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EDB opens provincial office in Jaffna

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.  Vigneswaran and Chairperson and Chief Executive EDB Indira Malwatte  open the new office
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran and Chairperson and Chief Executive EDB Indira Malwatte open the new office

The Export Development Board (EDB) opened its provincial office in Jaffna last week at the NHDA Building Secretariat, Forest Office Lane, Chundikkuli, Jaffna for the benefit of exporters and export-oriented entrepreneurs in the Northern Province.

The ceremony was graced by Chief Minister, Northern Province, C.V. Vigneswaran, Chairperson and Chief Executive of EDB, Indira Malwatte, officers of state and private institutions.

A workshop to develop business plans for potential exporters from Jaffna was held on the 7th and 8th June 2018 at the Auditorium of the Public Library in Jaffna for the benefit of 35 entrepreneurs who have been registered under the 2000 New Exporter Development Programme of the EDB launched in 2017.

Keeping in line with the government’s economic vision to transform Sri Lanka into a vibrant and prosperous nation through export led growth, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) under the auspices of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade is implementing a National Programme to nurture 2000 new entrepreneurs to become exporters during the year 2017-2020.

The main objective of this programme is to encourage domestic enterprises to invest in export industries, facilitate regional base entrepreneurs to explore new business opportunities and set up or develop enterprises to enter into the Global Market through a systematic approach and to contribute to achieve the national export target of US$ 22 billion in 2020.

In order to achieve the objective, it is essential to identify entrepreneurs who are suitable and interested to join the programme, identify their needs through a Need Analysis and prepare individual Business Development plans to develop them as exporters with the assistance of Public and Private sector Stakeholders.

 The launch of the programme and the first awareness programme was held in Jaffna on the 23rd March 2017 with the participation of over 250 Entrepreneurs.

An Export Products Exhibition and Business Clinics were held parallel to the seminar.

As the follow up to the above programme, a meeting chaired by Hon. C.V. Vigneshwaran, Chief Minister of Northern Province was held with Senior Government Officials of Northern Province to discuss the possibility of obtaining their assistance for future export development activities planned to be carried out during the period 2018-2020. There was also a meeting with business leaders in Northern Province to create awareness on opportunities of the export sectors and to make aware assistance and facilities provided by the government organisations for the export industry with a view to attracting them to venture into the export industries.