An Indian business delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka Friday on a five-day visit to enhance cooperation in the textile sector.
Secretary to the Ministry of Textiles of Government of India Mrs. Zohra Chatterji will lead an official and business delegation to Sri Lanka from 6-10 September for talks to enhance cooperation in the field of powerloom, handloom and textiles, the High Commission of India in Colombo said in a media release.
During her visit, Secretary Chatterji will call on Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, and Minister of Industry & Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen.
She will also meet Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Planning Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, and Secretary, Ministry of Industry & Commerce Anura Siriwardena and the members of Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF).
On 9 September 2013, the two sides will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Development of SMEs in Handloom, Powerloom and Textiles. The MoU will be signed by Mrs. Chatterji on behalf of India and Ministry of Industry & Commerce Secretary Anura Siriwardena on behalf of Sri Lanka.
The Indian official's visit also coincides with the inauguration of "India International Fabric Expo-2013" (IIFE-2013).
This event, organized by Powerloom Development Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) with the support of the Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the High Commission of India, will be held at Hotel Galadari from 8-10 September, 2013.
Ministers Rajapaksa and Bathiyutheen will attend the inauguration ceremony on 9 September, along with High Commissioner of India Y. K. Sinha and other dignitaries from India and Sri Lanka.
According to the High Commission 53 leading companies from India in the powerloom, handloom and textiles sector are participating in the IIFE-2013. PDEXCIL is also organizing a fashion show in the evening of 9 September at Hotel Galadari.