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From Left: President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe

The crowning achievement for Sri Lanka’s exporters, the Presidential Export Awards (PEA) has been revived and is scheduled to take place next Wednesday (16 December) in Colombo, the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade announced today.

Accordingly, the panel of Judges in the latest PEA, to be held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, has been chaired by a retired Supreme Court Judge.

Among the special awards of 16 December session shall be Sri Lanka Exporter of the year, highest Employment Provider in the export industry, Best Sri Lankan Brand Exporter, Highest Net Foreign Exchange Earner (NFE), Best Emerging Exporter and Most Market Diversified Exporter. There shall also be 27 Product/Service Sector Awards to be conferred for best exporter in each product/services sector.

The significant value of the Presidential Export Award is that it is presented to the award winners by the President with a certificate signed by the secretary to the President signifying the national recognition.

Joining the awards session at the forthcoming event will be Minister of Strategic Development and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, and State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe. CEO of Brandix Lanka Ashroff Omar is also scheduled to address the gathering of achievers in Sri Lankan exports sector.

The selection criterion is based on the contributions on overall export earnings, product development, market development, and social development made towards the country. These awards are selected by a panel comprising private and public sector representatives chaired by a retired Supreme Court Judge.

The Presidential Export Awards (PEA) was formulated by Sri Lanka Export Development Board in 1981 to recognize the contributions made by the export community for the national development by awarding highest prestigious award in the country by the President.

The PEA award symbolizes the national recognition of the individuals or enterprises excelled in export business, particularly in non-traditional products and services. It is also an incentive for the exporters to explore their skills in achieving similar accomplishments in the export business.