SRI LANKA APPAREL MISSION TO VISIT NORTH
CAROLINA TO PROMOTE BUSINESS WITH MAJOR US TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) to host business
meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina
Mission to Cover Major Textile Centers;
Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro & Winston-Salem
A Business Promotion Mission to North Carolina will be undertaken
by the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) comprising representatives
of leading Sri Lankan apparel exporters from 13th to 15th September,
2004, to promote business with US textile manufacturers. Mr. Mahesh
Amalean, Chairman MAS Holdings Ltd. and Chairman, JAFF Sub-Committee
on Human Resource Development/Technology Advanced Initiatives
will lead the Business Promotion Mission. In Charlotte, North
Carolina, they will be joined by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador
to the United States, Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe and Mr.
Saman Udagedara, Minister (Commercial), Embassy of Sri Lanka in
The Mission was initiated by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and the
Office of the USTR as a part of ongoing efforts to strengthen
bilateral trade and investment relations between the two countries.
The purpose of the Apparel Mission is to explore the possibility
of expanding import of US manufactured fabrics, yarn, cotton,
accessories etc., by Sri Lankan apparel manufactures, identify
US fabric manufacturers, who may be interested in investing in
fabric manufacturing facilities in the country to take advantage
of the US one billion fabric import market in Sri Lanka, as well
as, export market opportunities present elsewhere in the region.
In 2003, the Sri Lanka apparel industry imported woven and knitted
fabric, fiber, yarn and thread worth of US$ 1.3 billion from various
sources. The US ranked as the sixth largest supplier of fabric
to Sri Lanka after Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, China and India.
However, imports from the US valued at US$ 47.0 million accounted
for only 5% of the total fabric requirement in Sri Lanka. Hence
sourcing of fabrics from the US could help in improving two way
trade between the two countries.
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), a strong supporter of free trade, will
host the delegation in Charlotte and will introduce them to leading
US fabric manufacturers in Gaston County at a kick off meeting
organized by the Gaston County Economic Development Commission.
The event has been organized with the support of Rep. Sue Myrick
and Chief Textile Negotiator David Spooner of the Office of the
USTR. The meeting will be held at the North Carolina Centre for
Applied Textile Technology (NCCATT). NCCATT is the leading school
in North Carolina dedicated to teaching textile technology. President
of the NCCATT Dr. James Lemons and Mr. Steven Dobbins, Chairman
of the National Council of Textile Organizations and Mr. Gregg
Sizemore of US Department of Commerce will also participate at
Major textile companies in Gaston County including Wellman Industries,
Carolina Mills, Contrad Phyne, Pharr Yarns and Radicispandex will
be displaying their products at the NCCATT and representatives
of these companies will be meeting the visiting Mission to discuss
possible business opportunities and to forge business partnerships.
The Business Promotion Mission will also visit Parkdale Mills
Inc., R.L. Stove Mills and American & Efird Mills in Gaston
The Business Promotion Mission will travel to Raleigh, Greensboro
and Winston-Sale, the major textile centers in North Carolina,
to meet with US fabric manufacturers. The meeting in Raleigh will
be held at the North Carolina State University College of Textiles.
In Greensboro the delegation will meet leading US fabric manufacturers
such as Burlington Industry, Conemills, Elastic Fabric Manufacturers
etc. The Business Promotion Mission will also visit Sara-Lee Branded
Apparel, which has established a state-of-the-art Design Centre
in Sri Lanka and is also scheduled to meet with fabric manufacturers
and representatives of Textile Associations in the area.
Other members of the JAAF mission include; Mr. Janak Hirdaramani,
Director, Hirdaramani Group, Mr. Feroz Omar, Managing Director,
Kuruwita Industries Ltd., Mr. Channa Palansuriya, Managing Director,
Orit Apparels Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. and Mr. Anupam Agrawal, General
Manager, Ishin Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
09 September 2004