The National Level Task Force (NLTF) formed on December 22 started work on 10 January on the industry’s future roadmap as previously scheduled.
The new national level project is expected to deliver value and professional structure to Sri Lanka’s $ 13m and growing handlooms sector, announced the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen. This effort will bring in Ceylon Handlooms brand to the international markets and also will upgrade and modernize in order to attract more youth to the industry to sustain its long term course, he said.
This is a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce with various stakeholders such as the private, cooperative and provincial council level industries and the Universities, the Minister said.
Minister Bathiudeen announced these in the immediate aftermath of the in-depth, follow up discussion and presentations held on 10 January after the pioneering meet of the high level taskforce on 22 December at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
During the 10 January sessions representatives from the USAID, National Entrepreneurs Development Authority (NEDA), University of Moratuwa, Export Development Board, Department of Textiles, Sri Lanka Institute of Textile & Apparel, and reps from private sector handloom manufacturers, started work on the future industry roadmap of the promising Sri Lankan handlooms sector.