Sharp increase in export earnings
Export earnings had increased by 22.76 percent in 2011 compared to
the previous year, said Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB)
chairman Janaka Ratnayaka. He said there was a sharp increase in export
earnings from coconut and related products, spices and essential oils,
diamonds, gems, jewellery, garments and finished rubber products.
Last year’s total export earnings were US$ 10,913. “We have set a
target of US$ 15 billion for exports under the 2011-2015 strategic plan.
This will be achieved by improving small-scale enterprises and extending
support to large scale ventures”, he said.
The SLEDB strives to increase the country’s exportable goods and
services through diversification including new products while
consolidating products and services, the chairman said.