Written by Staff Writer
06 May, 2016 | 9:40 am
The launch of the World Export Development Forum 2016 took place in Colombo on Thursday.
The forum will be held from October 12 to 13.
The 16th edition of the world export development forum co-hosted by the International Trade Centre – Geneva and the Ministry of development Strategies and International Trade, through the Export Development Board is meant to create a platform for increasing trade.
Speaking at the launch, Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade said that the country is in the process of reversing the legacy of policy of framework which disproportionately favoured producing for our small domestic market as against selling to regional and global markets.
He added that the government have clearly had a deeply misguided set of policies when one consider that Sri Lanka’s domestic market amounts to only about 20 million people. He stated that the priority is to build a framework which accelerates growth for a decade or more and creates higher value employment through invigorating our export performance. Also, government setting a target of increasing goods and service to 30 billion dollars in 2020.
Executive Director of International Trade Centre Arancha Gonzalez stated that the country is very strategically positioned between today’s growth poles in east and south Asia and tomorrow’s growth poles in Africa – and Sri Lanka is the better place for the ITC to hold its flagship event. But the B2B ( business to business ) meetings organised as part of WEDEF here in Sri Lanka will show the International Corporate community a country that is ready to do business.
The official website of the World Export Development Forum 2016 was launched at the event.
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