EDB facilitates continuous support to exporters in curfew areas

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EDB Director General Chithranjali Dissanayake

Consequent to several areas of the country coming under quarantine curfew, the Export Development Board (EDB) is providing facilitation to ensure that the operations of non-BOI, export industries located in curfew areas function without interruptions subject to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Issuing a statement the EDB said it was providing recommendations to enable export companies, which are located in curfew-imposed areas, to obtain curfew passes from respective Police Divisions to ensure that employees who reside outside curfew areas can report to work in their factories. 

However, employees residing in Gampaha, Minuwangoda, Veyan-goda, Divulapitiya and Mirigama curfew areas will not be permitted to come to work and the factories can continue operations only with employees residing in non-curfew areas, it noted. 

Employees outside the quarantine curfew areas can be transported to the factories with necessary permissions to ensure the continuity of essential export-related activities. 

“Companies should take all precautions not to expose employees outside the quarantine curfew areas to the residents of the areas mentioned above,” it added. The relevant information and specimen applications for requesting curfew passes could be obtained from the following contacts of the EDB. For Agriculture and Fisheries Sector – Malani Baddegamage, Director – Export Agriculture (malani@edb.gov.lk), Industrial Products Sector – Harsha Pathberiya, Actg. Director – Industrial Products (hdp@edb.gov.lk) and Export Services and Electronic Products Sectors – Manoja Dissanayake, Actg. Director – Export Services (manojad@edb.gov.lk).

The EDB has instructed export establishments in the said areas to take all safety precautions recommended by the health authorities to manage COVID-19.  Further, they have been informed to implement safety measures as per the ‘Guidelines on COVID-19, Preparedness for Workplaces’ issued by the Ministry of Health and carryout random PCR tests (1% everyday) in the factories, and the results of such tests should be reported to the relevant authorities regularly. 

More information on this regard could be obtained from the EDB Helpdesk on 0112300710, helpdesk@edb.gov.lk and the EDB website www.srilankabusiness.com.