The Eighth seminar for the Ratnapura District entrepreneurs on the national program of developing 2000 New Exporters was held on June 07, 2019 at the Kethumathi Hotel, Ratnapura,
1st Seminar was held on March 23, 2017 launching the programme for Northern Province Entrepreneurs in Jaffna and the second phase of the Seminar was held in Kandy for the Central Province Entrepreneurs. The third phase was held for the Southern Province entrepreneurs in Matara. The fourth phase was held for the North Western Province entrepreneurs in Kurunegala. The fifth seminar was held for the Sabaragamuwa Province entrepreneurs in Kegalle. The sixth seminar was held for the North Central Province entrepreneurs in Anuradhapura and seventh seminar was held for the Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar District entrepreneurs in Vavuniya.
The EDB is implementing a national programme to nurture 2000 new entrepreneurs to become exporters during the period 2017 - 2022 at regional level. The main objective of this programme is to encourage domestic enterprises to invest in export industries to achieve the overall export target of US $ 28 billion in 2022.
The program includes an awareness program for entrepreneurs, a technological display of technology used in the export industry for the benefit of entrepreneurs to educate about the export sector, a Forum to resolve the Exporters issues.
The Mini Exhibition on technology is with the participation of stakeholder organizations relevant for the export sector representing Sri Lanka Standards Institution,Industrial Technology Institute,Department of Export Agriculture,National Gem and Jewellery Authority,Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka,Sri Lanka Tea Board,Gem & Jewellery Research and Training Institute.
The seminar will focus on introducing Export business opportunities for development of products suitable for the province including Gem and Jewellery, spice products, processed foods and Ornamental fish and wellness tourism with a view to increase export supplies from the province of those potential products and services.
Hon.Dhamma Dissanayake,Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province, Hon.Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Hon. (Mrs.) Thalatha Atukorale Minister of Justice & Prison Reforms, Hon.karunarathna paranawithana Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Hon. Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Mr.S.T. Kodikara ,Secretary of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama District Secretary of Rathnapura, Ms. Indira Malwatte Chairperson & Chief Executive of Export Development Board and Officials of government and private sector were graced this occasion.