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Garment Times Show to focus on Lanka's garment industry

by Ananda Kannangara

The Garment Times Show (GTS), an international trade exhibition to promote Sri Lanka's garment industry overseas will be held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) from September 18 to 21.

It will be opened on September 18 at 5.00 pm. The exhibition will be conducted between 10.00 a.m. and 7.30 pm. from September 19 to 21.

The GTS focuses on the participation of the entire garment industry from manufacturers of garments to suppliers of fabrics, accessories and machinery.

"The objective of holding an exhibition of this nature in our country for the first time is to show international buyers the capabilities of Sri Lanka's garment industry through the manufacturer's exhibits, seminars and fashion shows," Chief Executive, S.D. Publications (Pvt) Ltd (The publisher of Garment Times Magazine) Sujith Gunawardana told the Daily News.

He said that the show will be patronised by international buyers and local buying office representatives as well as the manufacturers themselves. "Although this is a buyer focused show, the fabric, accessory and machinery companies in the suppliers' section will have an opportunity to show the manufacturers what they have to offer to buyers," he said.

Gunawardana said that special attention will be given to fabric and accessories from India, South East Asia and Sri Lanka.

"It will be an added feature for the visiting buyers and the local manufacturers as they can source fabrics and accessories from the suppliers for orders being placed with the manufacturers all under one roof," he said.

He said that this show will help not only buyers but also manufacturers and suppliers. "The manufacturers will gain knowledge on various topics related to the industry including design and marketing," he said.

Gunawardana also said a 60 page comprehensive Pre Show Directory outlining Sri Lanka's tourism and business industry and the garment industry with photographs of each participating garment manufacturer has already been published for promotion purposes and to attract buyers for the show. "The prospective participants can make use of this opportunity by conforming participation well in advance so as to gain publicity among buyers on all visits and other promotions taking place during this period," he said.

Gunawardena thanked SriLankan Airlines for helping them to take a delegation including members of the Government and the industry to several destinations in Europe to promote Sri Lanka's garment industry through the Garment Times Show.


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