News & Events
Apr 28
Sri Lanka secures crucial EU GSP+ vote

By Himal Kotelawala
In a much needed and highly anticipated diplomatic win, Sri Lanka convincingly defeated a motion to further deny its long withheld GSP+ trade concession at the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday.

Apr 21
European Parliament members want SL to respect labour rights to win GSP+

Sri Lanka must adhere to core conventions of the International Labour Organization and deliver on its promise of guaranteeing employee rights if the country looks to regain its preferential trade status, Members of European Parliament (MEPs) said.

Mar 31
Ceylon Chamber welcomes postponement of SVAT abolition

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce yesterday welcomed the decision by the Ministry of Finance to postpone the abolition of the SVAT system that was due to come into effect on 1 April 2017.

Mar 21
NOLIMIT extends support for Ransalu Privilege, JAAF’s apparel employee’s welfare program for fourth year

NOLIMIT has renewed its support for Sri Lanka Apparel’s employee welfare program for yet another year, reaffirming the brand’s commitment and obligation towards the welfare and wellbeing of the garment employees, who form nearly 80% of the sector’s skill set.

Jan 04
MAS to boost Lankan exports with $ 28 m investment in Fabric Park in Giriulla
  • Govt. hands over former Kabool Lace plant abandoned for 12 years; MAS to replicate successful Thulhiriya Park
  • Giriulla Park will generate over 3,000 jobs, $ 65-$ 70 m export
  • revenue in first three years
  • Prime Minister assures that GSP+ will be regained and boost apparel exports and jobs

By Charumini de Silva

The Government yesterday handed over the former Kabool Lace Giriulla facility, which was shut down for 12 years, to proven apparel giant MAS Holdings to boost jobs and exports.

Aug 24
JAAF hails Sean Van Dort’s appointment to Global Shippers Forum board

The Global Shippers forum welcomed Chairman of the Sri Lanka Shipper’s Council Sean Van Dort to its board yesterday.

Initiated in 2006 as successor to the Tripartite Shippers’ Group established in 1994, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the global voice for shippers. Like the Tripartite Shippers’ Group, the GSF represents the interests of various national and regional shippers’ organisations in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa. The GSF is focused on the impact of commercial developments in the international freight transportation industry and the policy decisions of governments and international organisations that affect shippers and receivers of freight, the body said in a press release. The GSF was formally incorporated and registered as a non-governmental organisation in the United Kingdom in June 2011.

Aug 10
Brandix ranked Sri Lanka’s top exporter

Brandix Group CEO Ashroff Omar receiving the Sri Lankan Exporter of the Year award from President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday
- Pic by Upul Abayasekera

The Brandix Group won a remarkable 11 awards including the Exporter of the Year award for 2014 and 2015 at the Presidential Export Awards last evening, taking the top honours at this prestigious event conducted by the Export Development Board (EDB).

Jun 15
A Big Win for Sri Lanka Apparel and Fashion in London last week

AOD wins the International Fashion Award at UK’s Graduate Fashion Week with Designer Amesh Wijesekara

Amidst the most distinguished fashion audience in London including the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey and Twiggy to retailers like George, M&S , Top Shop etc, AOD achieved a global first for Sri Lankan fashion and design by winning the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week International Graduate Award in London last Wedensday evening. The award, which is a coveted one across the fashion world, is awarded for outstanding graduate talent from across the globe and is considered a testament for true excellence in fashion education. The work of AOD's fashion prodigy AmeshWijesekara won the award competing against some of the biggest fashion schools from Paris, Milan and New York. A recognition of this calibre places AOD's graduate talent and fashion education among the finest in the world.

May 19
Launch of first-ever Dual Interface Debit MasterCard in Sri Lanka

Lake House Printers and Publishers and MCT Cards & Technology together with Channel 17, launched the first-ever Dual Interface Debit MasterCard in Sri Lanka on 16 May at the Cinnamon Grand hotel. The card was issued on behalf of the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and was issued by Commercial Bank in association with MasterCard

- Pix by Upul Abayasekara

May 12
Apparel workers get boost from first-ever Dual Interface Debit Card

By Shannine Daniel

The Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) in collaboration with the Commercial Bank, MasterCard International and Channel 17 on Tuesday launched the Ransalu Pranaama Privilege Combo Card.

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