EDB holds entrepreneur awareness seminar, tech exhibition
The eighth seminar for the Ratnapura district entrepreneurs on the national programme of developing 2000 new exporters was held on June 7th at Kethumathi Hotel, Ratnapura.
The Export Development Board (EDB) is implementing a national programme to nurture 2000 new entrepreneurs to become exporters during the period 2017 – 2022, at regional level.
The main objective of this programme is to encourage domestic enterprises to invest in export industries to achieve the overall export target of US$ 28 billion in 2022.
The programme includes an awareness programme for entrepreneurs, a technological display of technology used in the export industry for the benefit of entrepreneurs to educate about the export sector, a forum to resolve the exporters’ issues.
The mini exhibition on technology is with the participation of stakeholder organisations relevant for the export sector representing Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Industrial Technology Institute, Export Agriculture Department, National Gem and Jewellery Authority, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Tea Board and Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute.
The seminar will focus on introducing export business opportunities for development of products suitable for the province including gem and jewellery, spice products, processed foods and ornamental fish and wellness tourism with a view to increase export supplies from the province of those potential products and services.
Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Dhamma Dissanayake, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema, Justice & Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale, Skills Development and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana, Development Strategies and International Trade Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry Secretary S.T. Kodikara, Rathnapura District Secretary Malani Lokupothagama, Export Development Board Chairperson and Chief Executive Indira Malwatte and officials of government and private sector graced this occasion.
Officials at the event
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