June 29, Colombo: The significant role of exporters in contributing to the economic development and progress of the country was recognized at the 18th Presidential Export Awards ceremony held yesterday (28) at the Temple Trees under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Exporters who contributed most for the Sri Lanka’s economic development during the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 received awards from the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Ceylon Biscuits Company won the Presidential Export Award for best performances during the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The awards were held this year after a lapse of four years. The Export Development Board presented 57 awards and 40 certificates at the ceremony.
Awards were conferred in recognition of excellence in different categories and capacities which included the best Sri Lankan Brand Exporter, the best Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Exporter as well as the exporters who had performed best in exporting to the highest number of destinations, making the largest contribution to rural development, achieving the highest net foreign exchange and the Exporter of the Year for each year in the past three years.
The Presidential Export Awards scheme was formulated in 1981 to recognize the contribution made by exporters and service providers to the export sector for their excellence performance for development of the national economy through exports.
Minister of Industries and Commerce, Rishad Bathiyutheen, Deputy Minister Jayaratne Hearth, Ministry Secretary Thilak Kullure and the Chairman of the Export Development Board, Janaka Rathnayake and senior government officials and many foreign industrialists also participated.
(Photos by Chandana Perera)