II. NATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS INTO THE POLICY DECISION PROCESS
B. The evolution and existing structure of institutional arrangements for the tea sector in the various ministries and agencies
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) and the Department of Commerce, which come under the Ministry of Commerce, are the two State agencies which are concerned with trade-related environmental policy issues.
(a) Sri Lanka Export Development Board
SLEDB is the premier State institution with regard to the promotion and development of exports. With regard to the tea sector, its focus is more on value-added tea products, as opposed to traditional bulk tea exports. The Board constitutes a channel through which product sector-oriented advisory committees and exporter associations which function under its auspices can invite attention to environment related issues which affect trade.
(b) Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce, which has trade councillors attached to Sri Lanka Missions in several countries, serves as a source of information concerning markets for environmentally friendly products vis-à-vis the external trade policies of Sri Lanka. It also plays an important role in cases where Sri Lanka is a signatory to international trade-related agreements which have a bearing on environmental policy decisions.