Korean push for first ever Lanka regional apparel training

  • Lanka’s top apparel trainer SLITA expands to regions
  • $ 20,000 from KOICA for first regional apparel training


As apparel revenues topped $ 2.4 billion in ‘14 1H, in a new development, Korea has extended its support to enhance industry capacity in North and Sri Lanka’s crucial apparel industry training efforts have now expanded to regions for the first time. “We are receiving today’s apparel technical support thanks to Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Government of Korea. Thanks to KOICA, our apparel training efforts have entered the regions,” said an upbeat Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka and Vanni MP) on 4 August in Mannar.




Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the 4 August inauguration event in Mannar of first ever branch of Sri Lanka Institute of Textile & Apparel (SLITA) under his Ministry. SLITA under Ministry of Industry and Commerce caters to the apparel industry in training, testing, consultancy and technical services and has a world class testing lab which is internationally accredited and is certified with ISO 17025 and 9001 standards. In 2013, SLITA recorded highest income at $ 1.05 million from training, testing and consultancy services. SLITA also has no less than 185 training programs with a total trainee strength of 3,430. SLITA’s 56 strong lecture panel of which 18 are qualified at Masters’ level is yet another benchmark in the industry.


“This office in Mannar will serve the apparel training needs of Northern Province. This is the first time that SLITA under my Ministry is expanding to the regions. Thanks to the commitment of HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the infrastructure of Northern Province is rapidly developing. Our government has allocated more than $ 161 million for development of Mannar District. At the same time, demand for new jobs among the Northern people too is growing and there is pressure for new employment generation. Introduction of apparel training is one way that the government is trying to develop the region and also generate new employment here,” said Minister Bathiudeen,


In this Mannar initiative, the Korea International Cooperation Agency has donated equipment to the value of $ 20,000 – that includes 13 JUKI sewing machines, industrial grade cutting machine and vacuum board, a bottle iron, furniture and computers. KOICA is the main ODAs channel of the Korean Government, and provides development assistance for 44 countries worldwide.


KOICA grant aid programs include development assistance for poverty alleviation, economic infrastructure development, capacity building for public sector and supporting the education sector in Secondary education and Technical and Vocational Training. The international Convention Centre in Hambantota is a KOICA funded projec