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ITC organized on 27 June 2019 a National Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Sri Lanka's “Legal Framework for the Proposed Data Protection Bill”, which was attended by 95 participants from the public and private sector. The main objective of the PPD was to provide an overview of the proposed legal framework to the stakeholders and to obtain their feedback and comments/ suggestions for improvements of the proposed Data Protection Bill. The "Legal Framework for the proposed Data Protection Bill" seeks to address the needs of Sri Lanka for the protection of personal information, while ensuring rights of natural persons with regard to processing of such information. In doing so, the proposed Bill aims to reconcile data protection with business commercial interests as well as societal needs.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) organized a B2B event with pre-matched meetings in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2019 with the participation of 7 Sri Lankan companies and 20 Swedish companies on outsourcing Digital Services.
From 27 to 31 May 2019, a training on WTO Agreements with focus on Trade Remedy Measures was organized in New Delhi, India, for 10 Sri Lankan officers of the Department of Commerce. The 5-day training was organized jointly with the Indian Institute of Foereign Trade (IFT) and aimed at building the capacity of officers involved in the implementation of the legislation on Anti-Dumping & Countervailing Duties and on Safeguard Measures, passed in 2018.
ITC organized in Colombo, on 3 and 4 April 2019, workshops for National Export Strategy (NES) Advisory Committees and Trade chambers members of Sri Lanka's National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC). The key objective of this workshop was to enhance advisory and advocacy skills of the participants to articulate and justify proposals to influence the public policy reform process aimed at improving the enabling environment for trade development. Through this workshop, participants got exposure to and better understanding of the challenges of policy reform, how to research and develop a policy position, how to prepare compelling arguments, and approaches to negotiation.
The National Public-Private Dialogue on E-commerce platform policy and regulatory issues was held on 2 April 2019 by ITC in partnership with Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). The event gathered some 60 participants from the public and private sector to discuss policy and regulatory issues related to e-commerce platforms.
On 27 and 28 March, Sri Lanka's Department of Commerce (DoC) organized in partnership with ITC a workshop on the EU GSP+ programme in Jaffna for 45 participants, of which 15 women, from the public and private sector. This event was part of a series of regional workshops on the EU GSP+ for Sri Lankan exporters.
Two (2) capacity building programmes of 2 days for regional Chambers of Commerce were organized by ITC in collaboration with Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka for 46 participants from the provinces in the cities of Jaffna and Galle on 25-26 and 28-29 March. The objective of these workshops were improve the capacity of regional chambers to facilitate the development of SMEs.
On 28 February 2019, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) co-hosted an event to launch national quality-related publications with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the national metrology institute of Germany. These publications will contribute to the work of the project to facilitate the strengthening of compliance and quality infrastructure services, which is expected to lead to enhanced international recognition of Sri Lankan National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) institutions.
The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a conference on Proficiency Testing (PT) and inter-laboratory testing for assessors and laboratories on 26 November attended by 90 participants, followed by a four-day workshop for Proficiency Testing Providers (PTP).
Ms Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of ITC and an expert in international trade issues, recently visited Sri Lanka to attend the launch of Sri Lanka National Export Strategy (NES) 2018-2022. Speaking to the EDB after the launch, Ms. Gonzalez spoke at length about the role of the ITC on the global stage and in relation to the NES in Sri Lanka, the current economic situation, the direction of the global market, its contribution to the NES strategy, the opportunities for Sri Lanka’s export market, and the SheTrades Initiative.
Legislation on Anti-Dumping & Countervailing Duties and on Safeguard Measures were passed by the Sri Lankan government in March 2018. In response to demands by the Department of Commerce (DoC) to enhance understanding and increase knowledge of trade remedy laws and procedures, the International Trade Centre (ITC) organized video-based training sessions conducted by experts from the Geneva-based Advisory Centre for WTO Law (ACWL) for public and private sector representatives from May to June 2018. This was the first time that a comprehensive training of this nature on trade remedies had been carried out. This training is part of a larger support being provided by ITC with regards to the strengthening of the DoC’s trade remedy unit.
EU – Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance project seeks to build capacities of Sri Lankan IT Outsourcing (ITO) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) SMEs to increase their capacity to access regional and EU markets.
EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance Project builds capacities of government officials and exporters in international trade.
More than 30 staff members of the Scientific and Engineering Standards Division of SLSI received training on standards formulation, delivered by UNIDO.
The awareness seminar stimulated dialogue among stakeholders in the processed food and spices value chains and endorsed the application of metrology best practices on and innovative approaches to enhancing quality and food safety to strengthen Sri Lanka’s export competitiveness.
Two workshops delivered by ITC on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) gathered 60 participants from public and private sectors.
The design process of the National Export Strategy was successfully inaugurated on the 6th April 2017 at the 1st National Export Strategy Symposium. The inauguration was graced by the Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, 6 Ministers and 20 Development Partners.