NES Sri Lanka



A National Export Strategy at an opportune time for Sri Lanka!

# Sri Lanka NES

The time to transform Sri Lanka's export sector is now. The current economic reforms agenda, combined with increasing regional trade opportunities and major transformations in pro-duction techniques, provides a unique window of opportunity for Sri Lanka to modernize and start a new cycle of export growth. The National Export Strategy (NES) is a timely catalyst through which the export sector will be reshaped.

The NES builds on consensus from the entire export community about what is needed to boost the country’s trade performance. It lays out a detailed roadmap for faster export growth and acknowledges that things need to be done differently to in-crease trade’s contribution to economic development.

Sri Lanka now has the opportunity to catch up to fast-growing Asian exporting countries. The NES will create new champions while supporting the growth of traditional industries. Expansion of higher-technology and knowledge-intensive exports will be favoured because they are less vulnerable to market variations.

Improving the business environment for all Sri Lankan en-terprises. The NES creates the conditions for diversification by strengthening emerging sectors as well as improving overall trade support in areas that affect all exporters, such as logistics, trade information and quality assurance. Improving these trade support functions will benefit not only emerging sectors but all Sri Lankan export industries.

The NES focus sectors provide a good mix of different indus-tries. The focus sectors were chosen through rigorous export potential assessments which confirmed Sri Lanka’s competitive advantages in these industries in global markets. Implementing the NES will create fast export growth and more high income jobs for benefit of all Sri Lankans 

  • The NES will unlock the development potential of emerging export sectors to provide new job opportunities.
  • The NES will put in place the conditions required for export industries to grow in Sri Lanka and generate new skills locally.
  • The NES will enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups to begin exporting by providing better services, including up-to-date market information, trade finance and trade promotion.
  • The NES will enable Sri Lanka to become a regional trade hub that attracts key foreign investment to spur modernization and economic development.
  • The NES will ensure the entire country is included and will benefit from it by connecting all initiatives to regional pro-duction centres.
  • The NES will help ease administrative procedures to re-duce the costs of doing business for start-ups, SMEs and exporters.



