COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board said it has created an online portal for service exporters which could showcase their capabilities and help them link with international partners.
Registration at the portal, www. srilankaservicexport.com which is maintained at tax payer expense is free for exporters.
Sri Lanka’s trade ministry said ICT and construction service exports orse 8 percent to 774 million US dollars in 2013 from 714 million US dollars in 2012.
ICT exports is a new industry that was grown by the private sector with no state interference both in Sri Lanka and India as state agencies were generally clueless about advanced technologies.
But the sector which was experiencing shortages of skilled professionals was helped by the setting up of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology by the state in the 1990s.
In the 2000s the sector got a boost as a state monopoly in international telephony and data was broken and costs came down.
Despite the state blocking the private sector from awarding degrees through a state monopoly, affiliated colleges gave foreign IT qualifications to the citizens allowing the sector to start and grow.
Sri Lanka is also providing accounting and legal service abroad despite state restrictions in working hours.
Saman Maldeni, Director, Export Services at EDB was quoted as saying that the portal will be a showcase of the capabilities of service exporters.
ICT, electronic exporters but providers of professional services, such as finance, accounting, legal, health, construction, pre-press and printing and ship repairing services were invited to register at the portal.