan brands among Indian customers.
“Amazon.in is India’s most trusted internet brand. The market value of e-commerce in India is expected to reach US$ 200 billion by 2027 and the number of people using smart phones in India is increasing at an exponential rate”, Kaudaki stated. He invited the Sri Lankan exporter community to make use of amazon.in platform to reach the Indian market which consists of a large number of upper-middle-class consumers.
SME exporters from the Sri Lankan Gift & Handicraft sector joined this discussion to explore the opportunities for their products such as home decors, artificial flowers, wooden & bamboo products, clay products through amazon.in digital platform. During the discussion, they were able to obtain first-hand knowledge on the procedure of promoting products in amazon.in platform, legal requirements as well as the challenges in using digital platforms.