German Government has accepted the request made by the Sri Lankan Government to introduce a 'General Scheme of Preference for least developed countries'. As a result, Sril Lankan garment industry will not suffer with the abolition of the quota system in 2005.
Lakshman Kadirgamar, Foreign Minister, informed the media in a meeting held at the Sri Lanka Institute of International Relations in Colombo after he met with the visiting German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.
"We have argued our case and the German Foreign Minister who is sympathetic to our position, responded positively and Sri Lanka can count on their support", said Kadirgamar.
Based on the best practices adopted by the garment industry and labour standards in Sri Lanka, Germany has agreed to give us special consideration under their `Built in preference system' in Germany", he said.
He further informed that the German Government had also agreed to fund the Euro two million project on a business information network to be set up in Sri Lanka aimed at improving communication capabilities within the countries in the SAARC Region.
Speaking at the briefing, the German Foreign Minister emphasised the importance of enhancing the bilateral relationship between the two countries and said that Germany welcomed the Sri Lankan Government's commitment to the peace process. "We are backing our Norwegian friends playing their role in this regard ", Joschka Fischer said.
July 19, 2004