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Munza Mushtaq

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A US$400-US$500m increase in apparel exports could come by 2018 and onwardsSri Lanka eyes apparel export boost from EU GSP+ 27 July 2017

Executives within Sri Lanka’s apparel sector predict exporters can generate an additional US$400m to US$500m in annual sales thanks to the country regaining the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) trade concession with the European Union (EU).

Torrential rains across Sri Lanka have left at least 206 people dead, 92 missing, and destroyed at least 1,713 homesSri Lanka apparel makers see delays following floods 5 June 2017

Just days since floods and landslides ravaged parts of Sri Lanka, the country's apparel manufacturers are warning they may need more time to honour current orders. But they are also confident the sector will recover so that 2017 exports are not seriously affected.

Sri Lanka's garment sector would be one of the main beneficiaries if GSP+ was reinstatedSri Lanka negotiates with EU for GSP+ 9 March 2015

The new Sri Lankan government has started negotiations with the European Union (EU) in a bid to re-secure membership of Europe’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP+) scheme.

Pay rise mulled for Sri Lanka garment workers 2 March 2015

A call by Sri Lanka’s newly elected government to increase the salaries of all workers - including those in the garment sector - by LKR2,500 (US$18.79) per month, is being discussed by employers.

Factory safety: Initiatives moving across Asia 2 May 2014

Bangladesh is far from being the only emerging market outsourcer that has had problems with factory safety and auditing. Elsewhere in Asia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and especially Cambodia have had their own challenges.

Apparel exports from Sri Lanka are on an upward trajectorySRI LANKA: Apparel exports exceed $4bn target 19 February 2014

Sri Lanka's apparel and textile sector exported a record US$4.3bn in 2013 and its Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has predicted overseas sales will continue rising this year.

Sri Lanka and China trade talks spark intense debate 18 October 2013

The much publicised talks to strike a free trade agreement (FTA) between the world's largest clothing and textile exporter, China, and upcoming niche outsourcer Sri Lanka, is sparking intense debate about its potential impact.

Sri Lanka's Hirdaramani Group opened its first eco-factory in 2008Sri Lanka inches closer to 'regional hub' dream 15 October 2013

An international clothing and textile conference has heard how the growing retail market in the Asia-Pacific region may enable emerging economies such as Sri Lanka to realise ambitious dreams to become regional production hubs.

Improved openness in clothing supply chains is an ongoing challengeExperts urge greater apparel industry transparency 14 October 2013

Whether improved transparency in clothing supply chains will be enough to guarantee a sustainable future for outsourcers in South Asia remains to be seen, but a conference staged in Sri Lanka last week heard plenty of calls for improved openness.

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