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Sri Lanka’s Export Performance January - May 2021

2021-06-22

Sri Lanka’s Export Performance January - May 2021

Sri Lanka’s export sector performance has been able to managed its growth momentum in May 2021 with the challenges of this pandemic.  “We are happy to see that export levels are reaching fast to the pre-Covid 19 levels despite the continuous multiple challenges faced by our exporters with intermittent travel restrictions and local area isolations. Maximum efforts are be taken to secure the export orders in hand while attracting new orders to the country – the responsibility of the authorities are to facilitate the exporters in every possible way to keep them operating”, Chairman, EDB.

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Bridging over 100 Sri Lankan ICT Companies with UAE Market

2021-06-21

Bridging over 100 Sri Lankan ICT Companies with UAE Market

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi organized a webinar along with the Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai to bridge over 100 Sri Lankan ICT firms and professionals with the UAE market, to discover the brand new alternatives within the ICT trade on 11 June, 2021.

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EDB Chief calls on export-oriented global firms to set up base in SL

2021-06-11

EDB Chief calls on export-oriented global firms to set up base in SL

Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Suresh de Mel yesterday presented six focused sectors that provide a plethora of opportunities for export-oriented global firms to set up bases in Sri Lanka.

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EDB plans revision to 2021 export target

2021-05-24

EDB plans revision to 2021 export target

EDB Chairman Suresh de Mel stated that the export target would certainly witness a revision due to the week-long travel restrictions that have come into effect and several areas being caught under the isolation. However, he said it is too premature to assess the impact or divulge the revised target. He noted that the revision is ‘absolutely necessary’.

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Sri Lanka’s Export Performance January - April 2021

2021-05-20

Sri Lanka’s Export Performance January - April 2021

Sri Lanka’s export performance continued its upward momentum in the first three months of 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown last year, exports were contracted by a record 64.63 per cent in April 2020. However in April this year, exports grew up by 183 per cent to US$ 798.9 Mn in comparison to the previous year.

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EDB supports exporters to continue operations during latest travel restrictions and lockdowns of certain areas in the country

2021-05-15

EDB supports exporters to continue operations during latest travel restrictions and lockdowns of certain areas in the country

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) has made arrangements to facilitate export-oriented industries based on the circulars issued by the Government Health Authorities to continue operations of their activities during lockdown of specific areas in the country and inter-provincial travel restrictions subject to stringent health regulations.

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Sri Lanka’s Export Performance January - March 2021

2021-04-28

Sri Lanka’s Export Performance January - March 2021

Sri Lanka surpassed $ 1 billion exports in March 2021 after a lapse of six months period. As per the Customs statistics, earnings from merchandise exports recorded double digit growth of 62.47% in March 2021 on y-o-y comparison – the March figure being US$ 1,066.1 Mn.

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Continuous growth in exports in February 2021 amidst multiple challenges

2021-03-23

Continuous growth in exports in February 2021 amidst multiple challenges

Sri Lanka’s export earnings registered a growth of 2.52% with US$ Mn 993.73 in February, compared to the previous year, maintaining the growth momentum recorded during the last five months as per the provisional statistics released by Sri Lanka Customs. This is the highest export figure recorded for the month of February during the last five-year period.

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Sri Lanka Oman ICT/BPM sector collaboration mooted

2021-03-11

Sri Lanka Oman ICT/BPM sector collaboration mooted

The Sri Lanka Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman jointly with the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) organised an introductory webinar on the ICT/BPM sector, in collaboration with Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) with the view to connecting Sri Lankan and Omani ICT/BPM sector companies.

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Sri Lankas Earnings from Exports reached to US$ 908.07 Mn in January 2021

2021-03-08

Sri Lankas Earnings from Exports reached to US$ 908.07 Mn in January 2021

Hon. Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Trade urged the whole stakeholders to actively engage in assisting all exporters of the country in every possible manner during this turbulent period enabling exporters to strengthen our economy.

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EDB Chief spells out measures to aim for $ 16 b goods and services exports in 2021

2021-02-16

EDB Chief spells out measures to aim for $ 16 b goods and services exports in 2021

Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) new Chairman Suresh de Mel this week expressed confidence of giving the best shot at realising a near $ 16 billion target for 2021 despite domestic and global challenges. This confidence stems from a plethora of new initiatives as well as fine-tuning existing endeavours to develop and boost exports.

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EDB forecasts near $ 16 b total exports in 2021

2021-02-15

EDB forecasts near $ 16 b total exports in 2021

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is forecasting a performance of $ 15.68 billion in merchandise and service shipments in 2021.

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2020 marks a successful year for Sri Lanka exports

2021-01-20

2020 marks a successful year for Sri Lanka exports

The US$ 13.5 billion export target set for merchandise export sectors in early 2020 remains challenging, requiring not only strong efforts from local enterprises, but also the recovery of global demand amid complicated Covid-19 situation. Amid severe impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports remain at US$ 9.9 billion in 2020, which is a 104 % achievement from the revised forecast of US$ 9.5 billion.

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EDB intensifies online export promotions

2020-11-11

EDB intensifies online export promotions

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.

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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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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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Sri Lanka’s IT-BPM industry: A beacon of resilience in the face of COVID-19

2020-05-19

Sri Lanka’s IT-BPM industry: A beacon of resilience in the face of COVID-19

‘Drifting the curve’ is the SLASSCOM industry strategy for building momentum to come out of the ‘corner’ (current situation) stronger. When race car drivers approach a bend on the track, unlike ordinary drivers who slow down, they accelerate. This is known as ‘drifting the curve’. It’s all about how much momentum you have when you come out of the corner.

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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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