The 16th edition of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 12th to 13th October 2016 at the BMICH. helps businesses to navigate the new trade and development landscape.

WEDF is a unique global conference and business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking platform dedicated to supporting trade-led development.

As the flagship event of the International Trade Centre (ITC), WEDF brings together over 600 business leaders, policymakers, heads of trade and investment support institutions and international trade development officials to address international competitiveness for developing countries.

This 16th edition of WEDF is co-hosted by ITC and the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka, through the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).

Meet us in Sri Lanka for high-level panel discussions, practical workshops and B2B meetings to:

  • Get the latest on consumer trends, business strategies and trade policies to navigate today’s trade environment;
  • Connect with experts on trade issues such as standards, trade facilitation and logistics;
  • Find solutions to overcome key trade barriers and increase competitiveness;
  • Sign new business deals with partners from Sri Lanka and around the world.

Main Sponsors

IT Partner

Official Airline

Official Healthcare Provider

Preferred Print Media Partner

Preferred Electronic Media Partner

Giftware Partner

WEDF 2016

WEDF 2016 will focus on helping entrepreneurs flourish in regional and global value chains, against the backdrop of new trade realities for international business.

Conference Theme – Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change


As mega-regional agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership emerge, the voice of business is essential to shape competitiveness strategies. Trade facilitation and logistics remain key drivers of improved connectivity.


Digital technologies are reshaping how we trade, opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs to compete in the global economy.

Entrepreneurs can reach new consumers around the world directly, and integrate more quickly and higher up the value chain, thanks to e-commerce and technologies such as 3D printing.


Standards have become a gateway for entrepreneurs to enter international markets. Certification of standards and regulations may include technical specifications required by producers in the supply chain or health, social or environmental standards demanded by consumers or governments.

The tourism sector is an example, as companies adjust their offers for a tailored experience that is both authentic and sustainable for local communities.

Event Structure

The WEDF plenary sessions bring together major thought leaders in business, government and academia to address these issues.

Practical 'in focus' and 'how to' sessions are matched with each plenary topic – bringing business cases, ITC tools and advisory services to help businesses take advantage of new trends and put recommendations into action.

Facilitate business-to-business meetings provide the opportunity to explore new business opportunities on the spot.

Talk Business, Do Business

B2B meetings will be facilitated for following sectors,

  • Tourism
  • ICTs
  • Specialty Food (Tea, Spices and Processed Fruit)
  • Apparel, Rubber & Other Manufacturing Products