Sri Lanka’s apparel sector is assured that potential effects, if any, from the biggest global trade agreement in two decades are likely to be balanced out by the return of GSP Plus’
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, speaking at his Ministry’s annual Ransalu textile expo inauguration event yesterday in Colombo, stressed that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement - the biggest global trade agreement in two decades signed in early October - needs to be studied further.
“We are inaugurating this textile event at a time our world class apparel industry is becoming increasingly hopeful on regaining the GSP Plus facility with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s able economic diplomacy and leadership.
There are many concerns in trade sectors across the world that this October’s Trans Pacific Partnership agreement or TPP could have an impact on them. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that TPP agreement needs further study.
“At the same time, the government is moving forward on EU GSP Plus facility as well. Therefore our government’s timely initiative to regain GSP Plus would likely to cancel out any potential effects of TPP on our apparels and I am confident that our world class apparel sector would continue with its strong performance”
“The latest good news on our apparels is that two weeks ago the global textile web site “just-style.com” announcing Lankan apparels’ continued top slot in the USA market.
Sri Lanka’s apparel industry has set a new export target of US$10 billion by 2025 and the government supports it. The government is also trying to position Sri Lanka among the top 10 high quality apparel manufacturing countries in the world by 2020. In such a background this annual Ransalu series of exhibitions is a great way to showcase our large scale as well as SME textiles,” the Minister added.
Industry and Commerce Ministry has spent nearly Rs. 88 million in 2013 and 2014 for development programmes in handlooms as well. In 2014, Sri Lanka’s apparel export values edged close to US$ 5 million mark, totalling US$ 4.9 billion.
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