Trade Promotion Organization in Asia (Member Organizations)

Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB)

Suresh D de Mel
Chairman & Chief Executive
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is Sri Lanka's apex organization for the development and promotion of exports and was established in 1979 under the Sri Lanka Export Development Act No. 40
Main Activities
The EDB has clearly identified its scope and the role in developing exports of Sri Lanka. The EDB plays five roles as Policy Advisor, Monitor, Promoter, Facilitator and Knowledge Provider. The EDB implement an array of development programmes aiming at creating a conducive business environment; developing and adopting products and services to meet the international market requirements; providing specialized services to exporters for identifying, penetrating, developing and diversifying into markets; facilitating to enhance supply chain efficiency and also promoting export oriented SMEs specially in the provinces.

Information of Organization

Name Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB)
Status Government
Date of Foundation 1st August 1979
HQ Address NDB/EDB Tower, No. 42, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka
Upper Organization Ministry of Development Strategies & International trade
Office Domestic : 7 Provincial Offices
Abroad : -

Services for Foreign Companies

1. Business Matching

SLEDB offers following services for business matching/arrangement:

  •  Support for participation in:
  •    - Business matching events
  •    - Exhibitions
  •    - Seminars, symposia and workshops
  •  Support for making appointments with companies in Sri Lanka
  •  Accompanying on company visits

The SLEDB could facilitate to link Sri Lankan exporters and suppliers with foreign buyers.

2. Information Provision

(1) SLEDB provides following information about Sri Lanka:

  •  Markets and industries
  •  Business environment (intellectual property protection, regulations and restrictions, license system, etc.)
  •  Companies
  •  External institutions:
  •    - Industrial or business-related organizations

SLEDB could provide information through chambers.

(2) SLEDB provides business information through:

  •  Websites

The SLEDB provides details mainly through emails and websites.

3. Inward investment

SLEDB specifically offers following services to foreign companies which are considering investment or have already started operation in Sri Lanka:

  •  Providing information on investment environment
  •  Providing support on public relations
  •  Matching with potential business partners

The SLEDB could coordinate investment related services via Board of Investment Sri Lanka.

Basic Information

Country/Region Sri Lanka
(sq km)
Population (millions) 20.8
Capital Sri Jayawardenapura
Language Sinhala(Official and national language) 74%, Tamil (National Language) 18%, Other 8%, note: English is commonly used by the government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Religion Buddhism 69%, Hinduism 15%, Islam 8%, Christianity 8%

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