Footwear industry grows
The way forward for the Sri Lankan footwear Industry is to have more
exposure with regard to technology, designs and trends in the global
The local market has seen a steady growth and the footwear industry
could become a significant player in the export sector with right
inputs. The talents in the industry need to be showcased to attract
orders and become a vibrant industry, Footwear Advisory Council Chairman
Rangith Hettiarachchy told Daily News Business.
It is necessary to provide training to craftsmen to develop skills
and harness potential to improve quality and quantity. The industry
could be developed with trained human capital to cater to high end of
the market, he said.
The industry will showcase its capabilities with the staging of the
Footwear and Leather Goods Fair for the 4th Consecutive year from
February 10 to 12. This event has already become a most looked after
event in our industry calendar.
This year our fair has attracted 25 exhibitors from the Indian
Footwear Components Manufacturers Association. Among these exhibitors
there are some leading footwear component manufacturers in India. As
Indian footwear industry has reached world standards this will be a very
valuable opportunity for our industrialists to establish business
As Sri Lankan government has given all the support for local footwear
producers to get them establish in the local market, an exhibition of
this nature is encouraging. In return the local industrialist has
reciprocated by up lifting there quality and fashion levels.
With the encouragement from the Export Development Board, the
Ministry Of Industries and Industrial Development Board, all footwear
industrialists will explore possibility to establish Sri Lanka as a
leading destination for quality shoes at present.
The Finance Ministry will provide all support to commence a degree
course in footwear designing. In addition already plans are in place to
set up a footwear training centre with amalgamation of textile training
With this action plan we hope as footwear industrialists this year
will be a launching year to expand our exports. Already our
industrialist has saved valuable foreign exchange by catering to all
segments of the footwear industry. As we have a limited market now it is
time to get into exports, Hettiarachchy said.