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President halts importing handlooms, batik textiles

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to halt importing handlooms and batik textiles to the country.

The decision was made to boost the local production and to attract new producers to the industry.

The President stated so during a discussion on the issues encountered by those in the garment and textile industry at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (15), the President’s Media Division said.

Finding an additional market for local readymade garments was discussed in length. Manufacturing garments locally will reduce the foreign exchange going out of the country.

School uniforms and other uniforms must be produced locally with high quality, the President said. A team of supervisors will be appointed in this regard.

The President further said that those who are willing to enter the garment industry must be facilitated. At present, it is limited to a few, he said.

A broader market for readymade garment manufacturers and local traders must be set up through united decisions and setting up a centre for the international market to buy locally manufactured garments in bulk were highlighted during the discussion.

Quality and prices of the imported threads and dyes for manufacturing garments were also discussed.

Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of Industry and Supply Chain Management J.A. Ranjith, Army Commander and the Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Governor Seetha Arambepola and several businessmen were present.

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