The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is pleased to announce that the 25th Presidential Export Awards (PEA) Ceremony will be held on Thursday, 23rd November 2023 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) under the patronage of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) successfully organized the inaugural "EDB Open Day" program, aimed at providing guidance to innovative entrepreneurs and encourage their participation in the export sector. Held on 15th June at the EDB premises, the event garnered a tremendous response with over a thousand budding entrepreneurs from across the island in attendance. Notably, the program witnessed a significant participation of young individuals who were passionate in exploring opportunities in the export market.
EDB Boat and Ship Building Advisory Committee emphasized the importance of developing a strategy for the nautical tourism industry in Sri Lanka as the country has a massive potential for nautical tourism considering the high marine diversity as well as the strategic location of the country during the 7th meeting of the Advisory Committee, which was held on 26th May.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is excited to announce the upcoming "EDB Open Day" event - a one-day program – which will take place on Thursday, 15th June, 2023, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the EDB, No 42, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 02. The event will provide a valuable platform for potential exporters, small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, Start-ups and innovative thinkers to explore the opportunities in the export field and know the services offered by the EDB.
An Industry Networking Event and a Technical Workshop on Electronic Assembly were held on 25th May 2023 at the Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa, in association with the IPC India, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), and Sri Lanka Electronic Manufacturers and Exporters Association (SLEMEA).
Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports decreased by 1.96 % to US$ 1,037.5 Million in March 2023 compared to March 2022. Moreover, it is a 5.14 % decrease when compared to March 2021. Less demand created for major products in major markets due to the current economic situation further continues.
In an event held in Colombo on the 28th of April 2023, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) made public the National Organic Certification Mark (NOCM) to increase consumers’ awareness on organic food production. The event was organized by the National Organic Control Unit (NOCU) of the EDB, in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Sri Lanka, co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK Sri Lanka) together with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) organized an awareness program for Sri Lankan exporters in preparation for the forthcoming German Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains that came into force in Germany from 1st January 2023. The initiative aimed to increase awareness regarding the new law in Germany, and outline the challenges and opportunities for Sri Lankan Export Industries.
Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) new Chairman Dr. Kingsley Bernard yesterday revealed plans to achieve $ 31.3 billion target by 2027 thereby heralding much-needed dollar earnings to overcome the prolonged foreign exchange dearth and stabilise the economy.
Veteran Export Professional Dr. Kingsley Bernard assumed Chairmanship of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on 3rd April 2023.
The inaugural conference was convened on the 27th of March, sponsored by International Consultants, Chairman, Mr. Ranjiv Goonawardena, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and the Sri Lankan High Commission in Pretoria.
The Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) was focused on the theme "Branding through Packaging" to support women led businesses in Sri Lanka. The program aimed at enhancing their knowledge on product branding and packaging to help them to enter the international market. The EDB collaborated with Slick, a leading company in Sri Lanka packaging industry, to provide valuable insights and guidance to the participants from their expertise in Branding and Packaging. The program was organized to coincide with International Women's Day and is part of the EDB's efforts to support and empower women led businesses in Sri Lanka to enter the export market.
The official delegation from the Department for International Trade in the UK visited the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on 16th March 2023 to discuss the opportunities for Sri Lanka’s export sector under Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) to be launched by the Government of UK. Ms. Sofie Kinsey, Trade Preferences Policy Manager for Sri Lanka, Mr. Fabian Hartwell, Overseas Trade Policy Advisor for South Asia, and Ms. Asanthi Fernando, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment at the British High Commission in Colombo participated in the discussions at the EDB with the objective of identifying potential export sectors for Sri Lanka to expand in the UK market utilizing the UK DCTS.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) recently conducted an awareness seminar on “Facilitation of agricultural exporters under the Temporary Import for Export Processing (TIEP) Scheme”with the participation of 85 export companies from the agricultural sector.
Sri Lanka is globally known as an emerging destination for IT and IT enabled services. ICT/BPM industry is in the front line of the export earning sectors in Sri Lanka and achieved this position in a shorter period of time when compared with other traditional export sectors. One of the reasons for this development is that Sri Lanka has an important resource than any other country – the talent.
A delegation from Sri Lanka participated in the BIOFACH Trade Fair, the world’s largest annual organic food products trade show held from 14-17 February 2023 in Nuremberg, Germany. This annual trade fair held since 1990 attracts food industry professionals from across the world. This year, 2,765 exhibitors from 95 countries participated in the trade fair. The fair was also attended by 36,000 trade visitors from 135 countries. Germany is one of the largest organic food markets in the world and BIOFACH figures show that the organic sector recorded revenues of €15.3 billion for the German organic market in 2022. In Europe, Germany is the largest market for organic products as well as the largest organic producer. In addition, veganism is increasingly popular in Germany creating export opportunities for meat and dairy substitutes as well as breakfast foods.
Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports decreased by 8.98 % to US$ 1,001.9 Million in January 2023 compared to January 2022 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs. However, it is a 6.97% increase when compared to January 2021