Expo Bazaar 2011 at Greenpath
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board, the apex institution for
promotion and development of exports in realization of the accelerated
development for export trade in par with other development activities
has taken all necessary measures to raise development projects.
The major strategy adopted by EDB is the implementation of its
strategic plan for the year 2011-2015 with a target of US$ 15 billion by
It is highly significant that the export trade has made an invaluable
contribution to the social and economic development of the nation.
EDB officials at the press conference announcing the Expo
Bazaar 2011 at Greenpath. Picture by Ruwan de Silva
Vision for Future under the national policy based on Mahinda
Chinthanaya emphasizes the pivotal role played by the export sector as
an essential ingredient to the development of export trade of the
The performance of 2010 exports was encouraging as the year end
statistics reveal a remarkable improvement compared to 2009. The total
exports from Sri Lanka in 2009 and 2010 were US $ 7. 1 billion and US $
8.3 billion respectively, with an overall increase of 17.26 percent.
In recognition of new strategic interventions, EDB most appropriately
arrived at a decision to organize an Expo Bazaar, the first of a series
during this year. The first bazaar introduced as Expo Bazaar 2011 has
been scheduled to be held from April 8 to 10 at the Greenpath Colombo.
The main objective of the Expo Bazaar 2011 is to embolden the leading
exporters to demonstrate their capabilities and contributions shared
towards the national economy with production of high quality products
and services of reputation offered to the international market.
This will stimulate a new export culture in Sri Lanka to make
visibility of products manufactured by the country in an attempt to
raise awareness of the importance and advantages of export trade among
the general public.
The Expo Bazaar 2011 will be conducted under the patronage of
Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and will be an annual
event with support of the Government.
This will be the first ever event bringing all the leading exporters
associated with strategic export sectors such as apparel, tea, rubber,
footwear and leather products, ICT, BPO and KPO, gem and jewellery, food
and beverages, spices and allied products, coconut and coir based
products, fish and fishery products, fruits and vegetables, boat
building, ceramic and other mineral products, giftware and lifestyle
products, handlooms, wooden products, spa and herbal products,
ornamental fish and floriculture and plastic and paints and allied
products to showcase export products lines and new innovations on one
The Expo Bazaar 2011 envisages around 150 stalls at Green Path where
the layout of the exhibition is made to feature its unique visibility to
attract around 20,000 visitors daily and for the exhibitors to pave the
way for a platform to market their products and services locally and
Expo Bazaar will perform its contribution as the best platform to all
participants to meet physically and gather information, exchange views,
associate with Sri Lankan exportable products and services presented to
the global market specially with direct exporters on a common objective
of delivering the benefits of export trade to the people of the nation.