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Rubber manufacturers, exporters get green light

Rubber product manufacturers and exporters and others supporting them along the entire supply chain have got the government green light to resume production, the Sri Lankan Association of Rubber Product Manufacturers and Exporters (SLAMERP), which represents them, said.

All companies must take precautions to protect their workers against the coronavirus by giving them proper healthcare and sanitary facilities and following all medical and government guidelines, along with the PHI recommendations, its Director General Rohan Masakorala said.

“It is strongly advised to all the companies that this is not considered a general police curfew, but a health curfew to contain COVID 19,” he said.

Masakorala said the government green light came after SLAMERP met with Basil Rajapaksa, chairman of the Presidential task force on facilitating the industry during the COVD 19 pandemic.

Earlier, rubber exporters made a request from the government to make it an essential service during this crucial time as the sector supplies various products to the medical industry and the agriculture sector.

SLAMERP said in a statement it is also advisable companies to educate their workforce on the importance of their industry to the economy and why everybody in the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the farmer, have been given special attention by the government.

Those who have teething problems and other issues as they start operations can contact the SLAMERP Director General through WhatsApp 0777881947.

SLAMERP said the green light is extended to all supply chain partners and indirect exporters, both Board of Investment and non-BOI companies. They should tell the BOI or Export Development Board and the Ministry of Plantations about the details of their workers who need to travel to work. Companies must make sure that all supply chain partners needed for operations are covered and notified to either BOI or EDB.

Details of BOI companies should be sent to Ranjith - [email protected] – and non-BOI firms to the EDB to Chithanjali Dissanayake on 071 8071163 or [email protected] It is important to text or email them before calling where possible and get their approval letters, SLAMERP said.

Details to be given include number of workers, location of the factory with details of the area, such as GS/GA division, Police station, district and province, amount of vehicles needing curfew passes, drivers’ details, daily requirement of workers, districts/places of where individual workers need to get passes, any other suppliers/indirect exporters/ shipping and logistics requirements that need to be given permission to operate (both inward and outward operations).

The following could also be contacted from government institutions and the task force:

BOI - Sanjaya Mohottala, DG Direct (2430511)

Ministry of Plantations - Chathurangi 0718726727 [email protected]

Sri Lanka Police- Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon 0718591017

Presidential Task Force- Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Secretary Urban Development: 0718688300

Sri Lanka Ports Authority AMD, Upali Zoysa, 0718688328 [email protected]

Sri Lanka Customs, Director General Retired Major General Vijitha Ravipriya 0761582940

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