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India International Textiles Expo-Colombo 2018 inaugurated

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The inauguration of the three day India International Textiles Expo (IITExpo) - Colombo 2018-Exhibition cum Buyer Seller Meet organized by the Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) of India was held at Hotel Galadari recently. It is organized by PDEXCIL with the support of Ministry of Textiles & Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Special Assignments of Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest. Anoma Gamage, Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development of Sri Lanka, Arindam Bagchi, Acting High Commissioner of India, Felix Fernanado, Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Export Association, Purushottam Vanga, Chairman, PDEXCIL were also present.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama noted there are huge opportunities especially considering the regaining of GSP plus status from the EU. Sri Lanka sourcing of textile material from India, and transforming it into apparel and garments for rest of the world, could lead to win-win situation for both the countries.

Arindam Bagchi, Acting High Commissioner of India noted that India would encourage Sri Lankan companies to be part of the supply and value chains of large Indian companies. He noted that apart from traditional fabrics, there is a niche market for products such as banana and bamboo fibres, organic dyes; Sugandha Vastra (Ayurvedic Spice Dyed Garments) etc. and our effort should be to innovate and grow together.

At the event, about 45 exhibitors from various textile clusters of India displayed variety of fabrics (woven, knitted and non- woven), made-ups, home textiles, traditional items etc., in various blends, texture, colour designs etc, suitable for apparel, industrial, technical application and general consumers.

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