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Invest in or provide project financing to: Develop a smart information system to improve information availability of key conformity assessment services focused on agriculture in Sri Lanka.
This will include investment to promote existing training programmes related to quality and technical aspects of export regulations (e.g. health, safety, environment, food safety, phytosanitaryband animal quarantine) among public and private sector and strengthen existing vocational training institutes by implementing a training of trainers programme.
Investment in businesses offering capacity building and information services relevant to market needs, to provide access to private standards (e.g. organic farming, kosher, halal, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Examples of companies Active in this IOA space:
SGS Lanka (Pvt) Limited: Offers a complete range of services for exporters, importers, manufacturers and governments covering testing related to chemical, microbiology, textile and toy labs undertaken by a workforce of more than 200 qualified professionals. SGS Lanka is ISO 9001:2015 certified and laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025:2017.
Sri Lanka Standards institute (SLSI) is the the national standards body of Sri Lanka formulates standards that are adopted by the authorities which was established in 1984 (Act No. 6 of 1984). It offers a variety of services that covers product and system certifications, quality assurance etc. SLSI is the designated WTO/TBT National Enquiry Point on Standards and Technical Regulations.
Improves quality and safety of agri based products leading to improvement in domestic food security and an increase in the potential for value added agricultural exports