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Exports a billion dollars for the 3rd time in 2020 - Export Performance in September 2020

2020-10-13

Exports a billion dollars for the 3rd time in 2020 - Export Performance in September 2020

Sri Lanka’s merchandize exports have surpassed the $ 1 billion mark in September after July during this year. Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe said, “I am extremely pleased to see $1 Billion of exports in September.

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EDB targets over USD 13 b export income this year

2020-09-27

EDB targets over USD 13 b export income this year

The revised export target of the Export Development Board for 2020 is US$ 13.39 billion and of that we expect US$ 9.57 billion from merchandise exports and US$ 3.82 billion from services exports, EDB Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe said. He said the EDB has presented 11 project proposals for the 2021 Budget while continuing the National Export Strategy to develop a vibrant export industry.

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Sri Lanka Export Development Board proposes export stimulus reward scheme for exporters

2020-09-25

Sri Lanka Export Development Board proposes export stimulus reward scheme for exporters

The commendable performance of Sri Lankan exporters and the resilience shown during an unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic is to be rewarded by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, of the Ministry of Trade, through a proposed export stimulus Reward Scheme.

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President led first Export Development Council kicks off new initiatives

2020-09-24

President led first Export Development Council kicks off new initiatives

The first meeting of the Export Development Council (EDC) was held yesterday under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, focused on resolving issues related to exports in tandem with the National Export Strategy (NES) to be a game-changer in the post-COVID-19 economic transformation of Sri Lanka.

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E-commerce Readiness Assessment Report Sri Lanka launched

2020-09-22

E-commerce Readiness Assessment Report Sri Lanka launched

E-commerce Readiness Assessment Report Sri Lanka was launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB). The report is the result of a request by the EDB in 2018 for technical assistance from COMSEC to conduct an e-readiness assessment for Sri Lanka and undertake capacity-building programmes on e-commerce for SMEs and women entrepreneurs. The project was funded by COMSEC through the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC). The publication comes at a time when businesses in Sri Lanka were compelled to exploit e-commerce mechanisms in the wake of lockdowns and travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

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Exports a near billion dollars for the 3rd consecutive month in a row - Export Performance in August 2020

2020-09-14

Exports a near billion dollars for the 3rd consecutive month in a row - Export Performance in August 2020

Sri Lanka’s exports during the month of August 2020 recorded a downfall of 19.2% to US$ 947.7 Mn as compared to the value of US$ 1,033.3 Mn recorded same month of last year.

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The V shape recovery of Exports further up in July

2020-08-14

The V shape recovery of Exports further up in July

Sri Lanka’s exports have surpassed the $ 1 billion mark in July after six months time period where a similar achievement was only recorded in January during this year.

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The bounce is back - Export Performance June 2020

2020-07-18

The bounce is back - Export Performance June 2020

Earnings from merchandise exports rebounded in June 2020 to US $ 906.02 Mn as per the Customs statistics, with the export sector progressively commencing actions following the relaxation of lockdown measures and the recovery of both domestic and global supply and demand chains to some extent.

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Despite COVID 19 pandemic Sri Lanka’s global image rose phenomenally

2020-06-23

Despite COVID 19 pandemic Sri Lanka’s global image rose phenomenally

Sri Lanka Export Development Board’s Director of the Export Agriculture Division Malani Baddegamage in an interview with Daily News Finance yesterday, stressed that Sri Lanka’s global image rose phenomenally following the outbreak of COVID 19 as buyers were convinced with the manner that the Government controlled the spread of global pandemic.

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Fast-tracking export resilience: Renewed thinking, renewed strategies

2020-06-03

Fast-tracking export resilience: Renewed thinking, renewed strategies

Exports play an important role in a country’s economy as they influence the level of growth, employment and balance of payments. For Sri Lanka, the focus on exports is now more important than ever, as the island nation looks to bring in foreign currency to boost the economy.

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Export Performance – April 2020

2020-05-21

Export Performance – April 2020

According to Customs monthly provisional exports statistics, merchandize export earnings have recorded a historical decrease by nearly 64% to US $ 277.4 Mn from US $ 772.57 Mn documented in April 2019.

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Export Performance – March 2020

2020-04-29

Export Performance – March 2020

According to monthly exports statistics, merchandize export earnings have decreased by nearly 42% to US $ 646 Mn from US $ 1112 recorded in March 2019.

