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Sri Lanka Sets Target Of 200 Million US Dollars worth Boat And Shipping Exports By 2022

While Sri Lanka’s footprint in global boats and shipping sector is small, exports in the sector continue to surge in strong numbers, and as a result Sri Lanka is ambitiously targeting 200 million US Dollars worth boats and shipping exports by 2022, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says.

"Global ship and boat building industry has slowed down with less and less demand Due to global economic pressures. Despite this it is interesting to note that Sri Lankan boat builders and exporters have shown resilience and even increased export revenues," the Sri Lankan Minister said addressing the launch of Boat Show Sri Lanka 2018 at Colombo last week according to Sri Lankan media. The pioneering web portal for Lankan boating industry at www.srilankaboating.com was also jointly unveiled on the occasion by the Sri Lankan Ministers

This Show will be the first ever marine festival in Sri Lanka organized to showcase the country’s capabilities in marine tourism recreational boating and yachting boat building and related services for export and local markets, The event is expected to provide ample opportunities to network, shop, connect and get in to know among the best of the Marine Industry of the region.

The National Export Strategy (NES) of the Export Development Board with technical assistance of the International Trade Center Geneva has included the boat and ship building sector as one of the priority sectors to be actively promoted in the export strategy. As a result the Budget 2018 allocated Rs. 100 million for the initial activities of promoting investment in the infrastructure development required for the boating industry.

"Global ship and boat building industry has slowed down with less and less demand Due to global economic pressures. Despite this it is interesting to note that Sri Lankan boat builders and exporters have shown resilience and even increased export revenues. Therefore I am pleased that this event is announced in a background of new reports we receive about increasing export revenues from our Boats & Ships sector," the Minister said.

He added that last year Sri Lanka’s Boats & Ship Exports increased by 50 per cent to 97 million US Dollars in comparison to 2016’s $65 million. Many Lankan companies are involved in making boats and ships while 11 identified companies are in exports. The Sri Lankan Government is aiming at 100 million US Dollars worth boat and ship exports in 2018.


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