Sri Lanka’s EDB facilitates continued operations of country’s exports sector amidst Covid 19 surge
Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board (EDB) has reportedly stated that it has made necessary arrangements to facilitate export-oriented industries based on the circulars issued by the country’s health authorities to continue operations during the lockdown of specific areas and inter-provincial travel restrictions subject to stringent health regulations.
Although travelling between provinces is restricted till 31 May, transport of cargo to/from the country’s port of entry/exit is allowed during this period (proof required), local media reports stated.
The EDB has stated that export-oriented industries are allowed to function within a bio-secure bubble by ensuring secure transport and accommodation for workers under the close supervision of the area medical officer of health, while agricultural activities are permitted normal operations with strong compliance to DREAM (Distance, Respiratory Etiquette, Aseptic technique, Mask).
The export enterprises in lockdown areas have also been given permission to function, but employees residing in lockdown areas are not permitted to report to work.The companies are advised to adhere to the relevant revised operational guidelines on preparedness and response for Covid-19 outbreak for the manufacturing/apparel industry and other health guidelines pertaining to the functionality of the enterprises issued by the Ministry of Health.
The guidelines and instruction that need to be followed by the enterprises during this period can be obtained from the EDB website – www.srilankabusiness.com and by contacting the EDB helpdesk via 011 2300710 or by emailing email@example.com
The EDB has also taken steps to strengthen its helpdesk in order to assist exporters during this difficult time period by introducing 14 focal points for the relevant export product/service sectors, and their contact numbers are available on the EDB website.
Sri Lanka’s manufacturing and exports sectors have continuously operated through the Covid 19 lockdown last year as well as during the travel restrictions imposed this year. Despite the challenges posed by the global Covid 19 pandemic, Sri Lanka’s manufacturing and exports sectors have shown a positive growth as well as indicate the potential for further growth. With Sri Lankan authorities granting incentives to the country’s exports sector, foreign businesses/investors could explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s manufacturing and exports sectors.
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