The Export Development Board (EDB) together with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Industrial Development Board and the Sri Lanka Footwear and Leather Products Manufacturers Association (SLFLPMA) will provide a platform for Sri Lankan footwear and leather products exporters, manufacturers and SMEs' to showcase their talents and capabilities locally and globally by organizing the sithth footwear and leather fair 2014 from February 7 to 9 .
Footwear and leather industry contributes a considerable share to the country's exports earning and shown a remarkable growth during this year. In addition, the footwear manufacturers caters to more than 50% of the local market requirement minimizing the imports of such items to the country said Harsha Pathberiya, Deputy Director, Industrial Products, EDB.
It is said that 150 operations are necessary to produce a pair of shoe. The growth of this labour intensive industry will widen the employment opportunities for youth in the country too. Internationally acclaimed recognition of the Sri Lanka apparel industry, highly skilled and trainable work force, availability and easy access to natural leather in south India are considered favorable factors for the growth of the industry.
This years' fair will have more than 220 stalls exhibiting a wide range of Footwear, Leather products, travel goods, raw materials, machinery, components and accessories.