EDB facilitates export industries to remain uninterrupted during curfew in Western Province

Nov 02, 2020 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) is currently facilitating to ensure that the operations of export industries remain uninterrupted during the extended curfew period in the Western Province.

Exporters are required to take all safety precautions recommended by the health authorities to manage COVID-19 and need to assure implementation of safety measures as per the “Guidelines on COVID-19, preparedness for workplaces” dated 2nd April 2020, issued by the Ministry of Health and adhere to the additional guidelines announced by the authorities according to the prevailing situation.

All non BOI Exporters are advised to obtain a letter from the EDB with instructions on guidelines to be adhered to in carrying out export operations. All BOI registered companies may contact the BOI.

Contact the following EDB officials in this regard.

For Export Agriculture Sector:

Malani Baddegamage

Director – Export Agriculture

Mobile – 071 9500885

Email: malani@edb.gov.lk

For Industrial Products Sector:

Harsha Pathberiya

Actg. Director – Industrial Products

Mobile 071 4452499

Email: hdp@edb.gov.lk

For Export Services & Electric and Electronic Products Sectors:

Manoja Dissanayake

Actg. Director – Export Services

Mobile – 071 8032455

Email: manojad@edb.gov.lk

According to the new guidelines issued by the Department of Police, letters issued by the Managing Director or an Authorized Officer of export companies to the employees, along with their National Identity Cards or company Identity Cards and a copy of the EDB letter could be used as curfew passes to travel to workplaces in curfew areas.

The company letter should contain the following details:

• The name of the employee
• National Identity Card Number
• Address (Residence) from which the employee travels to work
• Contact Mobile Number
• Vehicle number

This measure has been taken by the government considering the importance of continuing export operations and its contribution to the national economy.

It is the responsibility of the relevant company to take the required precautionary measures to protect the employees/staff/general public.

EDB Helpdesk – 011 230 0710, 071 440 6119, 071 822 0953, 077 249 4807

Email: helpdesk@edb.gov.lk

Website: www.srilankabusiness.com