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Sri Lanka apparel industry congratulates government; says facing worst time in 40 years

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association forum has congratulated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on the recent election victory.

“JAAF is confident that the Executive and the new government under the able leadership of Premier Rajapaksa will steer the country towards revival of the economy which has taken an unprecedented beating largely due to the outbreak of the deadly pandemic last February,” the group said in a statement.

“The once buoyant apparel sector is facing the worst times in its 40 year history with loss of business and demand worldwide. Yet we are striving to be agile meeting the new normal processes and in terms of healthcare concerns.

The full statement is reproduced below:

Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF)
PRESS RELEASE

The mandate given by the people at the recent polls has surpassed all expectations and it is a fitting tribute to the visionary leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Premier, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Whilst congratulating the Premier elect and the Podu Jana EksathPeramuna on their victory at the polls, we at the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) convey our best wishes and our heartfelt felicitations to the new government

JAAF is confident that the Executive and the new government under the able leadership of Premier Rajapaksa will steer the country towards revival of the economy which has taken an unprecedented beating largely due to the outbreak of the deadly pandemic last February.

The once buoyant apparel sector is facing the worst times in its 40 year history with loss of business and demand worldwide. Yet we are striving to be agile meeting the new normal processes and in terms of healthcare concerns.

Our stake holders, the government, the employees and partners have always stood by the industry during difficult periods before and this time is no different.

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We wish to place on record the industry’s unwavering commitment, determination to stand by the government on the steadfast belief that the stable government with a clear vision of Vistas of prosperity and splendor led by The President, would steer the country towards economic prosperity meeting all internal and external challenges including post Covid development issues and restore the glory of our motherland to secure a strong prosperous nation

JAAF Chairman A Sukumaran in a statement said “the resounding message given by the people is a clear indication of the faith and trust placed on the incumbent Head of State, The prime Minister and the new Government elect in taking Sri Lanka towards prosperity.
We the apparel sector with the support of such stable government will bounce back in no uncertain terms, said A Sukumaran, the chairman of JAAF with utmost confidence.