The Sri Lankan National Chamber of Exporters has appreciated its apparel sector for contributing 44 per cent to Sri Lanka’s exports revenue and providing employment opportunities to a large labor force in rural and urban areas of the country.
According to the Chamber, the sector’s direct and indirect employment has contributed to uplifting living standards, conforming to globally renowned ethical and good manufacturing practices (GMP). This has earned it the sobriquet ‘Garments without Guilt’ while catering to many internationally reputed brands.
The enterprises export their products to discerning markets led by the US, EU and the Far East. With the COVID-19 pandemic, both large and SME exporters adapted their product portfolios to match a wide range of special protective apparels that were urgently needed by consumers. This earned them confidence and reputation among buyers for being able to change-up production during challenging times.
The COVID-19 preventive measures taken by Sri Lanka helped minimize the effects caused by the pandemic. Effective polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and contact-tracing mechanisms have supported the dedicated medical personnel, healthcare workers, and the Tri-Forces to manage the pandemic efficiently. It is commendable to note the leadership provided by the President and his dedicated team of officials to keep our country safe in the best possible manner.