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Exports: A National Priority

2020-04-19

Exports: A National Priority

Following our statement last week, the EDB strengthens our clarion call to understand that exports are now our nation’s number one priority. As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies across the globe, we at the EDB have taken a strong stance and realized that it is the export sector that will get Sri Lanka through this crisis. During these times of unparalleled circumstances, we see a large impact on Sri Lanka’s foreign direct investment, our tourism sector and our country’s overall economic standing. Therefore, we ask other government agencies to recognize and support the export sector during this time. For all exporters, it is imperative to take immediate action. The foreign exchange that we bring in through the export sector is essential in our efforts to survive this crisis as a nation.

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A Clarion Call to Exporters; Commence All Exports!

2020-04-10

A Clarion Call to Exporters; Commence All Exports!

It’s a difficult moment for the world. We are fighting the coronavirus pandemic whilst our nation’s exporters have been facing challenging times for the past two months. The EDB requests that now more than ever, the time has come for us to prepare our businesses to stay up and running. As a nation, we are no stranger to disaster, having faced our fair share of adversity. We are confident that we will weather this storm and as we have done in the past, Sri Lanka will emerge stronger than ever and continue focusing on our main goal - recommencing exports, restoring them to their former level and increasing them.

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EDB cuts 2020 export target by $ 7.75 b on COVID-19 worries

2020-04-06

EDB cuts 2020 export target by $ 7.75 b on COVID-19 worries

Considering the unprecedented disruption to the global economy and trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Export Development Board has revised its 2020 exports forecast by a hefty 42% to $10.75 billion.

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Relief to exporters to overcome covid-19 crisis

2020-03-30

Relief to exporters to overcome covid-19 crisis

The Central Bank on 27th March 2020 announced a series of wide-ranging financial concessions to alleviate the hardships businesses are facing owing to the impact of Covid-19. The concessions are applicable to the entire gamut of organisations ranging from large corporate to self-employed individuals, and particularly to export-related enterprises. The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) took the initiative in bringing the severity of the crisis situation the business community, particularly the export sector, is facing and the dire need to give relief, to the notice of the Central Bank and other key Government stakeholders.

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EDB Chief calls on Govt. to extend financial moratorium to all exporters

2020-03-24

EDB Chief calls on Govt. to extend financial moratorium to all exporters

The Government should extend the financial moratorium to all exporters, as merchandise exports will be the first to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis is controlled, a top official said.

“The moratorium on loans and interests that the Government has introduced to the apparel, tourism, IT and SME sectors should be extended to all exporters. Merchandise exports will be the first to recover and help the economy,” Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe told Daily FT.

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Sri Lanka Customs Offers a Window of Concession to Exporters During Corona Outbreak

2020-03-23

Sri Lanka Customs Offers a Window of Concession to Exporters During Corona Outbreak

Sri Lanka Customs has taken immediate steps to assist the exporters whose export of products have been delayed by the corona outbreak to export products that have been produced and prepared for exportation as well as goods that are essential and urgently required to be exported to respective countries.

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Export Performance - January 2020 - EDB

2020-03-04

Export Performance - January 2020 - EDB

According to the latest customs provisional data the total exports from Sri Lanka in January 2020, recorded a marginal increase of 0.96% in comparison to the similar period of the previous year, due to the merchandise exports recording a drop of 7.41% and the projected growth of 26% of Service exports, The merchandise exports stood at US$ 961 Mn in January 2020, which is lesser than US$ 77 Mn, in January 2019. The figure for Service exports has not yet been released and the EDB has projected figures based on the past published records. It was revealed that only in the year 2019 the exports recorded over one billion in comparison to the figures of the last five years.

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EDB Chairman predicts a bright future for Sri Lanka’s fruit and vegetable exports

2020-03-02

EDB Chairman predicts a bright future for Sri Lanka’s fruit and vegetable exports

Prabhash Subasinghe, Chairman - EDB, predicted a bright future for Sri Lanka’s fruit and vegetable exporters, as the new government under the guidance of HE President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has placed a great emphasis to develop agriculture via advanced technologies. Subasinghe encouraged the fruit and vegetable exporters to exploit the opportunities from the new government’s people-centric economic development policies to generate a higher export income. He made these remarks during a meeting with the industry leaders last week at the EDB.

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