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‘2000 New Exporters’ goes live in Vavuniya

Minister of Industry Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen addresses the seventh awareness session of SLEDB’s ‘2000 New Exporters Programme’ Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama looks on
Minister of Industry Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen addresses the seventh awareness session of SLEDB’s ‘2000 New Exporters Programme’ Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama looks on

One of the lowest provincial contributors to its national GDP, (at 4-5%,) Sri Lanka’s Northern Province is to be linked to the export supply chain –and not by the Province’ manufacturing output but more so by leveraging an abundant resource, the robust youth within the Province.

“I am positive that this initiative can commence the linking process of Northern Province to our export markets. Human resources are widely available in the Northern Province,” stressed Minister of Industry Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons & Cooperative Development Rishad Bathiudeen in Vavuniya.

Minister Bathiudeen, joined by the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, Chairperson of EDB Indira Malwatte, and Northern Parliament MPs, was addressing the region’s business and production representatives at

He was addressing the seventh awareness session of Export Development Board’s ‘2000 New Exporters Programme.’ This project came into being on a Statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament in October 2016. A national program was thereafter launched to establish 2,000 exporters and this program is now scheduled to conclude by 2020. Sri Lanka Export Development Board has been implementing the 2,000 New Exporters Programme and so far six awareness sessions have been concluded across the country by the EDB. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 2016 economic vision stresses value chain development, enlisting youth for manufacturing, and enlisting rural producers towards exports. Such targets cannot be achieved only by working in our Western Province since this is a national effort” said Minister Bathiudeen.

“It is commendable to see today’s initiative taking place in Vavuniya, which is also a main production centre in the Northern Province. Prime Minister’s vision focuses on processed food, ICT/BPO, electronics, wellness tourism, boats, and value added spices and some of these are feasible industries for North where human resources are widely available”.

“ I am positive that this initiative can commence the linking process of Northern Province to our export markets. Most importantly this initiative helps Northern SMEs to upgrade their production to export standards. Initiatives like this can help solve the Province’s youth unemployment issue in a useful way”. 


 

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