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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.