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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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Stakeholder Workshop Review of E-Commerce Readiness Assessment Report, Of Sri Lanka

2019-09-19

Stakeholder Workshop Review of E-Commerce Readiness Assessment Report, Of Sri Lanka

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.

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Disrupt Asia 2019 returns with new focus on augmented living

2019-09-05/ http://www.ft.lk/it-telecom-tech/Disrupt-Asia-2019-returns-with-new-focus-on-augmented-living/50-685186

Disrupt Asia 2019 returns with new focus on augmented living

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.

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FITIS to host API Asia Conference 2019 in October

2019-09-03/ http://www.ft.lk/it-telecom-tech/FITIS-to-host-API-Asia-Conference-2019-in-October/50-685038

FITIS to host API Asia Conference 2019 in October

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).

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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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EDB educates on ICT/BPM opportunities...

2019-09-01/ https://www.pressreader.com/sri-lanka/daily-mirror-sri-lanka/20190902/282303911811059

EDB educates on ICT/BPM opportunities...

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.

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Benefits for IT/BPM sector professionals through SLASSCOM Privilege Loyalty Program

2019-09-01/ http://www.ft.lk/it-telecom-tech/Wide-ranging-benefits-for-IT-BPM-sector-professionals-through-SLASSCOM-Privilege-Loyalty-Program/50-685429

Benefits for IT/BPM sector professionals through SLASSCOM Privilege Loyalty Program

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.

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FITIS’ Infotel 2019 in November

2019-08-29/ http://www.ft.lk/it-telecom-tech/FITIS-Infotel-2019-in-November/50-684743

FITIS’ Infotel 2019 in November

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.

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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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SLASSCOM and Norway sign 2-year agreement to collaborate on ICT development and entrepreneurship

2019-08-21/ http://www.ft.lk/front-page/SLASSCOM-and-Norway-sign-2-year-agreement-to-collaborate-on-ICT-development-and-entrepreneurship/44-684251

SLASSCOM and Norway sign 2-year agreement to collaborate on ICT development and entrepreneurship

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.

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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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Sri Lanka’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy: An agenda to boost economic dynamism

2019-08-04/ http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/03/24/opinion/sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-strategy-agenda-boost-economic

Sri Lanka’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy: An agenda to boost economic dynamism

Around the world, shifts in political economy, technology and the environment are contributing to increasingly turbulent conditions in which policymakers are having to respond to complex dynamics and new sources of uncertainty. Science, technology and innovation are often at the heart of these changes.

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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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National Exports Strategy: ICTA partners MoDSIT to implement IT-BPM sector initiatives

2019-08-02/ http://www.ft.lk/it-telecom-tech/National-Exports-Strategy-ICTA-partners-MoDSIT-to-implement-IT-BPM-sector-initiatives/50-683186

National Exports Strategy: ICTA partners MoDSIT to implement IT-BPM sector initiatives

The Sri Lanka National Exports Strategy (NES) has been swiftly moving its priority actions into implementation since its launch in July 2018.

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ICT Industry Skills Council steps up initiatives

2019-07-25/ http://www.ft.lk/it-telecom-tech/ICT-Industry-Skills-Council-steps-up-initiatives/50-682601

ICT Industry Skills Council steps up initiatives

In yet another significant step forward, the ICT Industry Skills Council (ICTISC) is planning to introduce significant impetus to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Skills Development in the country.

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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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