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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 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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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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EDB Chief wants export boom to be everyone’s priority

2020-01-31

EDB Chief wants export boom to be everyone’s priority

Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe yesterday urged that boosting exports must be everyone’s priority, as the key agency set an ambitious yet achievable target of $ 18.5 billion this year, up by 15% from 2019. EDB revealed that as per provisional data, last year Sri Lanka’s total merchandise and service exports amounted to $ 16.14 billion up by 1.44% from 2018. The composition was merchandise exports were $ 11.9 billion, up 0.13% and service exports were $ 4.2 billion, up by 5.3% from 2018. EDB originally targeted $ 18.5 billion exports for 2019, and the estimated performance reflects achievement of 87% of the goal.

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Sri Lanka Wellness Tourism Sector Participation at the “World Travel Market (WTM) London 2019”

2019-11-06

Sri Lanka Wellness Tourism Sector Participation at the “World Travel Market (WTM) London 2019”

The wellness pavilion at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2019 was formally inaugurated with the ribbon-cutting and opening ceremony attended by H.E the High Commissioner of the Sri Lanka High Commission in UK, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Export Development Board and representatives from the participating companies of the Sri Lanka’s Wellness Tourism Industry.

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Sri Lanka plans big for 6 month long Expo 2020 Dubai

2019-10-18/ Source at: Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka plans big for 6 month long Expo 2020 Dubai

Sri Lanka yesterday launched the official website announcing the country’s participation in the six-month long Expo 2020 Dubai, anticipating a major boost to exports, tourism and investments while looking to enhance the country’s brand value and image globally.

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Iconic Sri Lankan Cricketers Mahela and Kumar - Sri Lanka’s Brand Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai

2019-10-14

Iconic Sri Lankan Cricketers Mahela and Kumar - Sri Lanka’s Brand Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai

Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara - two of the most iconic cricketers produced by the country has come on board as Sri Lanka’s Brand Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) as a public private cooperation project .

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Poland and Sri Lanka strengthen bilateral trade relationship

2019-10-12/ http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Poland-and-Sri-Lanka-strengthen-bilateral-trade-relationship/44-687495

Poland and Sri Lanka strengthen bilateral trade relationship

In a bid to strengthen the bilateral trade relationship between Poland and Sri Lanka, LOT Polish Airlines will accompany a trade delegation to Colombo from Warsaw.

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Strategic action plan to boost wellness tourism

2019-10-08/ http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Strategic-action-planto-boost-wellness-tourism/44-687239

Strategic action plan to boost wellness tourism

Wellness tourism in Sri Lanka will be boosted by a ground-breaking strategic action plan by the Export Development Board (EDB), which has partnered Australia’s Market Development Facility (MDF) for support.

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EDB successfully concluded the 23rd Presidential Export Awards Ceremony

2019-09-20

EDB successfully concluded the 23rd Presidential Export Awards Ceremony

The 23rd Presidential Export Award Ceremony (PEA) organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) was successfully held on 19th September 2019 under the patronage of His Excellency the President of Sri Lnaka at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo with the participation of the large number of exporters. The award winners were presented a prestigious PEA Trophy and a Certificate & they have the privilege to use the “Award Logo” as a marketing tool for a 3 year period.

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23rd Presidential Export Awards Ceremony on 19th September 2019

2019-09-19

23rd Presidential Export Awards Ceremony on 19th September 2019

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.

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Peter Kuruvita joins as the Guest Chef for Sri Lanka at Expo 2020 Dubai

2019-09-02/ Source at: Daily FT

Peter Kuruvita joins as the Guest Chef for Sri Lanka at Expo 2020 Dubai

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.

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Expo 2020 Dubai: Sri Lanka plans to attract FDI

2019-08-25/ Source at: Sunday Observer

Expo 2020 Dubai: Sri Lanka plans to attract FDI

The government has allocated Rs. 580 million to promote Sri Lanka’s exports, tourism and investment opportunities at Expo 2020 Dubai, which is expected to draw over 25 million visitors.

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EDB conducts an Awareness Session on NRC’s PPP Programme

2019-08-16

EDB conducts an Awareness Session on NRC’s PPP Programme

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.

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Four decades since ‘visionary’ Export Development Act

2019-08-13/ Source at: Sunday Observer

Four decades since ‘visionary’ Export Development Act

“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.

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National Export Strategy: A year into implementation

2019-08-07/ http://www.ft.lk/business/National-Export-Strategy-A-year-into-implementation/34-683517

National Export Strategy: A year into implementation

Opening a new chapter in the exports playbook, the Government of Sri Lanka launched its flagship national agenda – The National Exports Strategy (NES) – in July 2018. The ambitions and outward looking agenda

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Govt. helps biz map Indian entry

2019-08-06/ Source at: Daily FT

Govt. helps biz map Indian entry

To help Sri Lankan companies eyeing the daunting Indian market, the International Trade and Development Strategies Ministry yesterday launched a new report to assist breaking into India, with Minister Malik Samarawickrama undertaking a visit to India this week to help local businesses find success across the Palk Strait.

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EDB Turns 40 : Contribution to the Economy of the Nation

2019-08-02

EDB Turns 40 : Contribution to the Economy of the Nation

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board [EDB] which turned 40 years on 1st August is the premier state organization for the development and promotion of exports. The Board plays myriad roles in the export sector of the economy, as a Policy Advisor, Monitor, Promoter, Facilitator and Knowledge Provider in carrying out its responsibilities of implementing strategies for achieving national export targets.

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Exports grow 11.4% in first half of 2019

2019-07-24/ Source at: Daily FT

Exports grow 11.4% in first half of 2019

Despite global and local challenges, Sri Lanka’s merchandised and service exports have risen by 11.4% to $ 8.5 billion in the first half of this year, prompting the Government to attribute it to a series of development efforts and assure further support. Releasing the latest yet provisional data, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said yesterday that export sector performance was commendable, though he admitted there is significant scope for higher value. “The 11.4% growth, despite the impact of the October 2018 undemocratic constitutional coup, and the Easter Sunday tragedy, as well as global challenges, is very satisfactory. For the first time, three months of first half of 2019 - January, March and June - have produced over $ 1 billion worth of merchandised exports. We had originally set an ambitious $ 20 billion target for 2019, but we may miss it and end up at around $ 18.5 billion, which will be still higher than the $ 16 billion achieved last year,” Samarawickrama said.

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Sri Lanka, All set for Expo 2020 Dubai

2019-07-18

Sri Lanka, All set for Expo 2020 Dubai

Sri Lanka is now officially an approved participant at the World Expo 2020 Dubai as the Government of Sri Lanka signed the Official Participation Contract with the "Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau” on 08th July 2019. The high level delegation to the UAE for the Contract signing Ceremony was led by Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade. Ms. Indira Malwatte, Chairperson & Chief Executive, Sri Lanka Export Development Board as the Commissioner General for Sri Lanka of Expo 2020 Dubai, signed the Official Participation Contract on behalf of Sri Lanka with Mr. Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau in the presence of Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategy and International Trade.

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