Number of projects
    Success Stories
    Implementing partners
    1. Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka Limited
    2. Ampara District Chamber of Commerce & Industries
    3. Arthur C Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies (ACCMT)
    4. Association of Container Transporters
    5. Association of Professional Bankers Sri Lanka
    6. Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka
    7. Bank of Ceylon
    8. Batticaloa District Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    9. Board of Investment (BOI)
    10. Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTII)
    11. Central Bank of Sri Lanka
    12. Central Environment Authority
    13. Central Province Chamber of Commerce
    14. Central Province Women's Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    15. Ceramic Council of Sri Lanka
    16. Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents
    17. Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
    18. Ceylon Coir Fibre Exporters' Association
    19. Chamber of Commerce and Industries Trincomalee District
    20. Chamber of Construction Industries, Sri Lanka
    21. Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs
    22. Charted Institute of Management Accountance Sri Lanka
    23. Coconut & Coconut sector Based Products
    24. Coconut Development Authority (CDA)
    25. Coconut Research Institute (CRI)
    26. Codex (MoHNIM)
    27. Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC)
    28. Colombo Tea Traders Association
    29. Consumer Affairs Authority
    30. Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation
    31. Department of Agriculture
    32. Department of Animal Production and health
    33. Department of Ayurveda
    34. Department of Census and Statistics
    35. Department of Commerce
    36. Department of Development Finance - MoF
    37. Department of Export Agriculture
    38. Department of Fiscal Policy - MoF
    39. Department of Fiscal Policy (Ministry of Finance)
    40. Department of Immigration and Emigration
    41. Department of Labour
    42. Department of National Planning
    43. Department of Survey
    44. Department of Trade and Investment Policy
    45. Ecorys
    46. European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL)
    47. European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
    48. Export Development Board
    49. Exporters Association of Sri Lanka
    50. External Resources Department
    51. Federation of Chambers of Commerce in Sri Lanka (FCCISL)
    52. Federation of Information Technology Industry
    53. Food Advisory Committee (under MoHNIM)
    54. Foreign Ministry ( formerly Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    55. Gemmologists Association of Sri Lanka
    56. Government Analyst's Department
    57. Hambantota Chamber Of Commerce
    58. Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute
    59. Hotels Association of Sri Lanka
    60. Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL)
    61. HUB Operators Association Of Sri Lanka
    62. Import and Export Control Department (IECD)
    63. Industrial Association of Sri Lanka IASL
    64. Industrial Development Board
    65. Industrial Service Bureau
    66. Industrial Technology Institute (ITI)
    67. Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA)
    68. Inland Revenue Department
    69. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka
    70. Institute of Food Science and Technology
    71. Institute of Fundemental Studies
    72. Institute of Policy Studies
    73. Insurance Association of Sri Lanka
    74. Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF)
    75. Land Reform Commission
    76. Land Use Policy Planning Department
    77. Lanka Fruit & Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association
    78. LankaPay
    79. Measurement Units, Standards and Services Department (MUSSD)
    80. Ministry of Agriculture
    81. Ministry of Defence
    82. Ministry of Economic Policies & Plan Implementation ( formerly Policy Development Office of the PM Office)
    83. Ministry of Education
    84. Ministry of Finance
    85. Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
    86. Ministry of Health ( formerly Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine)
    87. Ministry of Higher Education and Highways
    88. Ministry of Industry (formerly Ministry of Industry and Commerce)
    89. Ministry of Internal Affairs
    90. Ministry of Justice
    91. Ministry of Lands (formerly Ministry of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms)
    92. Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
    93. Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs
    94. Ministry of Petroleum Resources
    95. Ministry of Plantation (formerly Ministry of Primary Industries)
    96. Ministry of Port & Shipping
    97. Ministry of Public Enterprise Development
    98. Ministry of Regional Development
    99. Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs
    100. Ministry of Science,Technology and Research
    101. Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife
    102. Ministry of Technology ( formerly Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure)
    103. Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs
    104. Ministry of Trade ( formerly Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade)
    105. Ministry of Transport (formerly Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation)
    106. Ministry of Urban Development and Housing ( formerly Ministry of Mega Polis)
    107. National Agribusiness Council
    108. National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE)
    109. National Enterprise Development Authority
    110. National Institute of Education
    111. National Institute of Exporters (NIOE)
    112. National Intellectual Property Office
    113. National Plant Quarantine Service (NPQS)
    114. National Quality Council (NQC)
    115. National Research Council
    116. National Science Foundation
    117. National Trade Facilitation Committee
    118. People's Bank
    119. Private Healthcare Services Regulatory Council (PHSRC)
    120. Private Sector
    121. Project Management and Monitoring (PMM)
    122. Registrar of Pesticides
    123. Representative from the Spice & Cinemon sector Exporter
    124. Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce
    125. SLINTEC - Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology
    126. Spice Council
    127. Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB)
    128. Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association
    129. Sri Lanka Asscoiation of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO)
    130. Sri Lanka Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products (SLAMERP)
    131. Sri Lanka Association of Software Service Companies (SLASSCOM)
    132. Sri Lanka Association of Testing Laboratories (SLATL)
    133. Sri Lanka Banks Association
    134. Sri Lanka Customs
    135. Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF)
    136. Sri Lanka Electronics Manufacturers and Exporters Association
    137. Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation (SLECIC)
    138. Sri Lanka Food Processors Association
    139. Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association
    140. Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
    141. Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging
    142. Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM)
    143. Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA)
    144. Sri Lanka Port Authority
    145. Sri Lanka Railways
    146. Sri Lanka Registrar of Companies
    147. Sri Lanka Shipper's Council
    148. Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI)
    149. Sri Lanka Tea Board
    150. Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC)
    151. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
    152. State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation( formerly Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training)
    153. Tea Exporters' Association
    154. The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka
    155. The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries
    156. The Employers' Federation of Ceylon
    157. The Spices & Allied Products Producers’ and Traders’ Association SAPTA
    158. Tourism Promotion Bureau
    159. Tourist Hotels Association
    160. Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka
    161. Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL)
    162. University Grants Commission
    163. University of Colombo
    164. University of Jaffna
    165. University of Moratuwa
    166. University of Peradeniya
    167. University of Vocational Technology
    168. University of Wayamba
    169. Urban Development Authority
    170. Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka
    171. Wellness & Traditional health cluster
    172. Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    173. Yalpanam Chamber of Commerce
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