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Sri Lanka exporters testing staff for Covid-19, EDB curfew support for non-BoI firms

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board said it has set up hotlines to help non-Board of Investment companies move staff through Coronavirus lockdown curfews and companies are to test 01 percent of workforce for Covid-19 each day.

In the Gampaha district, 19 police areas have come under Coronavirus lockdown curfews. EDB said it was ready to support firms which are not Board of Investment approved.

“Sri Lanka 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,” the agency said.

“The EDB is providing recommendations to enable export companies, which are located in curfew-imposed areas, to obtain curfew passes from respective police stations so that employees who reside outside curfew areas can engage in work in their factories.”

But staff living in Gampaha, Minuwangoda, Veyangoda, Divulapitiya and Meerigama curfew areas will not be permitted to come to work and the factories could continue operations only with employees residing in non-curfew areas.

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

“Companies should take all precautions not to expose employees outside the quarantine curfew areas to the residents of the areas mentioned above.”

Export companies not coming under the Board of Investment have to operate under ‘Guidelines on COVID-19, Preparedness for Workplaces’ issued by the Ministry of Health and carryout random PCR and test 1 percent of the workforce for Coronavirus.

The results of such tests should be reported to the relevant authorities regularly.

Exporters in relevant sectors should contact the following persons to apply for curfew passes and support.

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For Agriculture and Fisheries Sector:Ms. Malani Baddegamage, Director – Export Agriculture,
Email: [email protected]

For Industrial Products Sector:Mr. HarshaPathberiya, Actg. Director – Industrial Products,
Email: [email protected]

For Export Services & Electronic Products Sectors:Ms. Manoja Dissanayake, Actg. Director – Export Services Email: [email protected] (Colombo/Oct15/2020)