The 23rd Presidential Export Award Ceremony organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) will be held on Thursday 19th September 2019 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) under the patronage of His Excellency the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Texworld Paris, the undisputed leader when it comes to sourcing for fabrics, components, trimmings and materials for the clothing industry will showcase six Sri Lankan garment manufacturers at the September 2019 edition this week in Le Bourget, Paris.
Stakeholders from several government agencies and private sector representatives gathered for a two-day workshop to finalize the research report; “e-commerce readiness of Sri Lanka” which has been developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC), UK along with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB). The workshops were held on 10th and 11th September 2019 at EDB and it was carried out by Ms. Opeyemi Abebe, Trade advisor, COMSEC,UK and Mr. Abhishek Kumar, Senior Consultant, Grail consulting services, India.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Mumbai, India organised a group of 11 potential SME entrepreneurs to participate in a ‘Production Process Improvement and Market Penetration Program’ coinciding with ‘Annapoorana – Anufood India 2019,’ India’s leading food and beverage trade show held in Mumbai from 28 August to 2 September.
Sri Lankan construction companies participated at the 16th Ethio-Con International Construction Exhibition held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24-27 September, securing new business opportunities in the African continent.
Themed ‘Augmented Living,’ the Disrupt Asia 2019 conference organised by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), is to be held on 12 October, creating a platform for startups to exhibit their innovations on a global scale.
Colombo will host the API Asia Conference 2019 for the first time in October, in an effort to help transform the ICT industry, and also fast track efforts in ensuring a digitally savvy Sri Lanka. The conference will be held on 2 October at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo and is organised by the apex body of the ICT industry, Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS).
Sri Lanka’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai is set in a spectacular manner to ensure the strengthening of the country’s trade, tourism, and investments. The Sri Lanka Export Development Board plays a critical role, together with private and state organisations, to landmark Sri Lanka’s presence at this global event.
With the guidance of Regional Development Division of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB), the Central Provincial Office of the SLEDB organised and conducted two training and buyer link up programs for handicrafts under the One Village One Product (OVOP) concept with collaboration of Divisional Secretariat Office Panvila and M/s Peoples Lanka Ltd. on 14 May and 20 June at the Panvila DS Division in Kandy District.
The Export Development Board (EDB), Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, ICTA together organized an interactive awareness session on August 19 with the objective of leveraging the experiences of the companies who have successfully embarked in the Japanese market and encourage more companies to start business rapport with Japan.
The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) is partnering with CH17, the specialists in corporate loyalty management services to introduce an exclusive Privilege Card for professionals engaged in the IT/BPM industry.
The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), the apex body of the ICT industry, will host INFOTEL 2019, the national ICT exhibition, for the 27th consecutive year with the presence of Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology and INFOTEL Steering Committee 2019 Chairman Ajith P. Perera, at the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology.
The Central Provincial Office of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) organized and conducted “Design & Product Development Programme” under the guidance of the Regional Development Division of SLEDB for Value added Batik under the One Village One Product concept with collaboration of the National Design Centre (NDC) Nattarampotha and District Secretariat, Kegalle on the 15th & 17th July 2019 at the District Secretariat Office, Kegalle successfully.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (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. Accordingly, the EDB has initiated integrated product and market development programmes for export potential SMEs, already registered with “2000 New Exporters Development Programme” to be developed as exporters in 2017-2022.
The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs entered into a two-year agreement to foster collaboration in the ICT industry. The newly-appointed Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Trine Jøranli Eskedal and SLASSCOM Chairman Ranil Rajapakse signed the agreement.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in association with the National Research Council (NRC) held an awareness session on the NRC’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Programme on 29th July, 2019, at the EDB Auditorium targeting the exporter community. The aim of the session was to educate exporters about the modalities of the PPP programme.
“This Act is truly visionary; I wish other countries had this in their export development framework!”, remarked a senior official of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre to me some months back. He was referring to the ‘Sri Lanka Export Development Act No. 40 of 1979’, which marks 40 years this month. He had found it to be an institutional arrangement that was far ahead of its time, and is still having relevance today – not just for Sri Lanka, but also for other developing countries. And he would know, having worked on export development strategies for over a dozen countries around the world.