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In its continuous commitment to advancing the interests of exporters, the Export Development Board (EDB) as part of its dynamic approach to fostering global trade, has solidified its commitment to advancing the ICT BPM sector by establishing a strategic partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This collaboration is set to play a pivotal role in expanding and cultivating the Japanese market for Sri Lanka’s burgeoning ICT BPM industry aiming to create a network that goes beyond immediate economic benefits. In 2020, EDB initiated a significant initiative in collaboration with JICA to enhance technological collaborations. After a comprehensive survey on the Sri Lankan tech industry, a compelling proposal was submitted in 2022.

Marking a remarkable journey between two tech industries in both countries, the approval was received from JICA, with the agreement to extend the Japanese technical assistance for Sri Lankan tech companies by introducing Sri Lankan ICT/BPM companies to the Japanese market.

The project aims to assist approximately 30 SME ICT/BPM companies and tech startups in two cohorts over a two-year period starting in 2024 by providing market intelligence, business coaching and matchmaking support. To provide technical consultancy, JICA assigned Yoichi KOGURE, Senior Consultant in the Consulting Division at Japan Development Service Co., Ltd. (JDS), and Malith Gunasekara, Technology Advisor specializing in Digital Financial Services, FinTech, and e-Health, to the project.

A kickoff meeting was held with Dr. Kingsley Bernard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Indumini Kodikara, Director- Export Services, Vajira Kularathna and Dinesh Attanayake of the EDB IT team.

JICA Sri Lanka office Miyake Yukako, Project Formulation Advisor (Social Sector and ICT Sector), and Eranga Rajapaksha, Associate Officer, Development Cooperation Division participated at this meeting.

Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board has worked tirelessly to establish the country’s ITBPM sector in the competitive Japanese market.

The journey began in 2014 with the creation of an ICT sector interest group focused on Japan. Building on this success, EDB introduced more than 40 Sri Lankan ICT companies to the Japanese market through trade events like Japan IT Week from 2015 to 2019 and CEATEC in 2015.

Recognizing the growing demand, EDB expanded its efforts to Central and Western Japan in 2023 with Osaka IT Week, resulting in successful business leads. As EDB and JICA join forces, the future looks promising for both nations, showcasing the global nature of the tech industry and the power of collaboration in driving innovation and economic growth.

In its continuous commitment to advancing the interests of exporters, the Export Development Board (EDB) as part of its dynamic approach to fostering global trade, has solidified its commitment to advancing the ICT BPM sector by establishing a strategic partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This collaboration is set to play a pivotal role in expanding and cultivating the Japanese market for Sri Lanka’s burgeoning ICT BPM industry aiming to create a network that goes beyond immediate economic benefits.

In 2020, EDB initiated a significant initiative in collaboration with JICA to enhance technological collaborations. After a comprehensive survey on the Sri Lankan tech industry, a compelling proposal was submitted in 2022. Marking a remarkable journey between two tech industries in both countries, the approval was received fromJICA, with the agreement to extend the Japanese technical assistance for Sri Lankan tech companies by introducing Sri Lankan ICT/BPM companies to the Japanese market.

The project aims to assist approximately 30 SME ICT/BPM companies and tech startups in two cohorts over a two-year period starting in 2024 by providing market intelligence, business coaching and matchmaking support.

To provide technical consultancy, JICA assigned Yoichi KOGURE, Senior Consultant in the Consulting Division at Japan Development Service Co., Ltd. (JDS), and Malith Gunasekara, Technology Advisor specializing in Digital Financial Services, FinTech, and e-Health, to the project. A kickoff meeting was held with Dr. Kingsley Bernard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Indumini Kodikara, Director- Export Services, Vajira Kularathna and Dinesh Attanayake of the EDB IT team.

JICA Sri Lanka office Miyake Yukako, Project Formulation Advisor (Social Sector and ICT Sector), and Eranga Rajapaksha, Associate Officer, Development Cooperation Division participated at this meeting. Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board has worked tirelessly to establish the country’s ITBPM sector in the competitive Japanese market.

The journey began in 2014 with the creation of an ICT sector interest group focused on Japan.

Building on this success, EDB introduced more than 40 Sri Lankan ICT companies to the Japanese market through trade events like Japan IT Week from 2015 to 2019 and CEATEC in 2015. Recognizing the growing demand, EDB expanded its efforts to Central and Western Japan in 2023 with Osaka IT Week, resulting in successful business leads.

As EDB and JICA join forces, the future looks promising for both nations, showcasing the global nature of the tech industry and the power of collaboration in driving innovation and economic growth.

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