Fourth Footwear and Leather Fair 2012 launched at BMICH
Sources of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that footwear
and leather sector which is growing with a workforce of over 30,000 and
is a vibrant industry equal to the apparel industry. The Footwear Fair
will conclude today.
The Fair comprises a designer award ceremony, a fashion show and a
Best Stall Competition.
Among the industry sectors on display are footwear raw material,
travel goods, chemicals, leather goods, components and accessories and
The show began on a small scale in 2007 and has now become an
international event drawing exhibitors from industry players in India
and China. It is now a collaborative effort of many stakeholders-the
Ministry of Industry and Commerce and SLEDB (as organisers), and
Industrial Development Board and the Sri Lanka Footwear and Leather
Products Manufactures Association (as co-organisers).
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce sponsored the event with the
Export Development Board with an investment exceeding Rs. 3 million.
It also provides the opportunity to identify the creativity of small
and medium enterprises and to develop as potential exporters by
establishing contacts with large scale manufacturers.
The show will also assist participants to forge backward and forward
industry linkages at local and international levels so that the growth
momentum of the industry continues. In short, for us to compete
successfully in this sector, a collaborative approach is needed",
Assistant Director, Industrial Products at the Export Development
Board Sriyani de Saram, said: "This event aims at keeping up-to-date
with the latest technologies around the world, to meet suppliers of raw
material, components and accessories, to meet the prospective business
partners and to identify networking opportunities the overseas