COLOMBO: Garment manufacturer Star Garments opened a new factory in Kotmale.
Star Garments is USA Multi National company which has a presence in New York, Hong Kong, London and China. It is an important employer with a staff of 10,000 workers in seven factories spread across the width and breadth of Sri Lanka.
Minister of Investment Promotion inaugurated the new factory along with several senior BOI officials.
The Minister visited the new facility with Mr. A. Sukumaran, Managing Director of Star Garments who briefed the minister on the processes used by the company in the manufacture of garments.
Minister Navin Dissanayake also addressed the management and staff of the factory on the importance of their sector to the Sri Lankan economy, stating that the garments industry must continue to maintain high standards to meet the challenges of international competition.
Star Garments first plant was set up in 1978 in the BOIís Katunayake Export Processing Zone.
The new factory that has been completed is a Nipayum Sri Lanka project, which is an integral part of the Mahinda Chinthana Programme. The Nipayum Sri Lanka Programme has advanced considerably since its establishment over a year ago with a total of 224 projects approved by the BOI out of a total of 300. These enterprises have given a new dimension to the economy of the people of outlying areas.
Nipayum Sri Lanka projects have played a part in addressing some of hardships faced by communities in less favoured areas.
The project established in Kotmale will provide 1,200 new jobs. It will also contribute towards strengthening Sri Lankaís garment industry, which is one of the major employers as well as a key export sector in the country.