A top team from Gloria Vanderbilt has urged Sri Lanka to press for a Free Trade Agreement with the US if it wants to increase its exports.

At a meeting with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in Colombo, CEO Isaac Dabbah added that in order to enjoy free trade Sri Lanka must "open its markets, liberalise further and remove subsidies."

He also said an FTA would lead to a boom in business. "The FTA will create a balance between Sri Lanka and powerhouse India but it all depends on the political stability and a peaceful environment in Sri Lanka."

The Gloria Vandebilt brand was acquired by Jones Apparel Group Inc in March 2002.