The crowning achievement for Sri Lanka’s exporters, the Presidential Export Awards, have been revived and will take place next Wednesday in Colombo-and the panel of judges in the latest PEA was chaired by none other than a retired Supreme Court Judge.
The Presidential Export Awards (PEA) was formulated by SLEDB 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.
The award ceremony is scheduled on December 16 at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre. Among the special awards 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 most significant value of the Presidential Export Award is that it is presented to the award winners by the President and issuing a certificate signed by the secretary to His Excellency the President and issuing a certificate signed by the Secretary to His Excellency the President as a symbol of its prestige and the national recognition. Joining the awards session at 16 December event with President Maithripala Sirisena are 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 of 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.