EDB hosts Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar District awareness seminar and Technology exhibition | Daily News

EDB hosts Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar District awareness seminar and Technology exhibition

Official Opening of the Mini Technology Exhibition
Official Opening of the Mini Technology Exhibition

The seventh seminar for the Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar District entrepreneurs on the national program of developing 2000 New Exporters was held on March 01, at the Vavuniya district secretariat conference hall.

The 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 program included an awareness program for entrepreneurs, a technological display of technology used in the export industry for the benefit of entrepreneurs and the school students to educate about the export sector, a discussion with top business leaders to attract them to the export sector.

First Seminar was held on March 23, 2017 launching the programme for 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 fifth seminar was held for the Sabaragamuwa Province entrepreneurs in Kegalle. The sixth seminar was held for the North Central Province entrepreneurs in Anuradhapura. The Mini Exhibition on technology was held with the participation of stakeholder organizations relevant for the export sector representing Industrial Development Board (IDB), Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), National Engineering Research and Development Centre (NERD), Post-Harvest Technology Institute (PHTI), Department of Export Agriculture (DEA), Coconut Development Authority (CDA), Sri Lanka Institutes of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Tulip Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.

The seminar focused on introducing Export business opportunities for development of products suitable for the province including spice products, ornamental articles, processed foods, ayurvedic products, coir products, and Ornamental fish and wellness tourism with a view to increase export supplies from the province of those potential products and services.

Dr. Suren Raghavan, Governor of Northern Province, Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Rishad Bathiudeen Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Co-operative Development, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade and other officials participated.


 

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