The Export Development Board (EDB) implementing a national programme to nuture 2000 new entrepreneurs to become exporters during the period 2017-2022 at regional level, held the fifth awareness seminar, technical exhibition and job fair for Sabaragamuwa entrepreneurs at the Factory Ambanpitiya, Kegalle on January 28.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 program includes an awareness program for entrepreneurs, a technological display for the export industry for school students to educate them about the export sector, a discussion with top business leaders to attract them to the export sector and a job fair.
The seminar was focused on introducing Export business opportunities for the development of products suitable for the province including spice products, ornamental articles, gems and jewelery, processed foods, ayurvedic products, coir products, Ornamental fish, IT and communication services, with a view to increase export supplies from the province of those potential products.
Launching the programme, the first Seminar was held on March 23, for the Northern Province Entrepreneurs in Jaffna and the second phase of the Seminar was held in Kandy for the Central Province Entrepreneurs. The third phase was held for the Southern Province entrepreneurs in Matara. The fourth phase was held for the North Western Province entrepreneurs in Kurunegala.
The Mini Exhibition on technology was held with the participation of stakeholder organizations relevant for the export sector such as Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Industrial Development Board, Industrial Technology Institute,National Engineering Research and Development Centre of Sri Lanka, Department of Export Agriculture, Sri Lanka Institutes of Nanotechnology, Dept. of National Botanic Gardens, National Gem and Jewellery Authority,Rubber Research Board, National Craft Council,Clinco Rubber Mouldings (Pvt)Ltd, Lanka Organics (Pvt)Ltd and National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka,
The Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province, Mr.Dhamma Dissanayaka, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Mr. Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Mr. Kabir Hashim, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Mr.. Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, , Secretary of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Mr.S.T. Kodikara , Chairperson & Chief Executive of Export Development Board Ms. Indira Malwatte , government officials and leaders of the private sector graced this occasion.