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NCE gears for 2020

Shiham Marikar
Shiham Marikar

The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) is cognisant of the vital role it could play in policy advocacy in the field of exports to further the growth of the economy.

For this purpose, the Chamber proposes to strengthen during the year its policy advocacy and capabilities. Among the large number of areas which need Policy Advocacy, the Chamber proposes to focus initially on the following:

i. Budget Implementation Process ii. Implementation of the National Single Window iii. Enhancing Research and Development in Export Sectors iv. Creating a Trade Adjustment Process v. Addressing the Energy Issue vi. Creating Public Awareness on the Free Trade Agreements vii. Empowerment of Women viii. Vat Refund Issues ix. Inclusion of Persons with Disability into the Main Stream Economy x. Addressing the shortage of Skilled Labour xi. Foreign Direct Investment.

As a new service this year, the NCE has set up an advisory panel of local consultants who are specialists in specific fields related to exports

The dearth of skilled labour in respect of certain categories of export enterprises is an issue of concern to develop exports.

The Chamber will collaborate with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), to provide training in respect of specific categories to acquire skills, with the assurance of placement to fill existing job opportunities in member export oriented enterprises.

Digital marketing of products and services is a modern trend in international trade. To facilitate this concept among export enterprises, the NCE has set up an ‘e-marketing’ Product Catalogue Page in its website.

The professional training affiliate of the NCE viz: the National Institute of Exports (NIOE) has been conducting training courses in International Trade Management at the certificate and diploma levels.

The Chamber has further expanded this service by offering Business Language Courses.

In October this year the Chamber will participate in the Dubai Expo 2020 which is a high profile international trade event.

The program of the NCE to set up the ‘Women’s Wing 2020’ is designed to encourage more women in business and increase their capacity to become Exporters from the level of local Entrepreneurs.

Simultaneously they will be provided the skills through seminars and training programs to approach new markets.

During the year the NCE proposes to conduct a series of small scale technical seminars and workshop for the benefit of entrepreneurs as well as those who are employed in export oriented ventures, on subjects which are of current interest and of relevance to the field of exports, to upgrade and update their knowledge.

The Potential Exporters Program of the NCE will assist small scale entrepreneurs who provide products and services to the local market, as well as supply products and services to direct exporters, to develop themselves to become direct exporters. The Chamber will continue to publish the Quarterly “Sri Lanka Exporter Magazine”.

The Coffee Table Book, is an annual publication. Its second edition will be released this year.