Focus Sectors

National Export Strategy of Sri Lanka 2018 - 2022

Sri Lanka is on the cusp of transforming its export industry through the implementation of a National Export Strategy (NES) which was launched in 2018. The NES of Sri Lanka was developed under the aegis of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MODSIT) and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board with financial support from the EU as part of the ‘EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance: Increasing SMEs’ Trade Competitiveness in Regional and EU Markets’ project. The NES was developed on the basis of the process, methodology and technical assistance of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva within the framework of its Trade Development Strategy Programme. Six focus sectors for innovation and export diversification under NES:

Wellness Tourism
Boat Building
Electrical & Electronic Components
Processed Food and Beverages
Spices and Concentrates


Cultivation and processing of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, Deep Sea Fishing & rearing/ processing of fish, Animal husbandry projects, Horticulture / Floriculture



Apparel manufacturing, Textile and Fabric Manufacturing, Garment Accessories, Garment related Services such as Garment washing, Textile testing, Screen printing etc.



Branch campuses of leading Foreign Universities, Higher Educational Institutes, Hospitality / Tourism / Hotel Management, Design Development, Engineering, Nursing, Maritime Training


Export Manufacturing

Rubber, PVC Products Cement, Minerals (processing), Metal, Transport, Equipment, Gem & Jewellery, Electrical & Electronics, Ceramic, Paper, Leather, Chemicals, Pharmaceutical, Boats, Food (processing), Tea, Wood, Coir


Export Services

Shipping services, Other marine services (shipping services, crew exchange etc), Printing services, Management consulting services, Aviation Services, Automation services, Other export services, Enterpot Trading, Logistic Service, Regional Operating Headquarters



Housing and Property Development, Shopping & Office Complex, Mixed Development Projects, Hospital Services and Medical Services, Warehousing & Logistic Services, Exhibition Centers, Industrial Parks, Construction of Highways and Railways


Knowledge Services

IT Software Development, KPO / BPO Industry, IT and IT Enabled Services, IT Training Sectors.


Tourism and Leisure

Hotels / Resorts / Villas, Higher-end restaurants, Leisure / Entertainment and Theme Parks, Tourist transport: Domestic and International Sea & Air transport, Meeting Incentive Convention and Exhibition: MICE, Domestic and International Air transport / Water-based transport, Skill Development: Hotel / Hospitality Training Institutes



Power & Energy, Telecommunications and Related Services, Ports Development, Distribution of Petroleum related products such as LPG & LNG, Recycling of Waste