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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Sri Lanka maintains good export growth-Prof.G.L.

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 11 December, ( Sri Lanka’s Minister for Export Development & International Trade, Professor G.L.Peiris says that the country could maintain good export growth and achieve 14 percent increase, when comparing last year’s export performances.

Addressing the two day Workshop on Good Standardization and Conformity Assessment Practice organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNIDO] in Colombo on Monday the minister said the high quality and internationally accepted standards could increase the export volumes .However the minister said most of industries are located in the Western province and the masses of the other provinces face lack of equal income due to the lack of industries in their areas.

He said the government has launched Export villages in the rural areas to solve this income imbalance.

Minister Tissa Witharana who is the Minister of Science and Technology said the international buyers need quality products and the government has introduced a number of measures to produce quality products and the services.

Minister Kumara Welgama, Minister of Industrial Development said the representatives from the SAARC countries are responsible for standardization and conformity assessment [SCA] .They can share their views and information on ongoing and planned activities to upgrade their SAC systems and to discuss cooperation as a key element to their regional integration process during the two day workshop.

According to the organizers regional economic integration has the potential to be a powerful force for both growth and political confidence building in South Asia. But intra-regional trade is hindered by high tariffs, low quotas, poor infrastructure and diverse and complex requirements in standards and customs.

- Asian Tribune -

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